A Perfect Follow-up to The LEGO Movie
Not only was this extremely funny, the story perfectly (and logically) extended what was set up at the end of the first movie. There is a bit of Toy Story 3 in this one, in that it definitely addresses the tension between staying young and innocent and wanting to seem grown up. The whole family went for opening night, and even our pre-teen son who is starting to think movies like this aren't "cool" anymore enjoyed it all.
Anyone with a sibling will appreciate and understand where the filmmakers are coming from here. Like the first movie, the set designs are amazing, the action is both outrageous and creative, and most importantly, underneath it all is a warm-hearted approach to childhood and family. We loved all the new characters too, pretty much everyone on screen got a chance to grow a bit.
For die-hard LEGO fans (as we are in our house) there are a ton of clever in-jokes, especially regarding the differences between the "traditional" LEGO sets/characters and the more "girl" oriented LEGO Friends lines. Based on a couple of the reviews here I think some of this aspect was lost on some of viewers, but for those that want more, it's there.