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Early Reviews for ‘Lego Movie 2’ Say Everything Is Still Awesome

The excitement for the sequel is, well, building.

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Five years after kids and parents alike fell in love with the Bricksburg gang, the cast of the original LEGO movie is back in a much-anticipated sequel. And according to (mostly) positive early reviews, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is just as awesome (and hilarious) as fans would expect. But is this going to be as groundbreaking as the first? Probably not.

“[LEGO Movie 2] captures the magic of the first, and even *cough* builds on it,” raves Hugh Armitage of Digital Spy. “The second movie’s story is less silly and more genuinely moving… it’s something that many viewers will identify with, adding emotional depth to the franchise’s madcap comedy.”

Yolanda Machado of The Wrap agrees. She notes that parents will love the subtle messages that are woven throughout the movie, including “challenging what defines a hero, firing shots against toxic masculinity, celebrating true girl power, and treasuring the fleeting moments of childhood for as long as you can.”

Along with the more complex and meaningful plot, many critics also praised the film’s soundtrack, packed with upbeat, enjoyable tunes that they say are sure to get stuck in viewers’ heads (especially the appropriately-named “Catchy Song”).

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And fans can expect to be laughing just as much as they did during the first flick, if not more. “[The] script includes a great deal of one-liners that will have members of the audience laughing out loud – to the point that viewers may miss certain jokes because folks are still laughing at the last one,” says Molly Freeman of Screen Rant.

Of course, reviewers also had some criticism of Paul Lord and Christopher Miller’s sequel. Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly, for instance, says that The LEGO Movie 2 is missing “that white-hot spark of insane creativity and out-of-the-box novelty” that the original had. “Everything is still awesome. Just a little bit less so,” he explained.

However, Nashawaty doesn’t deny that it’s a must-see for families. “Everything you probably loved about the first Lego Movie is here. And your kids (and my kids) will gobble it up with an ear-to-ear smile on their faces,” he wrote in his review.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part will be released in theaters across the country on Friday, February 8.