Lego has always had such a special place in my life, along with millions of other people. Lego isn’t just a toy, it’s a chance to be creative and ignite your imagination with not only yourself but those around you.
That’s the message I took away from The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. I was a big fan of the first Lego Movie back in 2014 as well as one of the spin-offs, The Lego Batman Movie. It’s easily one of my favourite animated movies of all-time.
Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all-new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city. It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. The battle to defeat them and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet, Lucy, Batman and their friends to far away, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.
While the first Lego Movie was filled with wall-to-wall jokes, The Lego Movie 2 took a slightly different approach. That’s not to say that The Lego Movie 2 wasn’t funny, there was still jokes and fun to be had but the story had a lot more heart (both literally and figuratively) to it. This is especially true when it came to the live-action sequences (of which there was more this time around) in the film that took place in the real world.
From a visual standpoint, The Lego Movie 2 looked amazing. Everything from the little details (like oil from kids’ fingerprints or mini-figures’ legs not fully attached) on each of the characters to the vast world they live in, you can tell that a lot of work went into this movie. The animation for the film was great as it emulated stop-motion animation but was still CGI.
Even though the film is set in a world of Lego, there are aspects of the real world that made it into The Lego Movie 2 such as steam, fire, grass and soil but all in Lego form. The Lego Movie 2 also incorporated objects such as stickers and scraps of fabric that producer, Dan Lin says, “We want kids to feel like this is a world they can build themselves.
In terms of music, composer Mark Mothersbaugh returns of the score of The Lego Movie 2. In addition to the orchestral elements, the film featured a few new songs including the danceable pop earworm, “Catchy Song”, two new renditions of “Everything is Awesome” and a few songs by Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi.
The Lego Movie 2 was directed by Mike Mitchell with the animation direction by Trisha Gum. Meanwhile, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the writers and directors of the first movie, were writers and producers on The Lego Movie 2. The film was also produced by Dan Lin (It, The Lego Ninjago Movie, The Lego Batman Movie) and Roy Lee (It, The Disaster Artist, The Lego Batman Movie).
I had high expectations going in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part since the first one was that great and the second movie did not disappoint. If you were a fan of The Lego Movie, and enjoy movies that have humour, heart and catchy songs, then you’ll thoroughly enjoy The Lego Movie 2.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is now in theatres including 2D, 3D, IMAX and IMAX 3D.