‘Lego Movie’ sequel hopes to build on the first

‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ is out in US cinemas this weekend. — Picture courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures
‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ is out in US cinemas this weekend. — Picture courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures

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LOS ANGELES, Feb 8 — The residents of Bricksburg return to the big screen this week in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, this time finding themselves in an apocalyptic world after the invasion of strange heart and star-shaped extra terrestrials.

Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks once again voice Emmet and Wyldstyle in this new brick world, where the story of the plastic characters runs in parallel to that of young boy Finn who has built the Lego world and is getting frustrated with having to share his playtime with his younger sister Bianca.

After Wyldstyle and several other quirky mini figure characters are captured and taken to alien Queen Whatevra Wa’Nabi, Emmet sets off on a mission to rescue them whilst challenging what it means to be a man in the process.

“It’s slightly revolutionary that there’s this incredible male character... Emmet who wins everything through love and optimism and not through fisticuffs,” Banks told Reuters.

The film is set five years after the original Lego Movie, which took around US$470 million (RM1.91 billion) at the box office worldwide.

While Everything is Awesome was the catchy theme song of the first film, the sequel has This Song’s Going to Get Stuck Inside Your Head as its new tune.

“As these characters age up, that’s the time they start to realise ‘Well, not everything is awesome and the world isn’t perfect’,” writer/producer Christopher Miller said.

“Once you realise that, we thought you can either make a choice to either be cynical or angry or broody or dark about it or you can make a choice to be kind and positive and empathetic.” — Reuters

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