The film is pretty much playing around (again, no pun intended), the point of this film is very much about playing beyond instructions and challenge your creativity. The humor also adds to the movie, sure there were a couple of jokes that fell flat but the majority of it was cleverly written. Little details like those adds so much to this movie, that makes the experience fun for someone who grew up with playing (and stepping on) Legos or toys in general.
It’s also great to see famous Lego licenses play a part in this grand scheme that felt so unlikely at first because other studios do have the rights for some of these characters popping out of nowhere. You see Michael Angelo from the Ninja Turtles, 2002 NBA All Stars, Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, and more; hell! They even have the frickin’ Justice League assembled in one movie before Warner Bros. could in the next 2 years. They don’t feel forced at some point, some of them feel consistent and most characters were enough to be part of the story. To top everything off, the last third of the movie brought out a huge twist that is teased in the first few minutes of the movie. That twist caught me off guard; it wasn’t just a mind-boggling Shyama-Shawarma-esque type of twist but also a heartfelt one (which I will no longer talk about because it could spoil the movie) that could shed a tear (that I didn’t because I’m a heartless bastard who doesn’t show emotion).
An animated Lego feature is nothing really new lately, we’ve seen that play in other media such as the video games and the Lego Star Wars shorts that play in Cartoon Network, but in this film it is featured differently. The animation gives the illusion of practical or (for the sake of a better word) stop motion in a CGI environment, because of how the animation go. it stays true to the way Legos move and also some of the things like explosions, the environment and bullets be made out of Legos. It is also unlikely that they were able to make such fun and exciting action/fight sequences, even though Legos only have 5 points of articulation.
The cast is a very well assembled cast you got stars popping up as your favourite Lego characters, most of them you could recognize as them playing the character (like Jonah Hill as a Justice League member) and some who don’t at all. Chris Pratt is perfectly cast as Emmet, he is a very experienced and capable comedic actor and he really works as his character, like the rest of the cast, he injected so much life to this character with his voice. Another one to name is Liam Neeson as Bad Cop, I never thought that he also did Good Cop (being different in voice) as well and just by knowing that is just great to know that Liam Neeson did a very great voice work than his last work in (that utterly forgettable animated movie) Nut Job. Another one to name is Will Ferrell as Lord Business booming voice in this movie; I honestly thought that he’d recycle his Megamind voice but he somehow didn’t, the over the top villain voice he did for his Megamind actually worked well for his character in this movie very well too.
To go real quick with the rest of the cast (since this is a humungous cast): Will Arnett surprisingly voicing the third best Batman voice ever, Elizabeth Banks is charming as always, Charlie Day is so over the top that everything he does or say is hilarious, Nick Offerman offers (*ba-dum-tss*) a very surprising voice work; he played a convincing yet cartoon pirate voice for Metal-beard that I didn’t know it was Ron Swanson himself doing that voice, Allison Brie’s Unikitty also did a very recognizable voice work, but last but definitely not the least is Morgan Freeman who I am pretty sure is doing one of his comedic God roles in this movie.
In the end, The Lego Movie lives up to the theme song of the film “everything is awesome”, everything about this movie is AWESOME. I know I sound like I’m exaggerating but, this is probably the best kids movie I have ever seen in a while (other than some Disney/Pixar or Dreamworks animated features), granted I still think the humor were off for the most part and there were a few things that could’ve been cut out easily but they are just very minor gripes. Nonetheless I enjoyed this movie very much that I wanted it to continue after that climactic ending. I had this stupid permanent smile on my face the entire time and laugh immaturely at the things I find funny. The film is very energetic, it’s like watching a kid on a sugar rush playing with his toys for the entire time and it is very entertaining. This is not your typical kid’s film where a parent would regret taking their kids to this film in the first place; there are a lot of things for both adults and children to be entertained from start to finish. The writing is smart as it celebrate the child’s imagination and individuality; Phil Lord and Chris Miller did a great job on shedding that light on this movie with such wit and heartfelt writing from start to finish.
+ SURREAL ANIMATION
+ HILARIOUS MOMENTS
+ SPECTACULAR VOCAL PERFORMANCES
+ABLE TO BUILD JOKES AND AN ACTUAL STORY OUT OF LEGOS
+ A SURPRISING TWIST IN THE THIRD ACT
- MOST OF THE JOKES FELL FLAT
- MOST OF THE JOKES FELL FLAT
- A COUPLE OF SCENES COULD'VE BEEN CUT
- NO BIONICLES (TOTALLY KIDDING ABOUT THIS COMPLAINT)
FOR THE WIN - 4.5/5