I had mixed feelings going into this movie. On one hand, I loved Legos as a kid and I wanted this to be spectacular. On the other hand, its trailers looked funny but it felt a bit kiddish for me. On the other other hand, it’s gotten some stellar scores so far. So, I was kind of in the middle. Will it please? Or disappoint?
The gist is that a relatively normal and un-special Lego man named Emmet (Chris Pratt) gets thrown into a huge battle to save the world. He’s from a world where you follow instructions and must somehow learn to create from Lego blocks using only his imagination. He’s joined by the rebellious Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and his new mentor Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman). Also on their team include Batman (Will Arnett), Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders), Superman (Channing Tatum), and Green Lantern (Jonah Hill). The villain of the story is Lord Business (Will Ferrell) and the leader of his troops, Bad Cop (Liam Neeson).
There’s a lot here for both young and old audiences, which was one of my first concerns. Kids will love it, obviously, but I also found a lot here to laugh at. A lot of it is actually pretty subtle stuff too, smarter than the average CGI film. Pratt in the lead role is fantastic, especially in the quieter moments. Arnett, Banks, and Freeman all deliver great voice performances as well.
And a special shoutout to Will Ferrell. It’d be easy for him as Lord Business to replicate a style similar to his Mugatu in Zoolander, aka a big exaggerated voice and maniacal laugh. But he plays it a little more realistic, which pays off bigtime in the end.
And the movie actually gets kind of deep, even from the beginning. Emmet, who thinks he’s just an average builder, finds out that his friends don’t even know anything about him or even realize he’s gone. The moral of the story that kicks in towards the end makes this story really gratifying.
Visually, the film takes some getting used to, but it’s super colorful and the style is definitely unique. There’s a lot to look at, too, and it keeps you always entertained.
What doesn’t work?
The humor can be a little hit and miss, as it’s trying to please both audiences of adult and children. A few of the physical gags especially had me roll my eyes.
Also, the people behind me were jerks. I won’t hold that against the movie though, but it did detract from my ability to get immersed in it.
The Lego Movie is really fun. It’s not going to win any awards but it’s a fun adventure and is pure escapism. A deeper emotional story starts to appear and kind of sneaks up on you. Visually, this movie is incredibly unique and will likely spin off into franchises (though hopefully they retain the spirit of the original). If you’re looking for some laughs and a fun night, The Lego Movie won’t disappoint.