By Michael Ahn ’22
Previously to The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, the first LEGO movie explained that the fictional LEGO world is actually a real young boy’s toy set. As the boy plays with his toys, the toy world operates correspondingly. For example, when the boy picks up a spaceship and “flies” it across a room in the real world, the same ship actually flies in the fictional LEGO world.
The original LEGO movie ended with a cliffhanger in which the boy’s younger sister, who has a fictional LEGO world of her own, comes and “invades” her brother’s LEGO sets.
From the boy’s perspective, his sister is taking over his toys and bothering him. However, from fictional LEGO world’s perspective, “aliens” from the “Systar” system are invading and destroying their home world.
The movie’s plot mainly operates from the fictional toy world’s perspective, with the central protagonist once again being Emmet, the construction worker with endless optimism from the original LEGO movie.
Many other heroes of the boy’s LEGO world, including DC’s Justice League heroes, attempt to fight back the aliens of the Systar System. However, the Systar aliens are made of larger and more durable Duplo bricks whereas the boy’s LEGOs are made of smaller and fragile regular bricks. All the heroes of the boy’s LEGO world fail miserably, and their fellow minifigures are forced to live in post-apocalyptic cities and adapt to a grim, dark, lifestyle.
Even in the face of this disaster, Emmet, however, remains cheerful and bright. At least, until the aliens once again invade their world and abduct his friends. This leads Emmet to embark on an adventure to the Systar System to rescue his friends.
Overall, I would give this movie a solid 4 out of 5. It defintely lives up to the bar the first LEGO movie had set. Both have colorful and catchy animations with a family-friendly atmosphere.
But beware, for older audiences, both LEGO movies’ childish plot, singing, and corny jokes could seem boring and downright uninteresting. That being said, the movie is absolutely perfect for younger audiences who would instead enjoy the movie’s simple and colorful style.