A really ordinary dude gets the chance to become truly special in a totally awesome way.
Where the heck did this come from?
After untold years of suffering through tie in movies that were just trundled out to make a quick buck, the rules have changed. The Lego Movie is a film that is undoubtedly about those little Danish bricks but also manages to not only be a proper movie as well but one that’s sharp, funny, gorgeous and full of life.
Maybe its down to the long development cycle, or upsurge in expectations around animated films but its just as likely to be down to two chaps – writer/directing team Phil Lord and Chris Miller. They penned and helmed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Then made 21 Jump Street somehow work. Then released two hits in a single year with Lego and 22 Jump Street.
They might be the best comedy filmmakers currently working and some of the cleverest writers in recent memory.
And they bring all of that to bear on The Lego Movie, along with the zany tone that made Cloudy such a joy. The pace is fast, the jokes even faster and the visuals a perfect mixture of grand and kind of silly, with a slight stop motion feel that’s just dandy.
Upcoming Guardian of the Galaxy Chris Pratt had his first lead role here and works brilliantly as the bland Emmet and he’s got good support from Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Morgan Freeman and Will Ferrell – as well as Elizabeth Banks who has a great voice for animation.
The story is totally crazy, ideal for young brains and more than palatable for older heads. I personally wasn’t a massive fan of the sentimental turn in the latter half. It’s clearly meant to reinforce the ethos of Lego and it does that reasonably well but it took me out of the picture.
Regardless, there’s an infectious joy about every frame of The Lego Movie, and it’s been a feature of all of Lord and Miller’s films to date. I can’t wait to see what they do next (The Lego Sequel, most likely) but right now you can’t do much better for an animated treat than The Lego Movie.
The DVD release is pretty light on extras – there’s a featurette introduced by Chris Pratt which shows off some short films made be Lego fans, including the top 3 winning entries which were actually shown in the background of the film. And there’s also a sing-along version of Everything is Awesome. Which I mostly found useful for figuring out what The Lonely Island were actually saying.
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