Howdy ladies and gents, it is time for a new film review and today is the first of three starting with The Lego Movie. At first I thought the concept of this film was absurd, then I got into the trailers and after hearing about the great reception it got in the US I knew I had to watch it. So yesterday I checked it out and I’m now ready to share my thoughts.
The story in this film involves a prophecy, where a person called the “Special” will find the Piece of Resistance capable of stopping the superweapon known as the “Kragle”. Later on in life an ordinary guy by the name of Emmet, mistakenly thought to be the “Special” and a MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant known as Lord Business from destroying the Lego universe with the “Kragle”.
I thought the story was great because of its playful, funny and energetic. The whole deal with Emmet and his journey has been done in films before, but this film has enough different elements to make it unique. What I love is how the film speaks to people of all ages offering moments of action and adventure, humour, pop culture references and nostalgia. Another great point is how wacky and fast-paced in nature the story and tone is, a lot of it is strange but it works with in the context of the world and characters. As with any animated film there’s a heartfelt message behind the film and the story will speak to anyone who has played with Lego at any point in their lives. The only nitpick would be that the story slows down a bit at one point towards the end which kind of messes with the flow.
The voice cast are brilliant, all embody their characters so well, are bursting with personality and most importantly they are all extremely funny.
Chris Pratt as is amazing Emmet Brickowski, as the main character he is so charismatic, silly, hilarious and relatable too. Emmet, while average, has good intentions, is very strange and always full of hilarious moments and I think part of why I loved him so much is because I could always imagine him as Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation. Will Ferrell as Lord Business was cool and brought he’s comedic chops to his role. He was one of those kind of villain who was ruthless but also funny and likeable at the same time. I also liked Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle, she was great because she had badass persona and did so many amazing things both as a builder and masterful fight (was getting Matrix flashbacks). I think one of the stand-out performances comes from Will Arnett as Batman. Arnett kills it as Batman, he has the voice and personality was cool and funny. Batman had some of the best lines, great comedic timing and the film loves him while also taking the piss at the same time.
Nick Offerman is good as Metal Beard, his voice was unrecognisable for me and the character was so strange, but he was very good too. Alison Brie was wonderful as Uni-Kitty, her character was adorable, always happy and just had a strange view of the world which made her amusing to watch. On and Charlie Day was incredible as Benny, a “1980-something space guy.” Day was awesome as the spaceship-obsessed astronaut offering so many random and humorous moments in the film. Liam Neeson was another stand-out as Bad Cop/Good Cop, his character mood switches made for some hilarious moments with verbal and physical humour. And Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius the wizard was awesome, Freeman is great in every film and in this one he was very funny, eccentric and silly. There are also some amazing cameos featuring the some other cool Lego characters with some delightful celebrity voices, but I won’t ruin it, watch it for yourselves haha.
The presentation or the film is incredible too both on the visual and audio side of things. Visually the film is amazing, the unique Lego world is colourful, vibrant and the attention to detail with the computer animation recreating the style of stop motion animation is insanely impressive and leads to a lot of humorous moments throughout the film. Also just seeing the different Lego characters, models, toy sets and references was such an awesome nostalgic rush. And then there’s the soundtrack by Mark Mothersbaugh, it is pretty good but has a bit of an electronic/dubstep feel at times and for the most part it works but is also kind of awkward. By the way the song “Everything Is Awesome!!!” will be in your head long after the film is over, it is really addictive and hard not to like and sing a long to.
In conclusion The Lego Movie, simply put is awesome. While it didn’t meet the epic hype I’d heard about in America, it was extremely inventive and hilarious. The voice cast really make these characters come to life and the humour is definitely the film’s strongest aspects! I would recommend this film to anyone looking for a good time at the cinema. 🙂
Rating: 8.5/10 (A bright and colourful adventure with great characters and humour)
So what did you think of The Lego Movie? Did it tickle your funny bone and fill you with happiness and nostalgia or were disappointed? Whatever your thoughts, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. 😀