Even though I try to avoid kids films because of, well, the kids, and also it’s hard to find really terrific kids films as of recently as Pixar has now decided to starting slacking off creatively. But back in the hot summer days of July, a trailer for an animated film called The Lego Movie appeared on the internet. I had been curious about the film, due to the fact that it had taken Hollywood this long to make a feature-length Lego film, and also its large voice cast and its directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. I’ve become big fans of these guys as of recently, as the first film they did was the first Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, which at the time I didn’t really enjoy but I read an interview with the filmmakers and their story and intention behind making the film made me instantly admire both of them. Three years later they do a film version of 21 Jump Street, which I thought was hysterical when I first saw it. So not only did I have The Lego Movie to look forward to in 2014, we also have a sequel to 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, out in theaters in June. The Lego Movie is now out for the world to see, and here’s my review
The Lego Movie revolves around a little Lego figure named Emmett, voiced by Chris Pratt. Emmett is an average and ordinary guy in an average and ordinary Lego world. All that changes when Emmett discovers a piece of Lego that could contain the secret to the universe, and why everybody is so normal. However, Lord Business, voiced by Will Ferrell, doesn’t want that to happen, so Emmett gets involved with two other Lego figures, one named Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks, and the head of a communion of Lego figures called the Masterbuilders, with its head being voiced by no other than Morgan Freeman. Together they must stop Lord Business before their world is destroyed for good.
To get the elephant out of the room, I’m a huge Lego fan, and grew up with Lego’s as a kid. I remember playing the first Lego Star Wars video game for the Play Station 2, and I played it over and over again until the damn system was out of style. My buddy whom I saw the film with reminisced about our love of the toys as we drove to the theater. The toys meant a lot to a lot of people, and still do to several kids. And I’m more than happy to report that The Lego Movie is not only an animated masterpiece, but a movie masterpiece (no pun intended). I haven’t had this much fun watching a film, let alone an animated children’s film, in quite some time. The humor is extremely self-referential, with several pop culture gags and references that will have you howling at the screen, while the little ones are crying and screaming in their seats. The script, also written by Mr. Lord and Mr. Miller, craft a script and a film that is very respectful to the material given to them, and like 21 Jump Street, are able to create a wholly original story inside an existing universe that cynical movie goers (that’s me) will applaud once the lights come up.
Chris Pratt, who currently stars on the best television show on television, Parks and Recreation (Breaking Bad is over, so I better not read any comments about how wrong I am), is hilarious and heartfelt as the main character Emmett. Pratt brings his trademark naive and lovable idiot charm that we are known to come from the actor. Pratt is about to explode in Hollywood, as he is about to be the main star in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and next summers Jurassic World. I’m ecstatic about Pratt’s sudden star power, as I feel the actor could become one of the great movie stars of our time. Elizabeth Banks does some of her best work voicing the female lead in the film, as Morgan Freeman is also very funny as the Master-builder leader, Vitruvirus. Will Ferrell as always is very funny as the films main antagonist, and Liam Neeson has a lot of fun voicing Bad Cop/Good Cop, another antagonist in this picture. There are also several little cameos by other famous Lego’s in the film that I won’t dare spoil for you, as there are several that will have you nearly pee your pants in laughter.
But what I also liked about the film is that the film, like most children’s film, has a message in it to make the film come full circle and give something worth fighting for, at least for the protagonist. Some children’s flicks half-ass their message, and I won’t mention any names, but you will know what films I’m talking about. But this film’s message is actually quite powerful, and very relatable for a schmuck like me. I won’t reveal the message (OBVIOUSLY!), but I think you’ll like what you see. I know this review cutting it short, but this is a flawless film. I’ve seen films that I consider perfect in my time, and I’m proud to say that this is a perfect film. The Lego Movie is the true animated successor to Toy Story that many of us have been waiting for since the lights went up on the last installment 4 years ago (Pixar’s running out of ideas, so as of now there is no Toy Story 4).
The Lego Movie is a funny, exciting, colorful adventure that will make you stand up and cheer after the film is finished, no matter your age. The film is currently the number one film in America at the box office, with a whopping 69 million dollars that it made alone this weekend. I hope that this film keeps making mammoth amounts of money for the next couple of weeks/month, and I hope that Phil Lord and Chris Miller get so filthy rich off this film and their future projects that they are able to buy gold toilets (apparently I’m keen on the potty humor today). But this film is quite spectacular, and I think you may enjoy it as well. Nothing’s coming out for a while, so by all means necessary go see The Lego Movie.