Remember those small, yellow things you used to “accidentally” stick up your nose as a kid? Yeah, they have lives you know.
Normal, everyday Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) lives in a world that is controlled, run-by and practically dominated by the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell). In this plastic world, everyone is to wake up, follow their day throughout a precise set of instructions and guide-lines, always smile, swallow overpriced coffee, go to work, be happy about it, get that paycheck, sing terribly-catchy, yet excruciating pop-songs like “Everything is Awesome” and go home to watch mind-numbing sitcoms like “Where Are My Pants?“. It’s so painfully dull and monotonous, but nobody cares, nor does anybody fret, because quite frankly, nobody knows any better; not even poor Emmet, who is just like everybody else. But things begin to change for Emmet once he stumbles upon an an ancient artifact known as the Piece of Resistance. He knows nothing about it, but he’s soon picked-up by the rebellious ass-kicker known as Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), and is told that the fate of humanity lies in his hands, and his hands only. In better words: He IS the “chosen one”, and it’s up to him to stop Lord Business’ maniacal ways.
The plot is the same old, cookie-cutter stuff that we’ve seen done in a million other movies (*cough cough* Star Wars), but that doesn’t matter because it’s all used so that the directors can get all sorts of these LEGO-pieces together and see what sort of magic they can make-up next. Needless to say, for a kid who has played with LEGO‘s all throughout his childhood, it was an honor to see the likes of 2002-era Shaquille O’Neal, rub shoulders with none other than Batman himself. And no, I do not mean that ACTUAL Shaquille O’Neal and Bruce Wayne got next to one another, showed their faces to the camera, and rubbed shoulders; I mean that their LEGO figures did.
And that’s where all of the fun lies with this movie, whether you like it or not.
Chances are though, going into this, no matter how idiotic you may think the idea of LEGO movie being, you’re going to be laughing, be having a great time and totally surprised by what this movie does; not just with its animation, which is quite stunning to look at pick-apart, wondering just how they were able to film it all, but with its script, that displays hilarious wit at a non-stop pace. Most of the jokes here, are made solely for the adults that will most likely get roped into seeing this, and there is no problem with that whatsoever, because there’s a lot of humor here that had me howling like a banshee in my seat. I mean hell, there’s even a joke about how they refer to one character as “Michelangelo, the artist”, and another as “Michelangelo, the Ninja Turtle.” Now, if that doesn’t make you at least crack a smile or two, then I have no freakin’ clue what will!
But there’s definitely plenty out there for the kiddies as well, which doesn’t mean that there’s just a whole bunch of slap-sticky, or fart jokes to make them giggle – there’s a whole bunch of action, fun and excitement that gets thrown into this, all because you can tell that both Phil Lord and Chris Miller clearly care about the audience that this movie is being made for. Sure, you could argue that a LEGO movie actually does exist, solely to sell more toys and merchandise, and I wouldn’t disagree with you. However, the movie isn’t just an-hour-and-a-half ploy trying to grab your arm, snatch your wallet and long-dart you to the nearest Toys R Us or Wal Mart; it’s actually an animated-flick that’s pretty damn hilarious, fun and always able to gain your attention, no matter how many times you may have to remind yourself that you are in fact watching LEGO‘s, up on the big screen.
It’s a strange feeling that even I had a problem getting through on occasion, but I knew one thing: I was just happy knowing they weren’t actually MY LEGO‘s. After all of the abuse and torture I put those poor things through, lord only knows that if they ever became animated and alive, they’d come after me, and with a vengeance, too! Same goes for my sister’s Barbie Dolls!
Although, that may be a different story entirely….
Anyway, moving on!
