I wanna start this review by saying:
EVERYTHING IS AWESOME
This movie is jam packed with fun. Non Lego fans can get easily immersed in this movie based on the open hilarity and the fantastic voice acting from folks such as Morgan Freeman, Chris Pratt, Will Arnet, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson and so on.
Lego fans can enjoy the references involving the part numbers appearing on screen like Matrix-style code and some of the real-life creations you can own now!
The humour is diverse – something for adults that just go straight over the kids’ heads and the kids have their own fun at the daft antics before them. This is one of the funniest, well made and best movies I have ever seen. The movie has depths you wouldn’t expect from a CG movie based on ‘kids’ toys’.
The voice acting is great and the characters own the screen. Emmet, an average guy just living his life unwittingly embarks on a journey of self-discovery and heroism. The subtle and not so subtle references to the Lego universe are great – he works in construction so there are large manuals held overhead depicting where the blocks go so Emmet and his colleagues can complete their work.
Batman is fantastic (lacks the screen time I would have liked) and is nothing like Batman (I mean, this one wrote and composed a song to play in the Batmobile…not very Dark Knight-like!) but he rocks the screen every time you see him.
There are ‘cameos’ from other Lego items such as Chewbacca, Han Solo, Lando Calrisia and even Duplo!
The plot follows Emmet, working as a regular guy in a world controlled by President Business, who is also known as the evil Lord Business voiced by Will Ferrell). Lord Business doesn’t like change or imagination. He has a plan to use the ‘Kragle’ to stop change for good. In Lord Business’ chamber, he has many items that he either can’t pronounce or makes them sound posher than they are – the way he says nail polish remover is hilarious. The ‘Kragle’ is basically ‘Krazy Glue’ with some letters missing.
Aided by Liam Neeson’s Bad Cop (who is also good cop when his face rotates), they are trying to hunt down and capture all ‘Master Builders’ to remove the radical element of change. Bad Cop has a hard time with chairs, smashing them all over the screen at any given opportunity which is face-achingly funny alone!
Emmet’s journey culminates when he has to put the lid back on the glue. Doesn’t sound deep orcomplex but that’s what makes this great. In the world of people who are generally only an inch or two tall, this is a huge task to undertake spanning multiple universes within the Lego galaxy.
Now, the spoilery bit. Skip the next bit if you don’t wanna know!
[su_spoiler title=”Spoiler!” style=”fancy”]The Lego world is a super imaginative reflection of what’s happening in, what is technically, our world. Lord Business is based upon the real world character played by Will Ferrell – he owns the Lego set and his son is the one always making changes and “ruining it all”. The little boy is the one driving Emmet and co to thwart his father’s idealistic views upon this Lego goodness. This makes sense as to how real world items get into the Lego realms and why, at times, it’s like the movie is being depicted from two different viewpoints – the rigid, by the book ideals of the father and the imaginative, child-like adventures of the son. /su_spoiler]
On the whole, this movie is a fantastic feat mixing adult and childish elements together to make a wholesome family movie.
Verdict: [usr 5]