Does the Second Part Out-Lego the first?

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Does the Second Part Out-Lego the first?

Darius Walters, Staff

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The Lego Movie 2: The second part, directed Mike Mitchell, is a great follow up to the surprise commercial success of the first Lego movie. That first Lego movie was a surprise to many as it seemed like the whole movie was made to be a big commercial for the fan favorite building block toy Legos. This instead turned into a hit success. With two movies made of the same style; The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie, a sequel to the original was awaited. 

Lego Movie 2 is a direct follow-up to the its predecessor, starting with a prologue that recaps the ending moments of the original Lego Movie, then depiction of the aftermath of The Lego Movie’s ending. These events leading to another fun and satirical adventure. The theme of the “self-aware” film continues in this movie with lots of charming and hilarious jokes that critique the movie industry. 

The story follows Emmet as he chases Lucy and a group of their friends after they’ve been taken to the Systar System. The sequel takes a musical direction that the first didn’t. The songs fit the tone and charm of the Lego movies, with sarcastic themes and satire on musical tropes. 

The voices from the first movie are back. Voices like Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks are joined by some interesting additions to the cast. Tiffany Haddish appears in her animation debut as the character Queen Whateva Wannabe. 

This movie is an excellent sequel to an extraordinary film but doesn’t surpass the greatness of the first. Since it is CGI there is clearly a lot of creative freedom. For example, the movie uses an animation style that looks like it was made with real Legos and stop-motion movie making. 

The number of details is a compelling element of the films charm and lore. For example, the animation is an impressive improvement on the first movie’s, showing more small and realistic details on the Lego pieces like smudges, scratches, and fingerprints. Since this is all going down in the imagination of kid’s playing with Legos, it makes sense to have these little details.  

This film did its best to follow suit to its predecessoronly to come so very close and leave very little to be desired. Overall, the movie had everything the first had but fell short because it just wasn’t as surprising. Not too bad for a sequel.