The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part - 2019
Age-appropriateness: LEGO action
Overview: It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. Centering on sibling rivalry, this sequel picks up where the original left off and characters learn what it means to grow up and get more in touch with deeper feelings.
Themes: LEGO bricks, growing up, tweens, future visions, sibling rivalry, family, care/compassion, unity, authenticity, vulnerability, heaven, brokenness, expressing emotions
The Quick 3
Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.
1. Family. If there’s anyone in your family you don’t currently get along with, how can you show them that you’ll never give up on them?
Emmet says he’ll never give up on his family.
2. Brokenness. Do you think it could be possible that if your life is "breaking apart", that God could be planning to build up something even better?
Rex says “you have to break things down in order to build them up”. God uses broken people all of the time. We all make mistakes, and if we humble ourselves and come to the Lord with our brokenness, then His strength can shine in our weakness.
3. Vulnerability. Do you find it difficult to open your heart and be vulnerable? Who is someone in your life that you can open your heart to?
Emmet says “it’s easy to harden your heart, but to open it is the hardest thing you’ll do”. Vulnerability is sharing openly and honestly with someone knowing you are risking being hurt. Paul once wrote a letter to his friends, the Corinthians, asking them to open their hearts: "Oh, dear Corinthian friends! We have spoken honestly with you, and our hearts are open to you. There is no lack of love on our part, but you have withheld your love from us. I am asking you to respond as if you were my own children. Open your hearts to us!" (2 Corinthians 6:11-13).
After The Movie Discussion Guide
Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.
1. The kids had old toys that they didn't think were cool to play with anymore. What you did you used to play with as a kid that are no longer cool to play with? What are your new favorite toys now that you’re older?
2. Our-Mom-ageddon is the future vision of the end of the LEGO world. God gives us an idea of the future of our world as well. Revelation 21 says, "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared...God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Did you ever realize that God was going to give us a new heaven and a new earth? What do you think these places will be like?
Check out this article on How to Talk to Your Kids About Heaven.
3. The Systar system was seen as a far away place that was very dangerous. People were afraid to travel there because it would be very uncomfortable for them. Acts 1:8 tells us to go to the ends of the earth to share the news of Jesus. Are there any places on earth you’d be afraid to travel because it’s so different than what you’re used to?
4. Emmet learns that growing up means that he’ll change. Some of that change will be good, but some will be really hard. What is the best part of growing up? What is the most difficult aspect of it?
5. Emmet was worried that Rex might’ve been a made up version of himself to satisfy his ego. Is there any “version” of yourself you ever dream of being?
6. Some of the characters that were taken to the Systar system were “brainwashed”. That means they were convinced of a lie to be the truth. We have an enemy (Satan) that is said to be the father of lies, and he wants to “brainwash” us to believe anything outside of God’s plan for us. John 8:44 describes Satan in this way: "He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies." Have you felt yourself, or seen anyone else, that is brainwashed and believes a lie to be true?
Here's an article on How to Talk to Your Kids About Satan/Evil.
7. The sweet toys wanted to get along with Emmet’s toys all along. Have you ever thought it’s possible that your sibling (or friend) wants to get along with you?
Minute By Minute Guide
Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.
:01 The brother and sister play together. Do you like playing with your siblings/friends? What is the best game you and your siblings/friends play together?
:09 Lucy says that when you grow up, you realize that everything is not awesome. Do you find that to be true? What things in your life are not awesome?
:21 Emmet is bold and courageous, trying to inspire his group as a leader. Courage is being brave enough to make good choices, even when you’re afraid. Have you ever had to be courageous by doing the right thing, even if it wasn’t the popular thing?
:25 Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi tried really hard to let people know she’s not evil. She tried to keep up appearances by trying to prove herself as a good person. Lucy says suspicious and doesn’t trust her. Do you think Lucy is right to be skeptical? Who are some people you are suspicious of? How can you try to get to know them better?
:33 Rex Dangervest says there’s no one else he can trust but himself. Do you ever feel like that? Who are the people in your life you can trust?
:35 Emmet asks Rex to teach him everything, because Emmet wishes to be more like him. We all need older role models to pour into us so that we grow more mature. Do you have a role model in your life that teaches you things?
:39 Lucy’s backstory is revealed. Her friends find out that she used to be different than she is now. When we accept Jesus into our hearts, God's Word promises us that we will become a "new creation". 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" We are still the same person: but now that we follow Jesus, our whole life changes, in a way. We don't have to be shameful about our past. God uses our experiences to make us who we are today. Is there anything about your past that your hiding?
:42 Rex says “you have to break things down in order to build them up”. God uses broken people all of the time. We all make mistakes, and if we humble ourselves and come to the Lord with our brokenness, then His strength can shine in our weakness. Do you think it could be possible that if your life is "breaking apart", that God could be planning to build up something even better?
:45 “Catchy Song”. What song is stuck inside your head right now?
:48 Emmet explains what he’s feeling, and it’s different than his usual positive, optimistic self. He acknowledges that he has real fears and that it’s okay to not be okay. Are you ever afraid to share your feelings?
Check out this article on How to Talk to Your Kids About Expressing Emotions.
:54 “Gotham City Guys”. Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi says she doesn’t like Batman and it makes him jealous. Jealousy is wanting to have something that someone else has. Is there anyone who says they don’t want to hang out with you? Is there anyone you’re jealous of?
1:07 Even though she was skeptical and people had taken advantage with their “sad eyes” in the past, Lucy decides to save one of the sweet toys. Do you think she should’ve done this, even though she’d been burned in the past?
1:12 Lucy reveals her authentic self to Emmet and reveals that she has always liked him exactly how he is (happy go-lucky). Emmet doesn’t believe her and ends up wrecking the Systar system. Have you ever showed your true self to someone? How did they react?
1:13 Rex reveals he is Emmet in the future. Emmet gets left behind and forgotten, leading to the creation of Rex. He says “anger was the key to his freedom”. He thought the solution was to time travel and destroy everything. Do you think that was the best move? Will hurting people ever make yourself feel better?
1:17 Rex says he taught Emmet to “harden his heart”. A "hardened heart" is the opposite of a soft, loving, open heart. A hard heart is mean, nasty, and bitter. God's Word says that a hard heart distances someone from God, because God is love. Ephesians 4:18 says, "Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him." Have you ever felt like you had a hard heart?
1:19 Emmet says he’ll never give up on his family. If there’s anyone in your family you don’t currently get along with, how can you show them that you’ll never give up on them?
1:25 Emmet says “it’s easy to harden your heart, but to open it is the hardest thing you’ll do”. Vulnerability is sharing openly and honestly with someone knowing you are risking being hurt. Paul once wrote a letter to his friends, the Corinthians, asking them to open their hearts: "Oh, dear Corinthian friends! We have spoken honestly with you, and our hearts are open to you. There is no lack of love on our part, but you have withheld your love from us. I am asking you to respond as if you were my own children. Open your hearts to us!" (2 Corinthians 6:11-13). Do you find it difficult to open your heart and be vulnerable? Who is someone in your life that you can open your heart to?
1:26 Emmet admits everything isn’t awesome, but we can make it more awesome if we remember we’re in it together. Is there anyone you need to reconcile with? Anyone you’ve been fighting with that you need to make up with?