The first LEGO Movie came out on February 7, 2014 and it was way better than it had any right to be. It surprised many people with its charm and likable characters. It was a hit among critics and audiences alike, so naturally a sequel was announced.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part was released into theaters on February 8, 2019 and received a slightly more mixed reaction. I believe it is not only an excellent movie, but also an excellent sequel. There are two certain things I believe a good sequel should do. First, it should expand upon the universe and then, continue pre-existing arches.
This movie does a great job with both of these things.
The Second Part was a True Sequel
The LEGO Movie 2 does a great job expanding their universe. It introduces many new characters in the Systar System, which also expands on the real-world part of the first one. This movie is about a brother and sister fighting over their LEGO bricks, which is shown in a great way.
The LEGO figures that come from the Systar System act in the exact way you would expect a younger sibling to play with LEGO. Another thing they introduce is the kids’ mother. Though she didn’t play a large role in the movie but did play an important one. She served as motivation for a lot of the characters, especially with Emmet’s vision of ‘Our-Mom-Ageddon’, the LEGO equivalent to their mom getting involved and taking all of their LEGOs away.
The second thing this movie did well was continue arches from the first movies. The best examples of this are Emmet and Lucy.
In the first film, Lucy learned she needed to loosen up and be her true self. She opens up to Emmet and tells him her real name. Emmet learned he had what it took to be “The Special,” which was inside him all along. He just needed to be himself. Both of these arches–and life lessons–are continued, if not, completed in the Second Part.
Lucy learns to accept who she is, and even told Emmet her real backstory. Emmet was doubting himself because he didn’t think he was tough enough to survive in the apocalypse, but he eventually learned that he was good enough, and that he didn’t need to change who he was. They learn these lessons apart, but come together in the end.
I didn’t go into this movie expecting it to top the first LEGO Movie, and in my opinion, I don’t think it did. But it did do one thing right. It was a great sequel. It fleshed out its characters and world in interesting ways. It was also fun, funny, and emotional when it needed to be.
Overall, this was not only a great sequel, but also a great movie.