I like it. It looks great; I love the visual aesthetics and animation. It looks like we'll be getting some fun LEGO sets out of this. I'm digging the post-apocalyptic Bricksburg in particular. (If nothing else, those might supply some great parts for a possible Fallout brickfilm...) Overall there isn't much to go on, but it's nice to see they're following up the ending of the first LEGO Movie. So, all in all, I'm excited.
I hate Mad Max & Rogue One type gritty war films, and this seems to be a Lego-ified version of that, at least for the beginning. Plus, the Sistar system seems like it could one of those dated 1950's female-only planets, which generally led to a narrative that ended up "preserving" the nuclear family in the end (male travelers hooked up with the female natives, who initially rejected them) and, that sort of thing just wouldn't sit well today - even if it's dumbed down to an, ok, we can just stop fighting and be friends ending to be more kid friendly.
I get being apprehensive about TLM 2 and/or not liking all of the jokes in the trailer, but... seriously? It seems to me that you're making huge assumptions about the film with little justification, and outright projecting what you disliked about TLM onto this trailer, with very little to back up your statements either way.
I'm not sure why you'd immediately assume that this is a "Mad Max & Rogue One type gritty war film", because it's pretty obviously parodying that kind of film (plus, how could you possibly hate Fury Road?). I personally find the idea that something like "Taco Tuesday" caused that much destruction/the collapse of society to be pretty darkly humorous. In fact I'd say the opening of the trailer feels like an outright jab at something like BvS or Fury Road, complete with the over-the-top orange filter and a Mad Max-ified Larry the Barista. And I'm not sure where you get the idea that the Sistar System will be a "1950s female-only planet", because there is literally nothing to suggest that this will be the case. If anything, knowing the writing style of Lord, Miller & co., they're far more likely to subvert or undermine this concept.
That, plus the overbearing brick built effects, overly bouncy animation, and overall feel just was a turn off for me.
Right. Because a movie about a fun, colourful, exaggerated, stylised, and creative building toy obviously shouldn't have fun, colourful, exaggerated, stylised, and creative aesthetics and effects to reflect that. I guess we should just stick the crappy CGI and "flex arms" animation of days gone by.
I get your concern, but at this point it sounds like you've already decided to hate on it out of the box and are making blind assumptions based on nothing but your own biases.
It looked really cool until the "hapless male" part. Kids don't need to be poisoned by adults' bitterness about gender issues left over from the age of the dinosaurs. Give the next generation a fresh start and let them form their own perceptions. Treat boys and girls equally. For that reason my interest has waned sharply.
Calling it outright "bitterness" feels a bit strong. To me it felt like a light-hearted if rather on-the-nose jab about how a lot of leads in films are male (which, let's be honest, is a real problem in Hollywood), and often are allowed to make a lot of dumb decisions because they'll get bailed out by their hyper-competent sidekick. If anything it's an extension of their dynamic in TLM (remember when Vitruvius said that Emmett was the Special precisely because his mind was so empty and unoriginal?). I'll admit it seems kind of harsh given Emmett's character arc and his growing into becoming the Special, but it's also possible Lucy is resentful for being sidelined... which would be some really interesting character development. If TLM is anything to go by, this will be handled with a lot more nuance than it appears in the trailers.
To comment on your comment about "gender issues from the age of dinosaurs"... if they're really so old, why are they still being discussed? If it was as simple as "treating boys and girls equally" we'd already have solved the problem. Having a "fresh start" is impossible because kids are influenced by the world that surrounds them. Every generation is formed by the norms and values of the generation preceding it. These issues aren't going to go away just because we choose to ignore them--which is true of any other issue.
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&Smeagol make the most of being surrounded by single, educated women your own age on a regular basis in college
AquaMorph I dunno women are expensive