Childhood Nostalgia: New LEGO movie review


A promotional poster for the movie, which came out Feb. 8.

Dani Almase, Reporter

Editors Note: This is part one of a multi-article series about the most anticipated  children’s movie sequels this year that are sure to instill a certain degree of childhood nostalgia.

LEGOs are plastic building blocks usually played with by young kids to construct anything their imagination desires. With LEGOs, children have the ability to assemble buildings, cars, animals and even people. LEGOs are not only used as toys, but they are the building blocks of many people’s childhood.

Playing off this nostalgia, director Mike Mitchell released the sequel “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” on Feb. 7. The animated fantasy runs about one hour and 46 minutes and costs about $7.49 per child ticket. It is filled with action and comedy; however, for someone who wants a more mature film, the movie may not be the best fit.

The sequel takes place five years after the conclusion of the original. Young teen boy, Finn (voice of Jadon Sand), has his own LEGO world where characters from the previous movie, such as the protagonist Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) and Batman (Will Arnett), live and play in. However, Finn’s younger sister Bianca (Brooklynn Prince) starts to take some of his LEGO creations in their basement along with her own set of Duplo bricks to play with in her own room.

Meanwhile in Finn’s LEGO universe, the Duplo invaders have turned Bricksburg into a post apocalyptic wasteland called Apocalypseburg. As a result of the invasion, General Sweet Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz), the leader of the Duplo Army, arrives in Apocalypseburg and announces that Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish) of the Systar System intends to wed Batman. Emmet then goes on a mission to save his friends from the Duplo army in the Systar System with the help of his new friend Rex Dangervest (Chris Pratt). Along the quest, Emmet learns important lessons, such as friendship, unity and teamwork. At the end of the movie, Finn and Bianca also discover that playing together is the only solution, and they should get along because it will result in peace in both universes. The movie ends with a good message to children about including everyone and that harmony is key.

Before watching the sequel, I would recommend that people view the first LEGO Movie. I did the mistake of not watching the original, and for the first 20 minutes of the second film I was a little lost. Overall, I believe the “The LEGO Movie 2” had some parts that were amusing, but altogether the plot line was average and forgettable.

I mostly enjoyed and was entertained by the music. The songs were upbeat, catchy, and amusing. My favorite song was “Not evil” performed by Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi to convince Lucy that she was kind. The music that was used would help move the plot along to transition to other scenes. The only other time I was really engaged in the movie was the plot twist with Rex Dangervest. That scene caught my eye because it was really the only thing that was completely unpredictable. But after that scene, the storyline faded again back to a standard one.

On the other hand, maybe I didn’t appreciate the plot as much because of my age, and I prefer movies that are more mature. I believe the story was average because it drags on and sometimes bores, which makes it easier for your mind to drift elsewhere. For example, the scene with Lucy trying not to like the catchy song was too long and unnecessary that it made the film confusing. I also felt like there wasn’t a straightforward storyline, and it made it hard to follow sometimes which makes your mind drift even more. The story plot was generally confusing and subpar.

When I was a child, I always loved playing with LEGOs. If I had watched the movie when I was younger, I could possibly enjoyed it more. However since I watched it as a junior in high school, I didn’t quite get the childhood excitement I used to get when I was younger watching children movies.