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The first big animated movie of the year is just a few weeks away. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is the long-awaited follow-up to the hit The LEGO Movie. There have been plenty of spinoffs since 2014 but now fans are finally reunited with Emmet, Wyldstyle, Batman, and the rest of the gang. So, was it worth the wait? Yes, for the most part, according to critics who took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the sequel.

The LEGO Movie 2 continues the adventures of Emmet (Chris Pratt), who's still his same old cheery self even as the world has descending into a post-apocalyptic wasteland because of a war with the Duplo aliens. The sequel always had a lot to live up to because of how much people love the original movie. According to CinemaBlend's own Sean O'Connell, the sequel is still funny, but doesn't quite match up to that first film.

While the first LEGO Movie was initially seen as a branded cash grab, it quickly surprised people with how funny, unique, and heartwarming it was. Audiences loved it and it went on to become a box office smash.

The general vibe from critics seems to be that while the sequel is still very enjoyable, it never really surpasses the original. One critic praised the animation, but felt that the movie went on for a bit too long.

It was always going to be tough for The LEGO Movie 2 to feel better than the original. There is the argument that it doesn't have to be "better" to be good, so it may be up to each individual person to determine how much they measure the sequel against the first movie.

Of course, there are those who have nothing but praise for the animated sequel. One critic gushed about the movie. He even went as far as to say that it was the first movie of 2019 that he really loved...which isn't that amazing considering it's still January.

So, The LEGO Movie 2 is still a very funny and heartwarming experience that may feel a little bit like we've seen this already. All things considered that's not too shabby, and I'm still excited to get a chance to see this thing for myself.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is directed by Mike Mitchell with Chris Miller and Phil Lord (the directors of the first film) returning as producers and writers. The cast of the film is still just as stacked as the last one with Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, and Nick Offerman returning. New additions to the cast include Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz and Maya Rudolph.

The LEGO Movie 2 arrives in theaters on February 8, 2019. To learn more about the sequel, here's what we know so far.

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