Well I don’t usually watch feature length commercials, well unless you count Marvel’s super hero movies, or Star Wars or… never mind. But hey, I grew up with Legos. Used to have a ton of the castle and spaceship ones. More recently, I’ve enjoyed the Lego videogames featuring the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings franchises. So when I saw ads for this film I was intrigued. But would this be a fun movie, or something more along the lines of Nintendo’s The Wizard?
Lord Business (Will Ferrell) is an evil little toy! He wants to control all the Lego worlds with his new super weapon called The Kragle! Against him are the Master Builders, heroic heroes with the imagination and ability to build anything from Legos. They are lead by Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) who does his best to stop Lord Business but is defeated. Before his fall, he delivers a prophecy about The Special, a chosen mini-figure who will find The Piece of Resistance and thwart the Kragle. “All of this is true, because it rhymes”.
Turns out The Special may be ordinary construction worker Emmet (Chris Pratt), who is as dull and unimaginative as you can get. But he ends up finding the Piece of Resistance, and joins forces with Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) a Master Builder who is cute and cocky. They travel the Lego worlds getting help from various sources like: Benny the Spaceman, Abraham Lincoln, Unikitty, and Metalbeard the Pirate. Oh and Batman (Will Arnett), because you can’t have a superhero movie without Batman. Will Emmet turn out to be a hero too, or is being plain and ordinary the only thing he’s good at? Keep your ears open for vocal work by Liam Neeson, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Daniels and Jonah Hill.
- Amazing animation brings the Lego worlds to life
- Hilarious script filled with one liners and clever word play
- An energetic and entertaining score by Mark Mothersbaugh
- The song Everything is Awesome is an earworm from hell!
- So silly and random it may drive some viewers crazy
- Yeah it is pretty much a feature length commercial for Legos
A ridiculously fun movie with some amazing and creative animation. The Lego worlds spring to life and do some jaw dropping things. The energy of the editing, vocal performances and musical score keeps everything moving briskly, maybe a little too briskly. Yes you are watching a commercial, but it is a really funny and entertaining commercial. You may walk away singing Everything is Awesome whether you like it or not.
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