Coming to theatres this Friday from directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller along with Warner Bros. is the fun filled THE LEGO MOVIE.
This film tells the story of Emmet Brickowoski (Chris Pratt), a Lego construction worker that does everything by the instructions. He does everything by the book, literally, until one day after work he sees someone among his jobsite. Checking it out he falls through a hole and discovers the piece of Lego that makes him ‘the special’.
He also meets Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), a young Lego lady who doesn’t follow the instructions but has been looking for ‘the special’. Upset at discovering it is Emmet she takes him to see Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), who tells Emmet that he possesses the power to stop President Business (Will Ferrell) from making everything permanent.
That is when Emmet discovers there are more worlds than his own! Together they meet up with the other master builders including Batman (Will Arnett), Unikitty (Alison Brie), Abraham Lincoln (Will Forte), Gandalf (Todd Hansen), Green Lantern (Jonah Hill), Shaq (Shaquille O’Neal) and Superman (Channing Tatum) to discuss what to do next.
Hot on their trail is Bad Cop (Liam Neeson), an angry officer of the law who will do anything to stop ‘the special’ from getting to President Business. But Emmet learns that Business is plotting to use a secret weapon known as The Kraggle against all the world’s citizens.
Emmet learns that being ‘the special’ means believing!
FINAL WORD: Pratt as the voice of Emmet is perfect! There is the sunshiny little plastic dude who sees the world so wonderfully repetitive and then the Emmet that learns he is more than he ever knew he could be. The voice of a character is so important and Pratt gives Emmet such life!
Banks as Wyldstyle is very funny, tough and cute all rolled into one. I got a little KUNG FU PANDA ‘awww, I wanted to be “the special”’ feel here but it still works. She’s a little block kicker!
Freeman as Vitruvius is funny with the combination punch of Obi Wan, Yoda, Gandalf and Morpheus of THE MATRIX. Everyone knows that Freeman could read the phone book and people would listen. Here he gets a chance to use his vocal talents to make us laugh with his one-liners, mumblings and straight out good jokes.
Neeson as Good Cop/Bad Cop was hilarious. Getting to play a dual personality Lego had to have been fun. All I could think when his face disappeared is ‘how many kids are going to run home and try that!’ In the end one side will win and one side will lose – go see the film and find out which one it will be.
Ferrell is hilarious as President Business but with that being said I do have to point out that he sounded a lot like MEGAMIND. I mean really….A LOT. When the character was attempting to be evil that’s the voice in my head saying ‘why is Megamind dressed up like a Lego’. Even so, his character was still funny. Also, the ending (and no I’m not going to say any more) is pretty cool.
Arnett as Batman cracked me up a lot. He has the Bruce Wayne/Batman voice down pretty well. The cameos of Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels really charmed me. The duo of Tatum and Hill was especially funny and a must see!
Other cast includes: Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Keith Ferguson as Han Solo, Dave Franco as Wally, Nick Offerman as Metal Beard, and Cobie Smulders as Wonder Woman, Jorma Taccone as Shakespeare, Billy Dee Williams as Lando and Jadon Sand as Finn.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE LEGO MOVIE three tubs of popcorn out of five. I have no doubt that kids and kids at heart will really enjoy the film. It is colorful, crazy and the song “Everything is Awesome” stuck in my head the entire day after seeing the film. Get ready for that!
The characters are silly, and in some cases a little so silly as there are scenes here and there that are slow. When the action starts it is face paced and seeing a Lego do martial arts is kind of impressive actually.
This is the type of film that would be a great fun family outing. Grab a tub of popcorn and drink and take up a whole row of seats to have some laughs. It is a good time that should be shared.