Quick Hit: A delight of a film featuring memorable characters, great dialogue, and a feel good story.
couldn’t like this film. This film will appeal to kids and adults alike. There is adult humor, but it is clean and easily recognized, and will go over the younger audience’s heads. There is also kid humor, but it is smarter than some of the low-hanging fruit that many animated films strive for. The Lego Movie lets the audience know that it is a movie about Lego people, that are moving, and then moves on. It is self-aware enough to not dwell on the fact that we are talking about a movie about best-selling toys (something that not all movies could handle – I’m looking at you Battleship).
Let’s dissect a bit shall we? First, the characters are fun and enjoyable. Everyman Emmet Brickowoski, is played to perfection by Chris Pratt. He portrays (as well as the skilled animators, writers, etc.) him as a guy that just wants to fit in, but also wants to be special. Who doesn’t want that? How many kids out there are watching this film picturing themselves as Emmet? I know that I would have been. It can be heart-wrenching to be a kid that is different than the others – I know, I was one.
The supporting cast of Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks – who is just in EVERY. SINGLE. MOVIE), Batman (Will Arnett in probably his greatest role), Lord Business (Will Ferrell – hamming it up as always), and Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman – because who else?) bring the movie in fun directions. Each character has a purpose, despite all their differences. In her own way, Wyldstyle is just like Emmet – she wants to be special, hence her constant name-changing to make herself set apart from the pack.
Not only is the supporting cast amazing, but the other characters that are in this film are fun as well. And the names attached to some of the people who only have a line or two? That really shows the fun and the love attached to this movie and this script. Benny (Charlie Day), Abe Lincoln (Will Forte), Green Lantern (Jonah Hill), Liam Neeson (Bad Cop/Good Cop), etc. are all in this film, and some of them only have A line! There is so much star power, it’s incredible to think people doubted this movie.
The Lego Movie succeeds most because it stays true to the creativity that Legos can bring. There are so many things I could state about this movie to show my love for it. But I think anybody who has seen this movie knows what I’m going to finish with – EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!
This movie gets highest marks - A+.
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