Friday, February 10, 2017

Movie Review: The Lego Movie

Everything is awesome as the popular block toys come alive in this hilarious animated comedy. Emmet Brickowoski (Chris Pratt) just wants to fit in with all of his neighbors and coworkers. He believes the best way to do that is by following the strict instructions given to him by the President of the Lego society, Lord Business (Will Ferrell). Little does Emmet know that Lord Business is actually planning to destroy the whole world using a powerful tool called CraGle, Crazy Glue. A prophecy made by an old man Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) predicts that a master builder will find a powerful piece that can stop the destruction.

With the help of his henchman Bad Cop (Liam Neeson) who has personality disorders and sometimes is good, Lord Business captures Emmet who wakes up to find that the powerful piece is stuck to his back. Emmet manages to escape when he is saved by Wild Style (Elizabeth Banks) and brought to Vitruvius to discover his destiny. They go on a crazy adventure meeting all sorts of popular characters including Wild Style's super serious boyfriend Batman (Will Arnett), Unikitty (Alison Brie), Astronaut Benny (Charlie Day), and Metal Beard (Nick Offerman).

The group teams up to build the correct tools to defeat Lord Business and stop his dastardly plan to spray all the residents with crazy glue. The story jumps out of Lego land to reveal that this plot was all coming from the mind of a young boy who is allowed to play with his father's set before his father plans to put everything in one place with glue. The story is humorous and fun with plenty of laughs and Lego action.

The character that steals the show is Arnett's Batman who got his own sequel from the performance. Plenty of other characters were pulled from pop culture touching on stories like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and DC Comics. Lego has products with all of these properties so could even venture beyond what is directly a Warner Bros. property, but they stuck primarily to what the studio wanted to promote hence the future foray into DC territory.

The Lego Movie sparked a new type of animation, it looks like stop motion but is capable of more. The story is funny and engaging with humor enough to allow viewers to step back from the blocky movement though the directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller never forget to utilize the blocky figures. There are plenty of jokes about the toys but also a theme about not just fitting but allow your imagination and freedom to take hold and not shun your individuality. The Lego Movie is good fun and I'm interested to see what happens with this film series. 

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