‘The LEGO Movie 2’ is a true feast for the senses

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“The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” doesn’t quite reach the surprising magic of the first film in the franchise, but it comes really close to the humor, music and heart.

The first “LEGO Movie” arrived in 2014 with a unique and wacky sense of humor, a love of catchy music and a surprisingly deep emotional message. Several spin-offs have come and gone with varying success, but now the first true sequel is here to remind us all that everything is awesome.

The filmmakers are almost too clever for their own good. When mysterious and girly aliens kidnap all of his friends, lovable LEGO hero Emmet must learn to grow up and venture to the far-off Sistar System to save them.

Emmet teams up with the very manly Rex Dangervest, while his favorite gal pal, Wyldstyle, takes on the charismatic alien Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi.

“The LEGO Movie 2” doesn’t rest on its laurels and simply remake the first film.

This is a new story with a new message, just as important as the first. It will be especially meaningful for exasperated mothers and quarreling siblings.

And if you remember the surprise classic twist of the first “LEGO Movie,” the filmmakers have found some fun and enjoyable ways to pull the wool back over your eyes. They’ve got a couple new twists in the new film that really warm the heart and make you think when the truth comes out.

“The LEGO Movie 2” and the LEGO franchise in general are a cut above the average animated movies. These films don’t simply rely on wacky characters and pop culture references.

The care and thought put into these movies is evident in both the quality of the script and the resonance of the important themes.

There’s still a bunch of pop culture references, but “The LEGO Movie 2” seems to put more thought into them.

A real standout of the new film are the songs, enough to nearly make the new film qualify as a musical. The songs are a fun mix of colorful and soulful, and they really make the movie pop.

Making sure the movie “pops” seems to be the guiding force in the LEGO franchise. From the songs to the jokes to the new characters to the wildly imaginative LEGO animation, everything in this film is a feast for the senses, especially the sense of humor.

“The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” is the rare sequel that builds on the first movie, while also having its own meaningful story to tell.

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