Movie Review: The Lego Movie
Prinz Lee wrote this review 3 years ago
Personally, “everything is awesome” would be an understatement for LEGO’S first full-length feature. Living up to its hype, “The LEGO® Movie” is fun, creative, funny, cute, vibrant, colorful, up-lifting, entertaining, interesting, and unique! Honestly; there aren’t enough words to describe how much of a gem this turned out to be.
In an era where animated features can hold their own among other genres, they’ve become must sees whenever campaigning and/or promos start off for these kinds of films. A lot of it stems from certain studios distributing them, stabilized franchises and last-but-not-least the kind of visual and emotional affect they may generate. Titles like “Monsters University,” “Up,” “Despicable Me,” “Madagascar” or “Toy Story” (to name a few) have been major contributors among all of the animated hoopla going on these days.
However, when word about a LEGO film erupted, it sparked a flame of all sorts of interest considering its history and overall existence, especially among toy collectors of past and present. Little by little as we knew more about it, anticipation kept growing and once it was presented as a whole with finalized release date, trailers, images, posters and all…it was a wrap. Its vortex had everyone mesmerized and it’s great to know that the time has come to lay all of the excitement to rest.
Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “21 Jump Street”) the original 3D journey follows Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary, by-the-book, perfectly average LEGO mini-figure who is mistakenly identified as “The Special,” the most extraordinary LEGO-person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers (which interestingly includes Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman) on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant known as President Business, aka Lord Business (Will Ferrell). Clearly a complex journey Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously not prepared for is accompanied by lots of unexpected twists and turns, leading to some of the most interesting experiences and unifications he would never have envisioned.
Off the bat, this piece is a grand-slam! Everything about it works. All of the characters are defined excellently in a way that makes them equally interesting and enjoyable—even Will Ferrell whose been the poster boy for “hatred” among movie-goers as of late. Crisp and clear, the story’s well written, well paced and provides one of the cutest and most brilliant arcs I’ve ever seen among other animated features. What engages right from the start is beautiful scenery and graphics running parallel to Morgan Freeman’s voice as he starts to do what he does best…vocally set everything in motion! As it follows through, the enjoyment expands as the adventure of this LEGO world takes off on lots of well-crafted fun. Distinctive to the core, added pleasure’s provided by its star-studded voice-overs courtesy of Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Offerman, and Charlie Day.
Paying homage to its long-lasting purpose, a lot of the film’s layout also runs parallel to contemporary film-based themes and overview. Covering just about every base one can image, it’s guaranteed full-blown entertainment to keep the little ones hypnotized, while providing enough to grab adults well. Leaving a pleasing aftertaste, my hat’s off to both Phil Lord and Christopher Miller who deserve lots of a credit for their hard work on what may have been a gambling flop. Numbers are up in the air as we speak, but overall, it’s a win-win for them and WB!
Does the film have to be in 3D? No! This great piece can be just as affective and beautiful in 2D, but considering the era we live in, I guess I (or we) can overlook it. Other than that, “The LEGO Movie” is CEARLY one of my top 20 the year and positive come December 31, 2014 I’ll see it on many others as well.
Grade: A+ / Genre: Animation, Action/Adventure, Family, and Comedy / Rated: PG / Run Time: 1 Hr. 40 Min.
Starring: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Charlie Day, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman
Directed by: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller