Saturday, March 1, 2014

The LEGO Movie (2014): Review

This weekend I saw The Lego Movie and boy was it a lot of fun, yes it was pretty much nonsense but it was a fun journey and very enjoyable to watch.  I was uncertain what this movie ultimately would become but it ended up being a fun mix of different types of Legos and possible reality of how their lives might be if LEGO creatures and people were sentient.
The Lego movie is focused around Emmett, voiced by Chris Pratt, who is an ordinary construction worker Lego who is mistaken for the "special" who is mentioned in a prophecy about a MasterBuilder who will save the Lego realms, which have been taken over by President/ Lord Business, voiced by Will Farrell, who is set on having the Lego realm reach perfection through being set with Kragle.  Emmett is drawn into this battle when he is fused with a special piece which can stop the Kragle.  He is assisted by Master Lego Builders Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks; Batman, voiced by Will Arnett; Vitruvius, voiced by Morgan Freeman; Unikitty, voiced by Alison Brie; 1980s space man Benny, voiced by Charlie Day; and many others.  All while being chased by Lord Business and Bad Cop, voiced by Liam Neeson, and the robot/skeletons.

Like I said this movie is a lot of fun and comes down to the different ways to look at and play with Legos.  The build whatever you can image and it doesn't matter what you make, or follow the instructions and make what the kit is for way.  In this Lord Business is pushing instructions on all of the Legos and Emmett is the epitome of this and goes along with the "Life Is Awesome" motto.  He is drawn into this battle and has to try and stand up and be the hero of this story but can he do it.   Can he stop Lord Business from using the Kragle and establishing his perfection.
This movie is fun and goes from one set piece to another.  I liked this movie and although it had a lot going on to get the different types of Legos out there, it is a lot of fun and I enjoyed the overall ride.  There is nothing really sophisticated with this movie, but it has the nostalgic factor of playing with Legos, the romantic tension and ineptitude of Emette with Wyldstyle, and the battle of good verses evil.  This is definable a movie worth watching with the family but you have to just go along for the ride.

My Rating: 2

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