The Dove Take:
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part couples pure, clean fun with the meaningful moral of loving people for who they are.
It’s been five years since everything was awesome, and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.
Once a colorful LEGO metropolis, Bricksburg is now a grim, post-apocalyptic town that has been repeatedly destroyed by mysterious monsters. Cheerful and upbeat Emmet Brickowski (voiced by Chris Pratt) is the only one who doesn’t seemed fazed by the destruction. He dreams of settling down with Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) in a cozy cottage built for two, but Lucy thinks he is out of touch with reality. Then the masked General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) kidnaps Lucy, Batman (Will Arnett), Benny (Charlie Day), Unikitty (Alison Brie), and MetalBeard (Nick Offerman) and whisks them away to the Sis-tar system, where Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish) reveals her secret plan. Emmet sets out to find them, hoping he is not too late.
The Lego Movie 2 tells a wildly entertaining story chock full of explosions, fight scenes, rescues, secret schemes, plot twists, and derring-do, where everything and everyone is made out of Legos. The film doesn’t quite reach the bar set by its predecessor, missing some of the pop and charisma the first Lego movie is known for; instead, it leans into a touching moral of acceptance and love that makes it a film all its own.
Throughout The Lego Movie 2, the film gives tasteful hints that this whole story is happening within a real boy’s imagination. These glimpses show something much deeper at work beneath the constant wit, punchy pop culture savvy, and celebrity cameos. The boy Finn and his sister learn how to get along and selflessly enjoy playing Legos together. It is a simple but touching moral that brings balance into the film.
Though younger or more sensitive kids might find some scenes upsetting—where main characters argue or are in danger, for example—they will undoubtedly be enthralled in Emmet and Lucy’s new adventures and will love the constant creative use of Legos. For viewers who are ready for a considerable amount of Lego destruction, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is Dove -Approved for all ages.