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Laramie Movie Scope:
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Lego world faces an existential threat, in a funny way

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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February 18, 2019 – Children fighting over Lego toys in the real world causes a similar rift in the Lego world in this animated sequel to the popular 2014 film.

As the children start growing up, so do the Lego characters they are playing with. In the sequel, we revisit the characters from the 2014 film and find that Emmet Brickowski wants to marry his sweetheart, Lucy. He has constructed a nice Lego house for them.

While Emmet remains unchanged, however, the world around him has changed drastically into a kind of Mad Max landscape of ruin and danger called Apocalypseburg. Lucy has evolved to match her surroundings, taking on the tough survivalist character, Wyldstyle.

An invasion of Apocalypseburg by forces from another Lego world prompt Lucy, along with Batman, Superman and other heroes go off into the unknown to find out what is happening. They are captured by Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi of the Systar System, who attempts to brainwash them. Only Lucy is able to resist the tempting music of her captors.

Emmet modifies his house, turning it into a spaceship. He goes off in search of Lucy and the others. He is rescued from destruction by the heroic Rex Dangervest. The two set off in Rex's spaceship to rescue Lucy from the Systar System. Along the way, Rex teaches Emmet to be more of a grownup and use his anger power to destroy the Systar headquarters.

The plot gets complicated by time travel, and the fact that the Lego people completely misunderstand what is happening to their world because they are being affected by forces in the real world that are beyond their control or understanding. Some of the action in the film has Lego characters moving around in the real world. There is a bit more interaction between the Lego characters and their real world counterparts than you might expect in a Lego movie.

The movie cleverly intertwines these two stories, the real world struggles of a brother and sister, to the consternation of their parents, with the Lego world struggles of Lucy, Emmet and Rex, to tell a tale of how a child should grow up in a non-destructive way.

As in past Lego movies (The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie) the movie uses lots of cultural references and jokes which appeal to a very wide age group. It is a movie suitable for the whole family. It is funny, the characters are interesting, and it has a nice positive message. What's not to like? This movie rates a B.

Click here for links to places to buy or rent this movie in digital formats, or to buy the soundtrack, posters, books, even used videos, games, electronics and lots of other stuff. I suggest you shop at least two of these places before buying anything. Prices seem to vary continuously. For more information on this film, click on this link to The Internet Movie Database. Type in the name of the movie in the search box and press enter. You will be able to find background information on the film, the actors, and links to much more information.

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Copyright 2019 Robert Roten. All rights reserved.
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