10/10 “Everything is awesome”
The LEGO Movie, don’t be alarmed folks this isn’t just a feature length commercial for toy bricks it’s actually a solid film. It was a little odd at first, Ally and I being the only adults without a kid in the theatre that night but as the film began it was clear that this wasn’t just a children’s movie, it was a film for everyone who was once a kid… And who happened to have played with LEGOs or be familiar with the last 60 years of pop culture surrounding the brand.
On the front the story is rather simple, impending doom, prophecy, chosen one, action. Something we’ve seen before clearly but directors and co-writers, Phil Lord and Chris Miller take that notion and build something truly unique. Our hero, Emmett, voiced by Chris Pratt is a simple guy in a world built from the ground up by LEGOs (no really, even the “special effects” are made from actual LEGO pieces, it’s stunning) Emmett is as bland as white bread and wants to be something special in life but sadly is such a nobody that it will never happen. We’ll never say never, while working in the most adorably cool construction crew known to man he comes across something odd, something not made from LEGOs!
This leads our ever-likable hero on a whirlwind adventure to stop big business lead by Will Ferrell from destroying the world. Aided by his all star co-stars Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Allison Brie, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, and Will Arnet who awesomely portrays the best Batman to date. Speaking of odd characters this movie takes full advantage of the LEGO brand and pulls in the largest array of characters… Such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Swamp Monster, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Green Lanturn, The Flash, Abraham Lincoln, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The 2002 NBA All-Star Lineup, Lando Calrissian, Gandalf, Dumbledore, Mermaid, William Shakespeare, The Statue of Liberty, Michelangelo, A Mummy, and the folk of Middle Ear-Zealand.
Best part is all this stuff just kind of blends, batman and friends just kind of blend in with the LEGO background, the story never focuses on C-3PO or the Justice League, they are just there and fit perfectly in the collage of awesome. Everything is awesome, the jokes are smart, the plot is captivating, it loos beautiful, and twist ending is perfect and heartfelt. Overall I’d say this is my favorite movie of the year and best animated nostalgia movie I’ve ever seen.
Go see it now! Step it up Pixar.
10/10 “Everything is Awesome”