The Lego Movie review:
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the masterminds behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, have picked up the pieces of the popular building bricks and have created an amusing film with a message.
The directors have taken our favourite toy bricks, that will never go out of style, and turned it into a film that all will love and watch over and over again. This play-thing type of film will not disappoint a LEGO lover, and it makes me want to play with LEGO and build till my heart’s content.
The film follows Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt), a normal guy with a normal job to fit his normal life. He lives by the rules, literally. From as soon as he wakes up, he whips out the “Instructions to fit in, have everybody like you, and always be happy!” then sets out on his daily routine. Breathing? Check. Greet the city? Check. Jumping Jacks? Check. Emmet’s favourite show and song is everyone’s favourite show and song, because President Business (Will Ferrell) wants it to be that way. One night as Emmet leaves his normal job, at a construction site; he meets a girl name Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), and finds a mysterious object underground called The Piece of Resistance. And according to the prophecy, the one who finds it is The Special: the smartest, most talented, most interesting person in the world, and the one who will save the entire world from President Business and his evil plan to have everything and everyone just like he wants it. But the only way Emmet can save the world is to leave the instructions in his bookshelf and freestyle it.
The voice actors are chosen from all the A-List celebrities, because apparently it’s every actors/actresses dream to voice a LEGO minifigure (the little people in the LEGO franchise are called this), even if it’s only one or two lines. Actors like Morgan Freeman (Vitruvius), Will Arnett (Batman), Channing Tatum (Superman), Jonah Hill (Green Lantern), Liam Neesan (Good cop/Bad cop) and actresses like Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Alison Brie (Unikitty), and Cobie Smulders (Wonder Woman) all had their part in this film.
Though the plot of the film isn’t exactly new – average guy learns he’s special and saves the world – and a tad cliché in the idea that everyone can become a master builder (someone that can build anything out of anything) if they just believe. Like most animated films, there is a love story and obvious, yet subtle, jokes. The way that every little bit (well not every little bit, but you need to watch the film to know. No spoilers!) of the film are made of Legos, from the skyscrapers to even the puffs of smoke or waves in the ocean, makes the film even better. Just to watch how much work they put in to show every Lego piece that’s part of a wave or a layer of a desert mountain gives the satisfaction that it wasn’t just replace with a drawing of a wave.
Another enjoyable part of The Lego Movie is that the minifigures do not think that it could be weird that they are able to build an entire spaceship with anything around them even if they were standing in the middle of a bathroom. And the awkwardness of them attempting to hold hands. They also have a room of “relics” that are merely small items we keep around our household like batteries, old keys, erasers etc. Even just the small things that we happen to see in this film puts a smile on our faces.
Throughout the film, I found it hard to point out the negatives. It was difficult to see bad acting or an accidental cameraman in the corner of the screen as majority of the film (no spoilers!) was animated. Though, there is part during the film where I found it too cliché or almost too obvious and typical to my liking. Pushing that to the side, I still very much enjoyed watching this film.
The moral or theme of this film is that you shouldn’t think that you need to be like everyone else. You need to step out of your own boundaries and be unique. Be who you want to be, not what everyone else is telling you to be. Emmet was just a normal guy and there was nothing fun or different about him. Everyone had a “thing” like being perky or liking something a lot, but Emmet had nothing. Emmet just needed the motivation to think outside of the box and the only motivation that was needed was to be called The Special.
This film can be watched by all ages, from toddlers to adults. It is loved by toddlers to adults. I, myself, loved this film and recommend everyone to watch it to experience the joys of watching it. The entire film was a big advertisement for LEGOs and it was done in good heart. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have begun the future for marketing products and they couldn’t have done it better any other way.
Film score: 4.5 out of 5