Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Promising Legos

Phil Lord and Chris Miller have revealed some details about The Lego Movie 2. Details that make the sequel sound more than interesting, perhaps a sequel that will equal the original!

Do I need to emphasize how good The Lego Movie was? I absolutely loved it (read no further, because spoilers if you didn't see that film yet), and it was already great before the third act made it even better. It was a burst of creativity and irreverence, and it was surreal on top of that. It was like washing away the bland, cardboard taste of most of 2013's theatrical animation offerings with the tastiest drink ever. Its finale was unexpected and just so perfect. Its central theme, that imagination is essential and that "outgrowing" something positive that's considered childish isn't worth it (family-friendly animated features, anyone?), just topped everything off with a bang. The big question: Where do you go from there?

Lord and Miller might not be directing the sequel, but they are heavily involved. Here's what Miller himself had to say...

“I don’t want to give you spoilers but we were really interested in what happens to that boy who’s in the meta story in the first movie when he’s four years older. When he’s an adolescent how does that change his point of view? And it’s nice to have the characters start in a different place from the first movie. Emmet, for example, was in an existential crisis of having seen another dimension and was questioning the whole point of his existence.”

Wow... I'm already sold. Right off the bat, they plan on expanding the first film's story and actually exploring different things, rather than just making a fun, throwaway sequel. Then again, it's Lord and Miller. 22 Jump Street was just as well received as its predecessor, Cloudy 2 was well-liked as well. I like the idea of Emmet having an existential crisis after the events of Act 3, again it adds more depth to what was already a strong story. It's what a great sequel really should do.

That being said, I do wonder how much screen time Finn will get considering that Lord and Miller want to look into his adolescent years. Will he "grow out of" Legos? Who knows! The sequel already had so many possibilities to begin with, so it'll be very interesting to see which direction the duo brings it.

The Lego Movie 2 is currently scheduled for an undetermined 2018 release, so they're actually taking their time. At first it seemed like WB was going to fast-track it, but now that doesn't seem likely. The Lego Batman Movie is the bigger priority, for obvious reasons. That'll be released in 2017, presumably 5/26/2017. WB has yet to state what the actual release dates are for both films. Ninjago has had its current 9/23/2016 date for a while.

Anyways, I was initially a bit skeptical. I kept my hopes up because of Lord and Miller, obviously, but now I'm really excited about this sequel. Are you?

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