The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

If possible, see this film with children to avoid being suspected of being a pervert.

The Lego Movie 2 The Second PartWhile I will highly recommend The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, it recreated the problem that I always run into when I watch an animated film alone. With the theatre filled with families, I always try to sit in an isolate spot so that I don’t make anyone feel uncomfortable. While I believe I have told this story in a review before, I have had families actually get up and move away from me if I sit too close to them in a particular row. Given what is going on in our world, I don’t fault their insecurity one bit.

This is a film that both kids and adults will embrace. You watch as the Lego citizens of Bricksburg are left facing invaders from outer space who seek to destroy their world. Despite the fact that our Bricksburg citizens, led by Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) and Batman (Will Arnett), still view their community as awesome, they are forced to take a journey to their assailants’ home planet in the Systar System to try to save their existence.

Emmet is a guy who sees good in everyone and simply wants to build a modest home out on the desert to live in with Lucy. However, when Lucy is kidnapped, Emmet seeks to find a way where he can conquer his singular focus on little more than having fun. In the process, he teams up with a no-nonsense companion who turns out to be a future version of himself.

Once they reach the alien planet, Emmet and Lucy are left to battle Queen Watervra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish), a nasty shape shifting queen. Most of Emmet and Lucy’s companions become mesmerized by the music the they hear, and Batman becomes so seduced by the Queen that he agrees to marry her.

The story by Phil Lorde and Christopher Miller, along with the music by Mark Mothersbauh, frequently uses quick references to other films that are quite clever. For example, among other characters you will see Han Solo and Abraham Lincoln, voiced by Will Forte and Morgan Freeman, along with a quick appearance by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In addition, there are moments when the film transports you to the real world where two children, watched over by their mother, Maya Rudolph, use their collection of Legos to construct their own universe.

While this is a tough movie to adequately describe it is an easy movie to emotionally embrace. I suspect you will find it to be a rousing good time.