Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer
[Warner Bros., 2019]
Everything is awesome in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Ok, that joke was not the best, but this movie is fantastic regardless. Animated movies are typically fun, but in the end, they’re typically worth a single watch and nothing more. Lego Movie 2 managed to take the formula from the last one and turn it into another truly enjoyable movie for everyone through adult humor and a bright, colorful world children will love.
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The movie picks up right where the last one left off, even replaying some of the original footage. After a quick recap to show the horrors of the Duplo Blocks from the Systar System there is a five-year time jump, and with it comes the amazing fourth-wall-breaking sense of humor mocking the outside world. We’re thrown into the world of Apocalypseberg, a dark and edgy world inspired by the broodiness of the teenage creator Finn and the invasion with the colorful, generic pop filled world of the Systar System where the citizens are taken to attend the wedding of Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi, ruler of the Systar System. Not only is the plot a great vehicle for some solid puns, but it also reminds kids and adults alike that growing up doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying the frivolous things.
Despite the fact one of the main things people remember about the first film is the painfully annoying song about everything being awesome, Warner Bros. decided to make Lego Movie 2 a musical – and somehow it works. They didn’t lie while repeatedly singing, “this song’s going to get stuck inside your head.” The songs are catchy and overproduced, but they’re fun. They also add so much to the fourth wall humor. There was an entire number mocking the stereotypical dark and edgy hero that Batman is, and another mocks the clichés of a surprise villain. It isn’t a soundtrack for everyday listening, but it works for the film.
With this being the fourth LEGO movie, one would think the novelty of the animation style would have worn off, but it hasn’t. It’s exciting when the lighting reveals fingerprint smudges on the character’s faces or there’s a chip or scratch on the building blocks. The attention to detail is adorable. The stop motion when the legos are in “our world” is endearing. Everything is just fun to watch. Even the credits are full of real people and their brightly colored and hilarious lego creations.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is fantastic. There aren’t many other movies out right now that will let you enjoy a thrilling journey of self-discovery and acceptance with jokes about Bruce Willis living in the ventilation systems. It’s nostalgic, cute and worth the watch.