Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Lego Movie review

By Nico Beland
Movie Review: A (3 ½ stars)
(From left to right) Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Metal Beard, Batman, Emmett, 1980s-Something-Space-Guy, Wyldstyle, Vitruvius, Uni-Kitty, and Green Ninja in The Lego Movie

            From the studio behind Happy Feet and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs) comes a colossally entertaining animated feature based on the popular Lego toy line. The Lego Movie has surprisingly impressive and energetic animation (especially for a children’s Lego movie), a hysterical voice cast, and very funny jokes and visual humor.
            The film is about a construction worker named Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt-Parks & Recreation, Zero Dark ThirtyHer) who lives an ordinary life in a big city of yellow, claw-handed Lego people. That is until he finds out about a secret organization known as the Master Builders, a group of Lego heroes gathered together to save the world, led by the powerful wizard, Vitruvius (voiced by Morgan Freeman-The Dark Knight trilogy, Driving Ms. Daisy, Wanted).
            Emmett is mistaken to be an extraordinary person and meant to save the world from an evil business tyrant, Lord Business (voiced by Will Ferrell-Blades of Glory, Anchorman, Talladega Nights) who plans to freeze the city with the deadly substance, Kragle.
            Accompanying Emmett and Vitruvius on their mission is the sassy heroine, Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks-Spider-Man trilogy, The Hunger Games franchise, Pitch Perfect), the Caped Crusader himself, Batman (voiced by Will Arnett-Blades of Glory, Despicable Me, Ratatouille), a 1980s-Something-Space-Guy named Astronaut Benny (voiced by Charlie Day-It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Horrible Bosses, Pacific Rim), a half-cat, half-unicorn named Uni-Kitty (voiced by Alison Brie-Scream 4, The Five-Year Engagement, The Kings of Summer), and a giant pirate-robot named Metal Beard (voiced by Nick Offerman-We’re the Millers, The Kings of Summer, In a World…).
            There is also a large selection of familiar characters like Superman (voiced by Channing Tatum-21 Jump Street, Magic Mike, White House Down), Wonder Woman (voiced by Cobie Smulders-The Avengers), Green Lantern (voiced by Jonah Hill-21 Jump Street, Superbad, This is the End), Green Ninja, Michelangelo, Michelangelo The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, the Mermaid, Shaq (voiced by himself) and the 2002 NBA All-Stars, and many others as members of the Master Builders who help Emmett and his friends stop Lord Business, his henchman, a split-personality Bad Cop/Good Cop (voiced by Liam Neeson-Taken, Unknown, Battleship), and Lord Business’ army of menacing robots.
            Overall The Lego Movie is surprisingly a very enjoyable animated flick, there’s plenty of energetic action, laugh out loud humor, great voice acting, and plenty of things that will appeal to both kids and adults, young and old and the joke at the end is absolutely hilarious, I won’t spoil it here but you’ll be laughing hard once you see it.
Besides great action and humor, the film also has decent character development, everyone has a unique personality that often lead to great laughs, Emmett is the ordinary everyman, Wyldstyle is the gal of action with a “Wild Style”, Batman is hilarious and definitely makes a great jerky character, even though it’s hard to take The Dark Knight seriously in this flick.

            If Frozen is considered the best animated film of 2013 then The Lego Movie is so far the best animated film of 2014, certainly better than The Nut Job, but we’ll have to see how DreamWorks and Blue Sky do with Mr. Peabody and Sherman, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Rio 2. Even so, The Lego Movie is worth seeing on the big screen and in 3D and it’s definitely a good reason to pull out that old box of Legos from when you were a little kid.

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