I Saw A Film Today… The Lego Movie

legomondoLike many young and supposedly ADD afflicted boys in the 90’s, I had, and continue to have, an affinity for Legos. And, if I can take the rare moment to commend myself, had quite a talent at building. Too bad I didn’t realize at the time that I could turn this hobby into a career, because that would be a “dream job”. Thankfully, Legos lives on, and now has a firm stand in cinemas with a strong freshman film.

Everything is awesome for Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt). He lives in a metropolis, works construction, and purchases over-priced coffee everyday. He is happy being a pawn under the awesome Orwellian utopia he calls life, all under the control of President Business (Will Ferrell).

But when Emmet decides to stray from his precious rules in pursuit of a strange girl named Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), he stumbles upon more than a foxy block-y lady. He comes across an odd artifact called “the Piece of Resistance”, a device that will stop President Business from using the Kragle to end the world.

Now Emmet teams up with Wyldstyle, Batman (Will Arnett), Superman (Channing “Alloverher” Tatum), Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders), Green Lantern (Jonah Hill), Unikitty (Alison Brie), 1980’s-something astronaut Benny (Charlie Day), and Metal Beard (Nick Offerman) to fight President Business and Good Cop/Bad Cop (Liam Neeson) for the many Lego Worlds.

A movie for everyone is the best way to describe The Lego Movie I believe. It has, well, all the stuff that kids love about animated movies. The film is a full-fledged energy shot thrill ride injected right into the blood stream that clocks in around just at a hundred minutes with credits. It’s plenty of fun and comedy for all ages and all types. Unless you don’t like legos and humor.

The vibrant colors pop off the screen with brilliance, with no help from the stereoscopic 3-D. Sadly, save your cash and just see this in 2-D. Aside from a moment or two during an action sequence, wearing the plastic wayfairers only serves to not make your movie blurry. You know, because there is so much 3-Dness.

The themes in this film are something unexpected, being this film is on the outside a seemingly cash cow blockbuster. There is a heart here and not an empty soul. For children, there are life themes like being original and not just a cog in society. For adults, there is the reminder that imagination and fun doesn’t die with age. All beautifully culminate in the third act of the film, where the differences between legos and  homo-sapiens are very little.

I usually reserve the latter part of my reviews for performances… which is usually quite difficult when it comes to American animated films. In fact, it’s pretty much useless nowadays with modern recording technology. I can tell you how great a match Chris Pratt was for the Emmet character. Or how Liam Neeson does a Good Cop/Bad Cop. Or Will Arnett for Batman. Really, I guess you should really congratulate the casting office instead of the actors really. So kudos to those people, because everyone was a brilliant match.

The term “the years first must-see film of the year” gets thrown around a lot around this time. I usually hate it, but because it’s true, The Lego Movie is indeed the years first must-see film of the year.

Verdict: See it!

*Rated PG/UK:U for mild action and rude humor. 100 minutes. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

** Thanks to my friend Cody for seeing this with me.

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