Though it is hard to go on and on without talking about the voice-cast, I do have to give all of them credit because they do some energetic, spunky work here that definitely makes you see their wild and goofy figures brought to life. Chris Pratt is growing up more and more each day into the perfect “everyday man”, even if in this instance, it just so happens to be a LEGO; Elizabeth Banks sounds as sexy and dangerous as she should as Wyldstyle, almost too sexy and dangerous for a kids movie where young boys will most likely be present in viewing; Will Arnett is hilarious as Batman, by basically just being Gob Bluth, disguised as Bruce Wayne; it’s neat to see someone like Morgan Freeman lending his voice to an animated-movie as goofy as this, but you know, the guy gives it his all and really seems to be enjoying the hell out of himself; the same being said for Morgan Freeman, can practically be said about Liam Neeson who seems like he was definitely a bit tipsy during the voice-over recordings, but hey, it made it enjoyable to listen to; and if there was one weak-link to be found in this voice-cast, it’s probably Will Ferrell, who is definitely as harsh he should be with a name like “Lord Business”, but the act gets stale after awhile and you can sort of tell that Will Ferrell himself is enjoying this a bit too much. Maybe somebody like Nic Cage would have done this guy total justice. Actually, not “somebody”, definitely Nic Cage.
But being that this is an animated movie, which is more often than not, being marketed towards the whole family, there obviously has to be a message learnt here, which there is. However, that may also be where my main problem came from – the way in which it kept on hitting me over, and over head with what message it was trying to get across. Granted, Miller and Lord take a very bold-step in the last-act with a twist that I honestly can’t say I saw coming (one which I won’t spoil here), but it’s one that didn’t feel necessary. Reason being is that whatever this movie was trying to tell us about “expressing ourselves no matter how strange or different we may be from the rest of the crowd around us”, all felt like something we understood right after Wyldstyle steps in and decides to shake things up with this story. Clearly this movie wanted to be more than just your typical, fun-for-the-whole-family animated-fare, but rather than being a simple, ode-to-love flick like the Croods, it ends up going for more of a Lorax-feel, that got a bit too preachy and a bit too strained with what it was trying to say. Doesn’t mean the fun didn’t stop, but it definitely did bother me a whole lot and took me away from most of the action that was happening on screen, most of which happened and was said so fast, I couldn’t make-out half of what was going on.
But you know what? That’s the fun of it, everybody! So definitely do make sure to go out and see this! Just make sure you have at least one cup of coffee to assure yourself that you’ll be able to catch almost anything and everything that Lord and Miller are throwing at you. Because do trust me: They’ll give you everything. Even the kitchen-sink.
Consensus: Almost anything and everything that Phil Lord and Chris Miller have at their disposal, they’ll launch at you, and then some with the LEGO Movie, but it’s always fun, exciting, hilarious, appropriate for all ages, and most importantly, as quick-as-a-Jack-Rabbit. So make sure to keep up and not get too distracted by too much butter being on your popcorn!
8 / 10 = Matinee!!
Photo’s Credit to: IMDB, Collider, Joblo, ComingSoon.net
I just saw this today. I quite agree. It is very entertaining.
Awesome. Can’t wait to bring my three year old to this. I hear it described today as Toy Story as done by Mel Brooks. Sounds fun.
That’s a perfect analogy, because that’s what I was definitely feeling!
I’m seeing this tomorrow and I’m ridiculously excited for it. Your review just made me more excited! Nice job, Dan! 🙂
I’m glad! Give it a watch!
Great stuff. Looks like a fun movie.
And it is! See it!
I watched it tonight. Lots of laughs and fun. I get what they did with the Will Farrell reveal … I’m still thinking how I feel about it.
Wow… Reading this post was a pleasure! Great review, Dan.
Also, will this be as much fun for someone who has no fucking idea about any lego thing? 😛
This should be a lot of fun! Surely a must watch for me 🙂
I would think so!
Watching this tonight. And I am unbelievably excited. The trailer is too funny.
It is and it’s awesome!
I didn’t expect I’d be so desperately looking forward to the release of a film about, well, legos, but here we are!
Hey, that’s the beauty of what can happen when you have a good thing!
Such a fun review to read! Cant wait for this, it’s out on Valentines day here in the UK so, obviously, a great way to spend it.
