Lego movie sequel suffers identity crisis

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Guerin Balkovec, Staff Writer

When The Lego Movie came out in 2014, it brought a new innovative way to tell a story through its animation. But where the first film in the series excelled, the direct sequel flops in every imaginable way.

This downward trend in quality started when Warner Bros. came out with two spin-off entries in the series within the same year. 2017’s The Lego Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie were both nowhere near as impressive as the original that they sprung from.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a continuation of the end credits scene from the first movie, where it is revealed that there is a not-so-friendly sister who wants to play with her brother.

The film is supposed to be about two siblings fighting over their toys, but instead it ends up feeling like two screenwriters fighting over what they want their movie to become. The main character is having inner turmoil about his personality over the course of the film, but the personality problems that the movie itself has become far more noticeable over time.

The soul that the movie’s predecessor had seems to have been ripped out in favor of poorly placed jokes and musical numbers that end up becoming what they intend to parody.

Upsettingly, there are no other movies in theaters that can be seen with the whole family right now, so it is probably best to save some money and wait for something better.