The Lego Movie (2014) – Movie Review

Lego’s have been around since 1949. There is no denying the success of the Lego’s franchise – they have video games, amusement parks, books, etc. While I’ve never owned Lego’s, that didn’t stop me from enjoying this fun, witty, and surprisingly touching film.

The Lego Movie follows Emmett (Chris Pratt), a construction worker who lives a mundane life of obedience. He buys his overpriced coffee and goes to work, following the same routine day in and day out. The place is run by Lord Business (Will Ferrell), a man bent on freezing the world in place using the Kragle. Emmett is an ordinary guy who’s not known for much and usually goes unnoticed – that is until he meets Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and finds the mythical Piece of Resistance. He is deemed the “Special” making him the smartest, most talented, and most interesting person in the world. He and his companions, Wyldstyle, Batman (Will Arnett), Vituvius (Morgan Freeman), Unikitty (Alison Brie), and Benny (Charlie Day) have to save the world from Lord Business while also constantly escaping Lord Business’s henchman Bad Cop (Liam Neeson).

The greatest thing about the film is that it’s genuinely fun and witty. From the interactions between Superman and Green Lantern (I wish there were more of those) to the frantic action scenes, this film is just plain entertaining. There are moments for both adults and kids to enjoy. The film is good for most of the run time, but in the last 15-20 minutes, the film elevates itself into something more than just a fun animated film. It changes the entire story and makes it much more emotional. I wouldn’t dare spoil what happens, but it was extremely unexpected. It makes the film feel deeper and have more meaning than I thought it would have.

The voice acting from everyone is awesome – just like the incredibly catchy theme song of the film ‘Everything is Awesome”. Morgan Freeman’s Vituvius and Will Arnett’s Batman stand out among the rest of the crowd. The film features a lot of appearances from many famous/fictional characters such as Abraham Lincoln, Gandalf, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Wonder Woman, Shaq, and so on. While it has appearances from these characters, it never becomes too overrun. The animation is 100% CGI with pseudo stop-motion and it’s extremely beautiful. The film has great characters, great humor, a great plot, and by the end of the film is surprisingly touching and oddly profound. This film exceeded the expectations I had for it and I loved every second.

Some notes:

  • “Spaceship! Spaceship! Spaceship! – Probably the funniest part of the film for me.
  • The Millennium Falcon and Han Solo showing up was great.
  • This film has some great satirical and meta moments.
  • It’s pretty early in the year, but this is definitely a contender for the Best Animated Feature Oscar next year.

Rating: 8.5/10


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