The Lego Movie
The Lego Movie
Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Writers: Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Voice Cast: Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Berry, Alison Brie, David Burrows, Anthony Daniels, Charlie Day, Amanda Farinos, Keith Ferguson, Will Ferrell, Will Forte, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Todd Hansen, Jonah Hill, Jake Johnson, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Lafferty, Chris McKay, Christopher Miller, Graham Miller, Liam Neeson, Doug Nicholas, Shaquille O'Neal, Nick Offerman, Chris Paluszek, Chris Pratt, Chris Romano, Cobie Smulders, Melissa Sturm, Jorma Taccone, Channing Tatum, Billy Dee Williams, Leiki Veskimets
Cast: Will Ferrell, Jadon Sand
Synopsis: An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied 'Special', is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild action and rude humor
- Great voice acting. Arguably, the best that I've ever seen in an animated movie before
- Surprisingly deep message for such a simplistic story
- Animation that manages to come off as a hybrid of stop motion animation mixed with CGI, even though it's completely CGI, is just too ingenuous to watch
- Great chemistry between the voice actors
- Songs are catchy and have a nice beat to them
- Jokes are written well
- Great 3-D cinematography
- Songs are kind of repetitive and simplistic when it comes to their lyrics, but forgivable considering a certain plot device we find out later on.
EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!!
If someone told me that there was ever going to be a movie based on the popular toy, Legos, then I probably would've laughed my head off about it. Not only is the premise of making a movie about a toy that's used to build various things kind of absurd, but it's hard to imagine anyone could make a cohesive story out of it. I mean what kind of story could you honestly make about a toy that's used to build random various things that are only limited by the user's imagination? However, it looks like I was proven wrong. Not only was this film genuinely one of the best animated movies that I've seen this year, but it's arguably one of the best animated features ever made.
The story revolves around a construction worker in the Lego universe named Emmett (Chris Pratt), who is essentially an all around average person. Literally, he's so average that even his own coworkers and alleged friends don't even notice him half the time. Everyday, he works his normal nine to five job at the construction site. On the way to work, he buys an overpriced cup of coffee, while listening to his favorite song, "Everything is awesome."
However, his life changes when he's recruited by the resistance because they think he could be the prophesied "Special" that they've been looking for. Along the way, he meets a band of other colorful characters like a unicorn kitty princess, Star Wars characters, NBA all stars, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Abraham Lincoln, Batman, and etc. Together, they must all join forces to stop an evil tyrant named President Business (Will Ferrell), who plans on gluing the entire Lego universe in a permanent frozen stasis forever; by using the infamous weapon known only as the Kragle...(otherwise known as "Krazy Glue").
As far as story content goes, I wouldn't say that "The Lego Movie" will win any points in that area, as there's been a lot of animated features that could easily blow "The Lego Movie's" plot out of the water, but it has a lot of heart. Although the film starts off with some contrived plot device involving an alleged chosen one, the story actually tends to be a bit deeper than that.
(Warning: Possible Spoiler in this paragraph) Without giving away too much, the chosen one aspect turns out to be something that's made up, but it's also true because we all have the ability to be someone special, as long as we believe in ourselves. And in a way, that's kind of a deep message for an animated family film to delve into.
As for the voice acting, "The Lego Movie" features arguably the best performances that I've ever seen in an animated feature before. Each actor portraying their part perfectly, while their interactions off each other are quite a treat to watch; particularly the Jonah Hill (Green Lantern) and Channing Tatum (Superman) scenes. Although, it does help that the jokes were written rather well.
The animation is obviously CGI, but the animators were able to give "The Lego Movie" a more unique feel to it. Making the film almost come across as sort of a hybrid between stop motion animation, and CGI seamlessly. In fact, I can't really recall ever seeing an animated movie like this before that employs such ingenuous style of animation. Heck, even if the story to "The Lego Movie" would've flat out sucked, the animation alone warrants it to be nominated for next year's Academy Awards for "Best Animated Feature." Thankfully, that isn't the case, as both the story and animation were great, so don't be surprised to be hearing about this film at next year's Oscars.
And before I forget, lets talk about the songs in this film. As most of my readers know, I rarely ever delve into songs for movies, but I feel this one needs to be addressed. The songs in this film are fairly catchy, and they have a nice beat to them. Although the lyrics are a bit simplistic and repetitive at times, but they're forgivable given the fact that we find out something shocking about "The Lego" universe later on. I won't divulge into that, as I would hate to ruin it for my readers. However, I will say that it explains a lot once you find out about it.
Overall, I wouldn't go on record saying that "The Lego Movie" is one of the deepest animated films that I've ever seen, but it's certainly one of the more entertaining ones out there. If you haven't seen it by now, then I would definitely recommend checking it out. Also, if you can afford to see this in 3-D, then you'll definitely get your money's worth.
Everything is Awesome Music Video
© 2014 Steven Escareno
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