I would definitely think so!
Awesome! Can’t wait to see this.
I was surprised by how funny the trailer was, so I’m actually looking forward to seeing this film at some point. Good review.
Thanks Lauren! It’s surprisingly very funny, for anybody of any age!
I can’t wait to see this!!! Also I think Nic Cage shoiukd have his own Lego range!
He would be the perfect gift for any kiddie!
Nice review. I’m hoping to see this tonight, so it’s good to see a good score.
The more I read about this movie the more excited I am to see it! Good review!
Thanks, Sarah! It’s definitely one you can’t wait to just see. You just gotta see it!
Love it!! Can’t get that theme song out of my head too!!
Neither can I! Oscar-material right there!
Great Review. Im off to see it tonight.
Awesome Dan! Glad to hear you liked it so much. Can’t wait to take my kids soon!
They’ll love it! But I think you might just love it a bit more!
I wasn’t expecting the twist at all either, but I really enjoyed it and didn’t feel like it was hitting me over the head with it. I felt like it got the tone right throughout and loved it possibly more than my daughter who wants her own Unikitty now.
Some of it didn’t quite work for me, but overall, I left with a huge smile on my face and that’s all I truly needed.
Yeah, I’m seeing this one. I think the kids might come too and not want to spend the whole time wanting to use the bathroom….
Let’s hope they don’t and take papa away from something awesome!
Great review! I’ve heard loads of positive stuff about this already, looking forward to going to see it
As you should, it’s definitely worth the trip and the watch.
Great review. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would.
Which is awesome!
Great review man! Catching it later. Really encouraging to hear some many good things about it. Ended up spending £70 on Star Wars Lego the other day because I was so excited haha.
There ya go! You know what you want!
Glad this came out as good as it did and isn’t just some licensed crap, can’t wait to see it. Awesome review!
Thanks, man! It’s pretty rad!
This sounds way more fun than I imagined it would. In fact, I’m quite excited about it now. Cheers Dan!
I think everybody is, which is awesome!
Awesome review!! It’s so encouraging to hear you praise it as much – I’ll definitely be seeing this once I can. 😉
I hope you definitely like it when you do give it a watch!
Can’t wait to check this one out. I think I will have more fun than my kids will, Good post, bro!
I think so!
Can’t wait to check it out. Since i saw the first trailer i was sure it would have been a fun movie. Now your review confirm this idea. Thank for the excellent review!
Thanks! It’s definitely a fun time, so be ready!
Nice review, Dan. I actually did see the “twist” coming from a mile away, as there were tons of hints at it all throughout, and though it’s probably the most problematic aspect of this film, this was still a very fun and enjoyable movie nonetheless. 🙂
I didn’t quite notice it, however, I don’t know why I didn’t. I think I was just too swamped-up in how awesome this movie was for so long!
Great review. I didn’t like the twist and found it slowed the last part of the movie down too much. It wasn’t needed, but I do see why they wanted to do it that way. It’s no “Toy Story” but definitely better than I expected.
It’s definitely one of the better animated-flicks I’ve seen in quite some time. Probably since Frozen.
My sister wanted to see this based on the trailers alone. The only redeemable joke from them was “the double-decker couch”… but your review convinced me to give it a shot and we all had a great time watching it.
Thanks for that as well as leaving a comment on my write-up 😎
Gave it the same score as you. Enjoyed it a lot when I saw it this past weekend. Agree with you that the twist at the end was not necessary and I actually did not like it went there….
We loved this movie. I didn’t se the plot twist at the end coming, either. I cannot
wait for this to come out on DVD, so we can buy it. It was great. I laughed loudly
in the theatre.
One of my faves this year so far. Loved it!
Can’t wait to see this. Have heard so many good things about it and now your review has me all the more enthused.
Great review, loved this film. The cast the story where great and the ending was surprisingly deep. Chris Pratt is going to have a very promising career 😀