That bloody song huh?
‘Everything Is Awesome.’ Maybe it was just as memorable (terrible?) as Frozen‘s ‘Let It Go’ but that bloody song.
I think in many ways it worked hard to diminish my overall experience with The Lego Movie, but with how it fits into the narrative and supports “marching to the beat of your own drum”, everything IS awesome.
So is its follow-up movie awesome?
The citizens of Bricksburg face a dangerous new threat when LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space start to wreck everything in their path. The battle to defeat the enemy and restore harmony to the LEGO universe takes Emmet, Lucy, Batman and the rest of their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds that test their courage and creativity.
I remember thinking that the first film ended up having such a strong message to it, that come it’s conclusion it should just end there.
But I’m not Hollywood, and Hollywood demands a franchise!
And so we end up with The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.
From the get-go I wasn’t so sure if we actually needed this feature. Aging itself up because thank god films want to follow continuity these days, we see our fearless heroes in the new world of Apocalypseburg, which is just Bricksburg but absolutely tanked.
We rejoin Emmet (Chris Pratt), who is still our diamond in the rough of other characters that clearly reflect the adult spectrum, remains a sparkle of joy in a world clearly not made for him.
Events unfold that force Emmet to confront adulthood again, because ultimately these stories are about what Lego represents to the imagineer with a touch of “What do we forget as we grow up?”.
Though it doesn’t find a way to be as impactful as it’s former, when it reaches its intended message, it surprised me with how well it was woven into the overall story. I honestly felt “Sh*t…I did not see that coming…” (me too Pietro…).
The cast excel at their job once more, with new members Stephanie Beatriz and Tiffany Haddish bringing a whole new world with them (in more ways than one).
It ain’t reshaping the wheel, but that’s probably because it’s Lego. But it’s another fun romp with Emmet and friends and everything is MOSTLY awesome (this’ll make sense after you view the film).
Fun enough with a message that comes out of nowhere, it doesn't hope to rebuild The Lego Movie but simply add another kit to an already fun world.