WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, in theaters now.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part covers a lot of territory in the course of its 107-minute runtime, traveling even through space and time. The 3D computer-animated sequel also examines the moral of the 2014 original -- that anyone could be "The Special," with the potential to change the world -- only from a darker perspective: What if you can't recognize that same potential in others? That's the lesson learned by the boy Finn (Jadon Sand) and by protagonist Emmet (Chris Pratt) by the end of the film.
Five years after the events of the 2014 blockbuster, repeated attacks by Duplo invaders have transformed cheery Bricksburg into a wasteland, named Apocalypseburg. When General Sweet Mayhem, arrives and announces that Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi of the Systar System intends to marry Batman, the Duplo army kidnaps the Brick Knight, Lucy, Benny, Metalbeard and Unikitty, it's up to Emmet to rescue them, and help restore harmony to the LEGO universe.
Not Everything Is As It Appears
Emmet and Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) eventually reunite, before the wedding of the shape-shifting Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi (Tiffany Haddish) to Batman (Will Arnett). Emmet has learned how to utilize his emotions as weapons, taught by his new friend, Rick Dangervest (also Chris Pratt). The three devise a plan to stop the wedding and free their friends from supposed mind control. However, Lucy discovers that her friends aren't brainwashed, and that the supposedly evil Watevra and her chief enforcer General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) are simply nice people with poor communication skills.
However, Emmet accidentally goes through with the plan, and destroys the Systar System. But just as he realizes the mistake he's made, Dangervest captures him and flies away. Dangervest reveals that he's actually a version of Emmet from a future where he never made it to the Systar System in the first place, and was instead lost under the Washing Machine. Bitter because his friends never came for him, and deciding he's the only person he can trust, he adopted the "tough" personality of Dangervest and stole the pieces for a time machine so he go back and destroy the Systar System, thereby ensuring his own existence. Apparently successful, he sends Emmet to his fate, trapped beneath the Washing Machine.
As in the original film, the narrative of is derived from the imagination of a child playing with LEGO. That development is realized by Finn breaking apart the creation his sister Bianca (Brooklynn Prince), in retaliation for her taking his toys in an effort to play with him. The fight is the final straw for Mom (Maya Rudolph), who orders the kids to put away their LEGO in storage bins. To the LEGO, this is Mom-Aggedon, and is the apparent fate of everyone except Dangervest and Emmet. But like Emmet in the first film, Lucy manages to affect the real world, and escapes the bins after rallying the other LEGO. Emmet and Dangervest fight beneath the Washing Machine, but the arrival of Lucy changes Dangervest's past and erases him from the present. Finn and Bianca settle their differences, and the pair build a new world together, letting the LEGO live in peace with one another.
Where We Go From Here
The movie ends with the assembled LEGO living in peace. Emmet and Lucy go back to their rebuilt home, Batman and Queen Watevra remain in a relationship, and seem genuinely happy together. All in all, the LEGO characters find a new degree of peace and enjoyment. That's best personified by Lucy, who goes from wishing Emmet were tougher when the movie opens to actually softening her edges. She even reveals the reason she supposedly hates the song "Everything Is Awesome" is because she was one of the singers who recorded it.
In the real world, the relationship between Finn and Bianca is also reinforced, to the happiness of their mother. After the battle between Emmet and Dangervest is realized as the visualization for a child going through an emotional crisis, Finn comes to terms with his own worries. As Emmet remembers that people care about him, Finn realizes there are people he cares about, too.
In theaters now, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part stars Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Offerman, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Tiffany Haddish, Maya Rudolph and Stephanie Beatriz.