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Everything (For the Most Part) is Awesome Again in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part—written by this decade’s legit greatest animated movie screenwriters, Chris Miller and Phil Lord (who make most of Disney’s recent attributes seem like child’s play),—comes off as a passably tolerable, vibrantly decorated children’s’ feature that later on blossoms itself into a flamingly witty children’s’ AND adults’ feature that’s bound to electrify the little ones while maybe even stuffing the parents with un-toughening amounts of misty-eyed, raw emotion. 

So a little background on my experience with the first one. Most people seem to have deemed it as “one of the best animated movies of the decade” back in 2014. I’m not bricking around though when I say that I wholeheartedly think that The LEGO Movie IS the best animated movie of the decade! To this day, I view it as the most unexpectedly “awesome” movie I’ve ever witnessed in my entire life. So as prophesied, I was pleading for this sequel to live up to its predecessor—despite disliking the watery trailers/teaser trailers/teaser teaser trailers/whatever configuration of a trailer I left out—and not bail-out like Hollywood’s most popular, trivial, hop-scotch prequel/sequel/spinoff cash grabs.

For the first half of this movie, I can’t lie, I was getting a tad concerned that this movie was going to suffer from major sequelitis due to its awfully turbo, too-meta-for-it’s-own-good formula—that might I add, has become quite established already since we’ve seen this recipe fabricated more productively in three other LEGO movies. This mundane scheme appeared to be leading this movie off into oblivion. But, once the film gets kicking, it GETS kicking. The nucleus of this film starts to reveal itself as an emulate of the original LEGO Movie, thanks to its deftly kiddie-like version of a Christopher Nolan screenplay.

The Second Part decides to traverse off into another domain of family morals that sharply resonates as another clever parallel between the real world and the LEGO world that had me, by fair means, moved. Additionally, there are boatloads of themes that are acutely wholesome—although, slightly trite—that kids can blissfully digest. Also, there are some good, good twists in here which ultimately, sustains the LCU’s (LEGO Cinematic Universe’s) streak of surprises.

Yes, it’s not quite as authoritative or proficient as the original but, gosh-darn it, I can’t deny that I was meticulously spellbinded by this rib-tickling sequel. Everything is totally not not awesome this time around. (Verdict: C+) 

One thing is for sure though that this movie got 100% right: Manufactured pop music will brainwash you. 

The LEGO Movie > The LEGO Batman Movie > The LEGO Movie 2 > The LEGO Ninjago Movie (I like them all regardless however—yes, even Ninjago which, TBH, doesn’t deserve the bitterness it typically receives)

(SPOILERS) THEY MAKE A RADIOHEAD JOKE IN THIS MOVIE! A RADIOHEAD JOKE! MAD RESPECT! 

AND THAT GIRL FROM THE FLORIDA PROJECT!

“The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” will be released in theaters February 8, 2019.

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