Growing up, admittedly, I was never much of a Lego fan, I was more of a ruin the house with play-doh and paint kinda child!
Lego has been bringing joy into people’s lives since the Danish toy giant invented them in 1949 and it’s been passed from generation to generation and I just knew that the film wouldn’t disappoint. It’s the first big-budget Lego movie since the company was formed, and it was made over five years from the “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs” dynamic duo writers–directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The film spoils us with an A-list cast and it unashamedly uses this as a platform to make sure people remember Lego is still at the forefront of world domination.
The movie follows Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt), an everyday guy, who’s nothing “special” but is happy with his life which seems to be one whole Groundhog Day. Each day he wakes up, reads his instruction manual and his day is set strict from there. Eat breakfast by himself. Buy a ridiculously expensive coffee. Smile and wave to neighbours. Parallel parking at work. Sing the annoyingly catchy “Everything is Awesome” song with his fellow work minions who repeatedly ignore his existence. Then he clocks off at six sharp, goes home and watches everybody’s favourite show, “Where Are My Pants?” on TV and laughs at the same jokes. Life is structured and no one appears to have any individuality – but Emmet is content and never questions the status quo.
Life as he knows it becomes hazy when he accidentally meets the witty and rebellious Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), who mistakes him for ‘The Special’ – the prophesied saviour of the Master Builders, who is predicted to find the ‘piece of resistance’ and save their world from being obliterated by President Business’s fearsome weapon, ‘The Kragle’. However to become their worlds saviour he needs to ditch the instruction manual by which he religiously lives his life.
Not only is the plot beautifully constructed for all Lego geeks around the world but the script is also carefully assembled to include plenty of gags and references for older audience members. Children will love this film everywhere but dare I say the film will be appreciated much more through adult eyes.
The cast is absolutely superb, in fact I think one of the main reasons why it was such a box-office success is down to the voices behind the characters. Alongside the main characters you have the voices of Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, who of course is type-casted into a Godlike figure and Liam Neeson who plays the wickedly wonderful good cop/bad cop. After having huge success with Megamind, Will Ferrell reminds us why he’s to be respected by everyone by providing such platinum comedy.
Jonah Hill, Will Arnett and Channing Tatum also lend their voices too.
It’s no surprise that their are multiple D.C. superheroes in The Lego movie. Producing studio Warner Bros have been waving the Justice League wand in our face for a while now and there is a Man of Steel sequel not far off. Hence, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman all contributing to Emmet’s Kragle defeating quest.
Alongside the DC superheroes, Lord and Miller definitely remembered to poke fun at some recent film franchises mixing randoms with randoms. Like NBA All-Star (Shaquille O’Neal who lends his voice) and Dumbledore bickering with Gandalf. Sjeer Brilliance!!
The film just taps into your inner creativity as absolutely everything on screen is made out of Lego from wacky cities, clouds in the sky to water sinking a submarine ship. It reinvents Lego as something you can let your mind run wild with. You can make your Lego world as dull as Emmet’s previous boring life or you can break free and become a master builder of everything your imagination can think up.
The Lego movie is one of my favourite animation films of the last few years, alongside Wreck-It Ralph. I’m already looking forward to the sequel because “Everything Is Awesoooooooooooome”
Director: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Screenplay: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Stars: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman, Will Arnett, Alison Brie
Enjoy the trailer
The Lego Movie (2014)