The Lego Movie Review
For decades, people have made what are known as “brick films,” stop-animation films using Lego toys to tell their stories. The Lego Movie is a brick film with a multi-million dollar budget used to create an endearing story full of humor and nostalgia.
The story follows that of Emmet (Chris Pratt – Parks and Recreation, Moneyball), an over-enthusiastic nobody living in the city of Bricksburg – a city in which everybody watches the same TV show, listens to the same songs, follows the instructions to build things, and so forth. The inhabitants of Bricksburg are preparing for an upcoming event called Taco Tuesday, an event created by President Business (Will Ferrell – Anchorman, Step Brothers). The citizens believe that this event will be as awesome as it sounds, but there is a nefarious plan being concocted under the guise of Taco Tuesday.
When Emmett meets Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect) and is believed to be the “Chosen One,” he is taken on an adventurous journey to the unknown worlds outside Bricksburg, where he meets the Master Builders. This is a group of elite builders that seek to destroy the evil plans of Lord Business (also Will Ferrell – see the connection?) and once again unify all the Lego worlds.
Throughout the movie, the humor is impeccable. Co-writers and directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have also brought us great comedies such as Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street. Along with the memorable script, Lord and Miller have also gathered an extremely talented cast that is rounded out by Will Arnett as Batman, Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius, Alison Brie as Unikitty, Charlie Day as Benny, and Liam Neeson as Good Cop/Bad Cop. You’ll also catch cameo performances from Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Shaquille O’Neal, Billy Dee Williams, and more.
The twist toward the end of the movie offers a great moral to the story that is surprisingly geared more towards the adults watching the film, rather than the children.
The movie is great and anybody that has enjoyed the Lego brand over the past 60 years should find something to enjoy in this movie. There are many character cameos to look out for and many Lego-related jokes that will require multiple viewings in order to catch them all.