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The Lego Movie – Movie Review

This original computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO mini-figure, who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Release Date: February 14, 2014
Rated PG – 1hr 40min
Director: Chris McCay
Cast: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman

When growing up, I remember walking down the aisle of the toy store, seeing a Lego model of a boat or plane and taking it home. Immediately I would rip into the box, lay out the pieces and then go through that instruction sheet step by step. Invariably over time, I would lose one piece, thus rendering this box of LEGOs ruined and into the general pile it would go.

The LEGO Movie explores this battle between people who insist that instructions be followed perfectly and those who are inspired to create the weird and wild from the piece bucket.

The LEGO Movie is about the evil Lord Business (Will Farrell), who turns the Lego world into a land of order and perfection. He steals a deadly weapon called the Kragle that will ensure everything remains perfect. This forces a group of creative Master Builders into hiding, only to wait for the one true savior to come in the form of a simple construction worker, Emmet (Chris Pratt).

The LEGO Movie is a movie that snuck up on me. I heard all the good reviews and thought that I would take my daughter to see it on a holiday weekend. By the end of the movie, I was blown away with the story and this makes the LEGO Movie one of the best movies so far this year. When the movie finished, my daughter exclaimed, “We’re buying this movie!”

First, The LEGO Movie is what you expect from a Lego movie. The style of animation is similar to the direct-to-Video Lego movies on the store shelves now. Two things make this movie truly great and it’s the characters and the story.

There are a lot of characters in this movie. Chris Pratt is the perfect lead as Emmet. His cheery disposition reminds you of his character, Andy, from Park and Recreation. He plays likable and naive perfectly. Elizabeth Banks brings the right amount of sassiness to Wildstyle. Will Arnett is the perfect choice for Batman. Morgan Freeman plays a “god”-like character to perfections and Liam Neeson as Bad Cop brings a level of silliness that you haven’t seen in a long time. Let’s not forget Will Farrell as Lord Business. His role gets bigger and bigger by the end of the movie.

Just having great characters is not enough. With good writing and good characters, you have a fun movie, but the LEGO Movie has an incredibly smart story behind it, which makes it a great movie. Getting into the details of the third act would spoil the movie, but it is the third act, that propels the movie into greatness. Robocop tried to be a smart and thoughtful film and that left us with a bland movie. The LEGO Movie, on the other hand, builds on the theme of the battle between structure and creativity and throws it on its head. In doing so, launches the movie into greatness.