Review – The Lego Movie

Poster for 2014 animated comedy The Lego Movie

Genre: Animation
Certificate: U
UK Release Date: 14th February 2014
Runtime: 100 minutes
Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Writer: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman
Synopsis: An ordinary construction worker sleepwalking through life finds himself plunged into the world of conspiracy, led by the evil President Business.

 

When posters for The Lego Movie started to appear in force last year, it looked like a pathetic marketing ploy in the vein of Battleship. However, now that it is finally here, The Lego Movie is a hilarious, beautifully animated comedy film. As the earworm theme song proudly states, everything is awesome.

Emmet (Chris Pratt) is an ordinary guy who enjoys every moment of his life, living in Bricksburg under the rule of President Business (Will Ferrell), who is a leader with hidden insanity. One day he meets Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and becomes embroiled in the world of the Master Builders, led by Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) and featuring a whole host of well-known faces, from Batman (Will Arnett) to Abraham Lincoln (Wil Forte).

The Lego Movie might well be the most original movie to come out of Hollywood in years. It uses brilliant computer animation to make the movement of the Lego world look a lot like cleverly realised stop motion. The universe is vibrant, striking and utterly magnificent.

| "I guess we’ll just have to wing it. That’s a bat pun."

In fact, the opening half an hour of the movie is nothing short of satirical genius. As it builds its playful digs at consumerism and media messages, it manages to pack in more satire in its first ten minutes than the RoboCop remake did in its entire running time.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are the stars here, having crafted a script that is sublimely witty, but still acknowledges its dual audience. Honing the skills that brought the world Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, they pack every frame with great sight gags and delicious cameos. The Lego Movie will definitely reward repeat viewings as there is no way to spot everything the first time around.

As well as the great script, there’s a top quality A-list voice cast, bolstered by a huge number of American sitcom alumni. Chris Pratt, soon to headline Guardians of the Galaxy, is excellent in the central role and Will Arnett has a lot of fun as Batman. Special praise must also go to Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum who are great value as Green Lantern and Superman respectively.

| "Emmet, you didn’t let me finish. Because I died."

Even when The Lego Movie comes close to the kind of overly ridiculous rubbish it could’ve easily become, a third act twist completely redeems it, turning the narrative on its head to produce an ending befitting of the film that preceded it – hilarious and completely innovative.

 

Pop or Poop?

Rating: Pop!

In a world of cynical comedy tripe like That Awkward Moment, it’s refreshing and wonderful to see something as brilliantly original as The Lego Movie in cinemas.

The voice cast are uniformly excellent, the world is wonderfully realised and there are wall-to-wall laughs from start to finish.

It is rescued from third act disappointment by a well-judged plot turn that ensures the film remains one of the most satisfying comedies of the year so far.

 

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