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An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together. (via IMDb)
What I Liked
- This is one of those films that when I first heard about it, I just wondered why on earth anyone thought it was a good idea. Then I started hearing some of the reviews, and realised that maybe I had been a bit too quick to judge. It’s such good fun! It has a good story, great animation, a fantastic cast, and a brilliant song (more on that later). It’s just a good film!
- The voice cast is excellent: Chris Pratt plays Emmet, the main character, just perfectly. He’s not the brightest spark in the box, but he just needs someone to believe in him in order for him to achieve something great. Liam Neeson is both Bad Cop and Good Cop (as well as being Pa Cop), a joke that is actually funny throughout the entire film. My favourite is Nick Offerman as Metal Beard, mainly because I love Nick Offerman.
- I’m not always one for comedies, really. I don’t tend to find them funny in the same way that other people do. But this film made me laugh out loud more than once. One of my favourite parts was Green Lantern’s constant attempts to be besties with Superman, and Superman having none of it.
- Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month, chances are that you’ve heard about “Everything is Awesome” by now. It’s the aforementioned brilliant song, and it’s just so catchy that there’s no way you go and see The Lego Movie and don’t come out singing it. I was singing it before I went in, and for the rest of the day after I saw the film.
- Even for someone who only liked Lego as a child, this film is so much fun to watch. Everything is made of Lego, and there are lovely little nods to the toy that we all used to play with. I particularly liked the fact that the 1980s spaceman’s helmet is cracked. It’s also important to note that despite this being a film about Lego, it never feels as though it is trying to sell you Lego. I mean, sure, I want to buy some Lego now, but it doesn’t feel as though the film was trying to make me want to buy some. Clever, eh?
- I loved the early scene in which Emmet wakes up and goes about his life. It has definite shades of Nineteen Eighty-Four about it, as Emmet reads the instructions about the best way to live his life, gets in his car, and listens to his (and everyone else’s) favourite song: Everything is Awesome. The whole film, in fact, is so satirical and well observed, meaning that it’s perfectly enjoyable as an adult. I think I probably enjoyed it more than most of the children in the cinema.
- I can’t make up my mind where I stand on the ending, and as such, I can’t decide if it belongs in something I liked or something I didn’t like. As you can see, I’ve plumped for it being something I liked, and I think that’s probably the way I’m swaying. I won’t spoil it by saying what the crux of the story turns out to be, but it’s a bit of a surprise, and I think I like it. I think.
What I Didn’t Like
- Are there enough female characters in the film? No, of course there aren’t. There’s Lucy (or Wyldstyle, as she prefers for most of the film), and there’s Unikitty. A brief glimpse of Wonder Woman, and that’s it. Lego is for girls too!
Why Should You See This Film?
Because it’s awesome. Seriously, it is. You’ll love it. If you have children, and you are worrying that you are going to have to suffer through it for their sake, don’t worry. You’ll probably like it more than they do. It’s funny, sweet, has a great story, a great cast, and it has the best/worst song you’ll ever hear. Go and see it now, then come back and tell me what you thought (even though I know you’ll love it).