The Lego Movie Review

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What happens when you combine the universally loved Lego bricks with the genius of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs’ Phil Lord and Chris Miller?

Something – which this movie’s catchiest song is about – that is awesome.

Everything is awesome.

And it really is.

The Lego Movie is a tale about Emmet, an everyman in the universe of Lego, voiced by Parks and Recreation’s Chris Pratt and immortalised as a wonderfully animated Lego minifigure. Emmet is thrown into a world where he has a chance to break away from the life of just another cog in the machine and rise towards his destiny: becoming The Special, a master builder who will help save the day and the entire Lego world from the clutches of the evil Lord Business (voiced by Will Ferrell).

Only problem is… Emmet isn’t exactly special. He’s a blank slate of a person who has been sucked into the machine where everyone is equal, but in a way that is ultimately hurtful for Emmet. Because he’s so much like everyone he fades into the background, until this adventure gives him a chance to achieve his destiny and be the most important person in the universe.

And this is a universe that contains Batman (brilliantly voiced by Arrested Development’s Will Arnett).

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The Lego Movie is a film that is full of hilarity, creativity, and heart. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs – Lord and Miller’s first animated outing – was a film of a similar concept and design, but The Lego Movie has really turned everything to 11. 

It is just so hilarious. Every five seconds you are laughing. Whether it’s a pun, reference, wordplay, or sheer goofballness, The Lego Movie never slows. 

The attention to detail is breathtaking. From every brick painfully animated to such a degree that you can actually see fingerprints and the word “Lego” on each connecting piece, to the way explosions, fire, smoke, and other effects are visualised in a world of Lego, to just the entire construction of the sets and the vehicles and other contraptions, The Lego Movie is definitely a landmark of animated cinema. And voice acting.

It has a phenomenal cast. US sitcom alumni from shows such as Community, Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fill out the cast, not to mention the wonderful Elizabeth Banks as main female lead Wyldstyle and star turns from Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, and Liam Neeson to name a few. Some of the cameos definitely make their mark too.

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There really isn’t a black mark against The Lego Movie’s record. It has a watertight script that never fails to entertain and amaze, and it even broaches subjects you never thought it would.

If you’re a creative person, you should watch this. If you want a good laugh, you should watch this. If you’re young, or if you’re old, you should watch this. If you love Lego or have never even touched a single block or seen Lego before, you should watch this.

It’s a love letter to Lego, it’s a perfectly constructed kids film that all ages will appreciate, it’s beautiful, it’s emotional, it’s very very funny…

…And it has a song that Batman wrote about how he’s an orphan.

Which. Is. Glorious. 

The Lego Movie opens in cinemas February 14th, 2014.

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