The LEGO Movie 2 Isn't Just For Kids; It's For Everyone

Messages about teamwork, friendship and acceptance make this the perfect family film

Terri Lee-Sylvester
February 08, 2019 - 8:00 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - "The LEGO Movie 2: the Second Part' is a worthy enough follow up to the groundbreaking original movie, but it's just not as good as the first.  Whereas the first movie had that catchy song that you just couldn’t get out of your head, the second installment also has some very good musical tunes – including a brilliant one from Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi (played by and sung by Tiffany Haddish) – but it’s not as memorable.  And that’s something I found disappointing because when I saw Elizabeth Banks (who stars as Lucy, aka Wyldstyle) promoting the movie on TV, she promised another “ear worm,” so that’s something I was expecting.  I am glad, though, that the producers did include “Everything is Awesome” in the film, because even though they didn’t use it in its entirety, excerpts and versions of it do pop up from time to time throughout the movie.

Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, in association with LEGO System A/S, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Speaking of “Everything is Awesome,” no it’s not, even though happy-go-lucky Emmet, as usual, wants to believe it is.  Bricksburg, where Emmet and Lucy live, has been reduced to a wasteland.  The town’s residents now refer to the city as Apocalypseburg.  And they’ve given up trying to repair the town because every time something bright, shiny and new pops up, it gets destroyed by the DUPLOs.  Even though Lucy warns Emmet not to bother building something that’ll attract the attention of the DUPLOs, he does so anyway.  And that’s the trigger that sets everything else in motion.

When Emmet’s friends, including Lucy, Batman and Unikitty, are kidnapped by the DUPLOs and taken to a far-away planet by Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi, Empress of the Systar System, Emmet has to find a way to rescue them.  While en route to the Systar System, Emmet runs into Rex Dangervest, a space cowboy who offers to help Emmet rescue his friends.  But, is soft-spoken, laidback Emmet strong enough for the job?  Well, as we know from the first movie, that’s something Lucy has a problem with; she wants Emmet to toughen up.

What is really good about this movie, is that it has important messages about friendship, teamwork and accepting people for who they are.  Very important messages, indeed.  And that’s what helps make this movie perfect not just for the kids, but for everyone.

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