The LEGO Movie Review – A Brilliant BlockBuster
Thanks to Roadshow Films, we had the chance to see ‘The Lego Movie’ before its Australian release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
Emmet Brickowoski (voiced By Chris Pratt) is an ordinary builder living in the world of Lego, which is ruled by Lord Business (Will Ferrell). By chance Emmet stumbles upon a magic red brick that can overthrow the balance of power in his world. Once Lord Business finds out Emmet has this Piece of Resistance in his possession, the evil ruler sends Bad Cop (Liam Neeson) to capture the unknowing construction worker. Emmet manages to escape with the help of Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and the sorcerer Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman). Together they might even beat Lord Business!
While the plot of The Lego Movie may sound simple, the end result is a unique case of unbridled fun, witty comedy, and outrageous creativity all clicking together as the main building stones of this brilliant blockbuster. Jam-packed with more clever jokes, dry comedy, quirky details and pop-culture references than you can fit into 90 minutes, this film is at least as much fun for adults as it is for kids.
Aside from being a ton of bricks of fun for young and old, ‘The Lego Movie’ also has a positive and powerful message: let kids be creative and play, since that’s how creativity and inspiration can flourish, and that’s where all great things come from. The film manages to withstand the temptation of putting too much emphasis on what it wants to say; instead, ‘The Lego Movie’ playfully unfolds its message as the story develops.
Along the way plenty of familiar LEGO characters pop up: aside from Batman and his DC stable mates Wonder Woman, Superman and Green Lantern we also see guest appearances by characters from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars and other famous franchises that have been Lego-fied over the years. That sounds chaotic, but yet it is fitting since this is how kids play with Lego; for a five year old it makes perfect sense to have Dumbledore next to Gandalf and Batman.
The only issue with the movie is the luxury problem that at times there is so much going on, that it’s hard to keep track of it all. Adults may struggle to keep up, while little kids might come close to experiencing sensory overload! The makers and animators clearly had so many clever ideas and wanted to fit all of them into one film. The animation by the way is done by Sydney-based company Animal Logic, and these Aussie animators have done an amazing job: it really looks like you’re looking at Lego throughout the whole movie, although everything is computer animated.
After the breakout success of this movie it is no wonder the makers have already been contracted to do a sequel. On the one hand that is a very promising aspect, since we’d love to spend a few more hours in their crazy world of Lego, but on the other hand it would be so hard to come up with a film that can match this unique film. But let’s hope the Lego-lightning will strike twice!
The Lego Movie opens in Australian cinemas 3 April 2014