BEIRUT: The much-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, global box office phenomenon that started it all, THE LEGO MOVIE 2 reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all-new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city.
The battle to defeat the invaders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe takes Emmet, Lucy, Batman and their friends to far away, unexplored worlds, including a galaxy filled with fantastic planets, strange characters and catchy new songs.
There is no doubt that following up THE LEGO MOVIE was going to be tough, but the sequel does what every good sequel should do, it tests its characters and forces them to grow into more mature, grittier, harder, and tougher versions of themselves.
The interesting question that THE LEGO MOVIE 2 asks is: Is this darker version the proper version to become?
The answer lies in the film’s themes which are all about coming and working together and a through-line about not losing that childlike sense of wonder and the willingness to use your imagination, all relevant in an ever-growing toxic world.
THE LEGO MOVIE 2 is an allegory on how a kid might change through the years.
It all starts with basic playsets, then expands with the awareness of other elements and influences, all of which get incorporated, and then the introduction of friends or siblings, and how all of that affects the way the play evolves.
In this film it is the intrusion of an imaginative sibling who wants to join the fun; and as their clashes build they fuel the battle and raise the stakes for everyone – leading to the apocalyptic Armageddon!
At its core this film is about connecting, pun definitely intended, and coming together in order to expand not just the world but creativity, fun, and experience.
Narratively, with the heavy weight of the themes, THE LEGO MOVIE 2 follows Emmet as he travels across the Lego-verse with his dark mentor Rex Dangervest in order to save Lucy and his friends from the un-evil princess Watevra Wa’Nabi.
Yet, everything is not as it seems, and this is another parallel to growing up and how outside interreference may change the way you see things and as a result change you as a person.
The sequel is beyond colorful and a visual treat, exploding with color, whimsical design and music with a party vibe.
It includes a few new musical numbers, and a new more relevant rendition of “Everything is Awesome.”
There’s a lot of crazy action and one-of-a-kind characters, and the same irreverent, out-of-bounds comedy an audience expects from Chris Miller and Phil Lord that resonates with all ages, though this film is helmed by Mike Mitchell.
The voice cast from Chris Pratt, to newcomer Tiffany Haddish they are all on top of their game, and it is clear they are having the time of their lives making this film.
THE LEGO MOVIE 2 will most definitely be a favorite among the younger audience, but adults will also get a kick at all the references, cameos, and double entendres.
Putting all the crazy, whimsy, and sparkles aside, the film’s core values are the most important aspect.
No matter who you are, where you are, or how old you are, there is nothing more essential than creativity, teamwork, and the value of play!
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