Film Review – The LEGO Movie


Film Review - The LEGO MovieDIRECTED BY: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

STARRING: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Charlie Day and Will Ferrell

SYNOPSIS

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.

Film Review - The LEGO MovieThe LEGO Movie starts with Vitruvius protecting the Kragile, a super weapon which eventually falls into the hands of Lord Business.  Before Lord Business leaves with the Kragile, Vitruvius warns Lord Business of a prophecy where a person called the “Special” will find the Piece of Resistance capable of stopping the Kragle.

We jump forward to 8 1/2 years later, where we focus on Emmet, a construction worker that is just an ordinary, literally by the book lego. When Emmet encounters Wyldstyle at the construction site, he falls down a hole trying to chase her, to which he finds the Piece of Resistance. When Emmet touches it he gets visions (Very Mass Effect-ish vision sequence) and learns that he is the ‘Special’ that should help bring down President Business. Yeah, he’s a President now.

Film Review - The LEGO MovieWell first off I’ll start by saying that The LEGO Movie is chaotic! As of now that’s the most negative thing that I can think about the film is that in the key set pieces/battle pieces, so much happens on screen that some people might have a problem with it.

Animation wise, this is going to win Best Animated Film at the next Oscars. Seriously if another animated film comes out as good as The LEGO Movie, we’ll be spoiled. There’s some amount of lego animation done here as if it was done in stop-motion and entirely out of lego’s (film is CGI). The ocean scenes, when certain things explode, it’s just amazing to see on the big screen.

The voice acting as well is superb, especially with Chris Prat as dimwit Emmet, Elizabeth Banks as strong fighter Wyldstyle, Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius and Will Arnett as Batman. There’s some memorable line deliveries and set pieces here that I won’t spoil and the film takes an interesting turn in the third act of the film, so it’ll be interesting to see where the sequel will pick up from there.

VERDICT

Genuinely surprised by just how good that the story was that followed with the superb animation. You may want to get some LEGO afterwards, or LEGO games. All LEGO everything! 8/10

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