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Spoiler warning: this review reveals important ending details from the original 2014 Lego Movie. The most innovative, daringly different hit projects face two major downsides: the backers are going to want sequels, and the more distinctive a project is, the higher the difficulty level on that sequel. Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s 2014 blockbuster The Lego Movie is an excellent case in point. The entire idea of a Lego-based movie looked like the baldest, most mercenary toy-commercial setup for a film that product placement gurus could possibly imagine. But Lord and Miller turned it into a meditation on creativity and childhood joy, with a side order of side-eye at some big, well-worn fantasy tropes, like the prophesied “chosen one” hero.... Continue reading…