Exclusive Review: 'The Lego Movie 2' Is Awesome

Lego Movie 2

When The Lego Movie was released in 2014, it blew everyone's mind. Not only was the movie about Legos, it was made entirely of Legos. But even with that innovation, the movie was still greatly entertaining, and definitely a lot of fun. After taking a quick detour to tell Lego Batman's story, Emmett, Lucy, and the rest of the crew are back with a new adventure in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Moms got an invitation for an exclusive early screening, and we were not disappointed at all.

The Lego Movie 2 picks up literally at the moment where the first movie ends. When Finn's little sister's Duplos descend upon Bricksburg with the intent to destroy, we learn they have been successful. Now re-named "Apocolypseburg," the Legos are living in a wasteland, hardened by five years of conflict. It seems that everyone has grown into a surly adolescent. Well, everyone except Emmett (again voiced by Chris Pratt.) He's still as lovably clueless and innocent as he is in the first movie. And he's still hopelessly in love with Lucy (still voiced by Elizabeth Banks), who he has built a house for to show his devotion.

Soon, an alien spaceship shows up. General Mayhem (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz from Brooklyn Nine-Nine) shows up to take the Legos to see Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi (voiced by the hilarious Tiffany Haddish) of the Systar System. The queen wants to marry Batman as a way to unite the two worlds. When Lucy and his friends are taken, Emmett must fight to get them back. He has had a prophetic dream about the ensuing "Ar-mom-ageddon" and knows that he has to again be the one to save the day. With the help of cool new Lego Rex Dangervest (also voiced by Chris Pratt,) Emmett learns lessons about growing up, becoming jaded, and the importance of staying true to yourself.

In addition to new cast members Beatriz and Haddish, there are a bunch of awesome new voices, including Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Maya Rudolph as Finn and Bianca's mom, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginburg has herself. There are also new worlds — the best one being the entire Lego Friends part of the Systar System.

The Lego Movie 2 tackles a really valuable lesson for kids who are finding themselves coming into adolescence — how do you find the balance between childhood and growing up. Much of Emmett's emotional journey in the film is because everyone keeps telling him to grow up. But then, when he does, everyone realizes that growing up doesn't mean you have to give up who you are.

Another theme the movie explores is the relationship between siblings. Without giving away too much of the plot, the relationship between Finn and his little sister Bianca is the driving force of the movie's conflict.

And before you ask, this movie is just as fun as the first one musically. Of course, we'll never forget "Everything is Awesome," the theme song to The Lego Movie. But for The Lego Movie 2, the theme is even more of an earworm. Firstly, it's called "The Catchy Song." That's all you really need to know. You will 100 percent find yourself singing it for days later.

In the end, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part does what many sequels don't — it improves greatly on the original. While it retains the fun and irreverence of its predecessor, this movie packs a lot more heart into the story. It's exploring more complex themes, but presenting them in ways that are very easy for kids to understand. And it's still incredibly entertaining for parents — there's a great scene with Maya Rudolph and rogue Legos at the end of the movie that had all the parents in the theater cracking up. Basically, if you loved The Lego Movie, you're going to love this one even more.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part opens this Friday, February 8th.

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