“The LEGO Movie”
Directors: Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Screenwriters: Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Cast: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Charlie Day
Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Rating: PG for mild action and rude humor.
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
After Credits Scene? No
“The LEGO Movie” is, you guessed it, a movie about LEGOS! More specifically, it’s the story of a construction worker in the LEGO world named Emmet (Chris Pratt) whom is mistaken to be “The Special” after finding the Piece of Resistance and is given the task of saving the world from Lord Business (Will Ferrell). Before going on this journey, he requires the help of Master Builders Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Virtuvius (Morgan Freeman), and Batman (Will Arnett) to prove that he is the greatest, most interesting, most important person in the universe.
The reason why I’m reviewing “The LEGO Movie” is because it’s finally been released on Blu-Ray and I thought it’d be a perfect opportunity for me to review my favorite movie of the year. This movie is just flat out AWESOME (pun intended)!
Man, oh man, this film is just so much fun to watch! Right from the hilarious opening scene to the touching final segment, I never stopped smiling from ear to ear. There’s just an absolutely perfect pace and style that consistently kept me engaged and thoroughly satisfied.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — Phil Lord and Chris Miller are absolute geniuses! They know exactly how to expertly craft a comedy, whether it be animated or live action, that hits hard and is just a blast to watch. This movie is non-stop hilarious from beginning to end and delivers for both kids and adults. In fact, this movie is probably better for adults than it is for kids.
The voice cast is just wonderful here. Right off the bat, Chris Pratt does a remarkable job voicing Emmet. He brings this character to life so well that sometimes I forgot that the character was just a LEGO. Elizabeth Banks also does a great job voicing Wyldstyle (love the running gag on her name), whom ends up being an incredibly fun character to watch. All the other supporting players ranging from Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Charlie Day, and Will Arnett are hilarious all across the board and all have fantastic, memorable characters. Side note: I loved the addition of “Jump Street” stars, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, playing Superman and Green Lantern respectively.
The story moves by so well and has several great twists and turns. Lord and Miller do something quite incredible here where on the surface, it looks like your average animated movie with generic morals about life, but it actually ends up poking fun at those films as it goes along. Similar in style to the “Jump Street” movies, it pays homage to those great animated films with a hero’s journey like “The Lion King,” “A Bug’s Life,” or “Kung Fu Panda,” but also dissects them to their very core.
It’s really, however, the final act of this film that truly showcases how magical and (ironically) special this movie is. Without spoiling anything, it’s a remarkable showcase of how imagination is something that should really be cherished in life. As someone who holds film so closely to my heart, this final act touched me emotionally in a way that very few movies can. It brought me back to some of my most cherished movies in my life like “Toy Story,” “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind,” “Super 8,” “The Avengers,” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” in that, as a film lover, imagination is undoubtedly something that means so much to me in life.
I can go on and on about how much of a marvelous triumph “The LEGO Movie” is. It’s funny, heartfelt, awe-inspiring, engaging, emotional, and incredibly creative. It’s by far the best movie of the year as well as the best animated movie I’ve seen since “Toy Story 3.” The theme song to this movie says it best: “Everything Is Awesome!!!!!!!”
Overall, I give “The LEGO Movie” a perfect A+.
What do you guys think of “The LEGO Movie?” Did you see it when it was in theaters? Do you plan on buying the Blu-Ray? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
“The LEGO Movie” is now on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital HD.
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