Excitement and fun are what a trip to the movies should be all about. Sometimes I think that’s forgotten as we look for the latest in special effects, massive explosions or dramatic car chases. I was reminded about that fact as I went to see “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” with my nephew Tucker this past Saturday. 

“The Lego Movie 2” takes place five years after the events of the first film. The people of Lego Land have been pushed out of their homes by the Lego Duplo invaders from outer space. Every time they try to rebuild, the Duplo invaders destroy each new building, forcing Lego Land residents to live in a desert wasteland. Despite the grim outlook, Emmet (Chris Pratt) keeps a positive outlook amongst the negative attitude shared between his friends. 

Like the first film, “The Lego Movie 2” is an action-heavy film packed with a lot of jokes everyone can enjoy. The only thing I wish they would have had is a few more jokes from Lego Batman, who is voiced by Will Arnett. Arnett gave Batman a lighter side with a joke-heavy ego. While the Lego movies are geared toward children, there is a lot of humor adults can enjoy. 

Watching Tucker, I could see the excitement on his face as he literally waited on the edge of his seat for the story to begin unfolding right before him. Throughout the film, Tucker would remark and say “did you see how funny that was” or would just have a deep chuckle of enjoyment. It was neat to see him getting drawn into a story that grabbed his entire attention. 

The life lessons the movie teaches to children were not lost on my nephew. Its message is about the importance of getting along with others and building friendships with people who are different than you. After the credits had rolled, Tucker remarked that he works to get along with his sister when they play together. It’s good to see that positive message came through. 

“The Lego Movie 2” is a good film that can be enjoyed by children of all ages with humor for everyone. It is also a film you can set back and have the whole family watch without having to worry about some tasteless comment ruining an otherwise positive time at the theater. I give “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” four and a half stars out of five. 

The movie is rated PG for some rude humor and runs 107 minutes. 

For more information about the film, go to its website at www.thelegomovie.com.

Andrew Branca is an award-winning journalist with the Waxahachie Sun. Contact Andrew at andrew@waxahachiesun.com or by phone at 972-268-7022. Be sure to check out his movie review videos online at www.waxahachiesun.com.

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