“Everything is Awesome,” that pretty much sums up The Lego Movie debuting this weekend. The theme song, which will quickly brainwash you and your kids alike, is just one example of how cheeky and adorable The Lego Movie is. This wonderful little film; that took nearly 5 years to make, tells the tale of an average minifig named Emmett, voiced by Chris Pratt, who manages to find himself in all kinds of predicaments due to a prophecy that proclaims he will save the many Lego constructed worlds from the tyrannical Lord Business, voiced by Will Ferrell. Emmett, according to Vitruvius (who is wonderfully voiced by Morgan Freeman), is ‘the Special’ and he will save all the different Lego worlds with his unique abilities.
While the movie is jam packed with stars: Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, and even a bit part by Billy Dee Williams. It is the thoughtful story with its powerful message, along with the adorable Lego bricks that really shine through. Children and adults alike will just fall in love with the smart script and incredibly detailed Lego surroundings. In fact, in the theater where this was being screened, the adults were laughing more than the kids. Tributes to iconic playsets, building structures, even inside Lego jokes that poke fun at the sometimes frustrating parts of Lego building are all in the movie.
The movie follows Emmet and his merry band of minifigures, as they take us all over Lego world. Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, makes even Christian Bale seem dull in comparison. While Will Ferrell does mean, very well. If there was a ever a minifig you wanted to break in two… this is the one, and his secret weapon that will destroy all the Lego worlds, is so hysterical, yet when applied in the context of the movie is also so evil, that you’ll never look at “Kragle” the same way again.
The end of the film packs in an unexpected plot twist. Unfortunately this is the least favorite part of the film for me. I would also suggest not wasting your money seeing the Lego movie in 3D, the experience is lackluster to say the least, and you can enjoy it just the same without the 3D gimmicky part.
That being said, there is something for everyone in this movie, and it consistently pays homage to fans of those infamous bricks and minifigures. One thing is for sure, The Lego Movie is going to be a sure fire hit, and this looks like it could be the beginning of yet another beautiful brick franchise.