By Armando Inquig
Entering a movie titled ‘The Lego Movie,’ I instantly assumed I was in for a full-length product placement for a toy brand that, frankly, I was not completely enamored with when I was a kid. If this is indeed an extended Lego commercial, as the title suggests, then consider me sold because I have just witnessed one of the best animated features in many years.
“From the creators of ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,’ Phil Lord and Chris Miller have crafted a relentlessly funny and hyperactive animated romp with a surprising final act that is emotional, inspiring, and imaginative.
Blending slick animation with slapstick comedy and an intelligent script filled with zippy one-liners, the movie appeals to both nostalgic adult male audiences reminiscing about their childhood Lego blocks and young viewers who will be captivated by the spectacular visuals and a cast of hilarious and familiar characters from DC comics, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings, alongside fresh and equally entertaining original characters.
The story is simple. It revolves around Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary construction worker who listens to pop music (specifically, ‘Everything is Awesome,’ a juvenile bubblegum pop song that’s disturbingly catchy), buys expensive coffee, and strictly follows Lego’s instruction manual to lead his life of daily routines.
The ruler of this Matrix-like world is President Business (Will Ferrell), who is so determined to maintain order that he plans to use Kragle glue to literally keep everyone’s feet firmly attached to the ground.
Enter Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), our free-spirited, tomboyish heroine who also happens to be dating Batman (Will Arnett). She encounters Emmet, and their adventure into the fascinating Lego world begins.
The movie is uproarious and chaotic, mirroring the supposed way Lego is played. One moment, the screen is covered in scattered Lego pieces; the next, it showcases a sea of incredibly creative buildings, planes, and captivating backgrounds that will ignite anyone’s imagination.
This movie deserves to be experienced in all its 3D glory.
‘The Lego Movie’ reminds us that the power of imagination and teamwork can coexist in the process of building and creation—a message that is refreshingly simple yet surprisingly uncommon not just in animated features but in films in general.”