The Lego Movie is a 2014 computer-animated adventure comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and features Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman in the voice cast.
The film takes place within a massive Lego World, where the evil Lord Business (Ferrell) plots to "end the world" by using a super weapon known as the "Kragle". The only hope to stop the Kragle is a red brick known as the Piece of Resistance. A person known as "the Special" is prophesied to find the piece and save the world. Construction worker Emmet (Pratt) finds the piece and finds himself caught up in a wild adventure to stop Lord Business. Emmet partners up with other Lego figures such as the woman Wyldstyle (Banks), the elderly wizard Vitruvius (Freeman), and even Batman (Arnett).
The Lego Movie is as colorful, creative, and fun as the building block toys that it is based on. It also features witty humor and a heart-warming story to boot. The cynical viewer might claim that The Lego Movie is just another example of how Hollywood and filmmakers have no new and fresh ideas anymore. The optimist, on the other hand, might believe that a film inspired by a successful toy line that encourages users to be as imaginative as possible has boundless potential for creativity and enjoyment. The Lego Movie takes the latter and runs with it. Every sort of Lego figure that exists is present somewhere in this film, which includes delightful cameos from the most beloved of superheroes such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. There's also Abraham Lincoln, William Shakespeare, and even Shaquille O'Neal.
If this film doesn't slap a big giddy smile across your face, then I am not sure what will. Kids can watch this film and laugh until they pee their pants. Parents can sit through this film as well and laugh and enjoy it for several different reasons too.
- The voice cast. There are some major stars at work here, and they all bring their A-game. Chris Pratt shines as the by-the-books, everyday man Emmet, who is way over his head. Will Arnett nails it as a sarcastic, self-centered Batman who is also the funniest character in the film. Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Will Ferrell are also all superb in their respective roles.
- The animation. Even if the film is computer-animated, everything is Lego-constructed and really makes you want to pay attention to the backgrounds and various landscapes. Water within the film is really just a sea (not literally) of dinky blue Lego pieces, explosions and fires are also Legophied, it's all an experience you can't get the full impact of in just one sitting.
- There really are no major low points in The Lego Movie. The film is too busy in having as jubilant a time as possible, and no characters drag the film down in any notable way. There's just so much fun and excitement going on in this cinematic toy box that I fail to see anything to be irate at.
An energetic and partying-good time for all ages, The Lego Movie proves that the creative and imaginative potential of its source toy material can translate extremely well to film. If only I could say the same about, oh I don't know, the Emoji movie.
Recommend? Yes! It's awesome fun for all ages!
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