“The Lego Movie” starring Chris Pratt (Emmet Brickowoski), Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle / Lucy), Morgan Freeman (Vitruvius), Will Ferrell (Lord Business / President Business / The Man Upstairs), Will Arnett (Batman / Bruce Wayne), Nick Offerman (Metal Beard), Alison Brie (Unikitty), Liam Neeson (Bad Cop / Good Cop / Pa Cop), Charlie Day (Benny), Channing Tatum (Superman), Jonah Hill (Green Lantern) and Cobie Smulders (Wonder Woman) was released on Feb. 7, 2014 in the U.S. and Canada and on Feb. 14, 2014 in the UK. Here is a brief movie review of it including the best and worst moments of the film.
Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers from “The Lego Movie.”
“The Lego Movie” is a computer animated comedy film based on the popular Lego construction toys. It was directed and co-written by Chris Miller and Phil Lord. It is about a Lego construction character named Emmet Brickowoski (Chris Pratt), who is supposedly part of the prophecy that says he is the one who will stop the main villain Lord Business / President Business (Will Ferrell) in the movie from his tyrannical ways. Lord Business wants to keep the pieces of his Lego universe in a certain spot through the Kragle (Krazy Glue).
One of the best moments of the film is seeing all the Lego figurines come to life on screen, especially the ones that you played with as a kid. It’s amazing to see it move and hear it talk. Plus, it can even sing and dance with amusing and realistic facial expressions to boot!
Another highlight of the film is seeing all the famous characters that have been immortalized in Lego figurines such as popular action heroes Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and well-known characters Gandalf (Todd Hansen) from “The Lord of the Rings” and Han Solo (Keith Ferguson) as well as C-3PO from “Star Wars.” These characters are even voiced by popular actors including Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother”), Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill (“22 Jump Street). Anthony Daniels who portrayed C-3PO in the “Star Wars” films, also voiced the Lego C-3PO in this movie.
There are a lot of funny moments in the film. One is when all the famous Lego figurines got together to plan their course of action against Lord Business. Another is finding out that the double deck couch invention that Emmet built actually served a purpose and ended up saving them from death. It was also hilarious to find out that the Piece of Resistance is actually the cap of the Krazy Glue!
It was great to see Emmet’s character evolve from a bland construction worker who merely follows the norm into a leader who is an excellent planner and who becomes a great Master Builder that eventually saves the Lego Universe from total destruction.
Even if “The Lego Movie” has a lot of funny moments, there were times that it got boring and it even made me a bit sleepy. Also, the song “Everything is Awesome” that the Lego figurines sing and dance too is kind of annoying.
One of the worst moments of “The Lego Movie” was when Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) died and revealed that the prophecy about the “Special” Master Builder that will find the Piece of Resistance to stop the Kragle was all made up. It was such a let-down to find out about it.
There is also a part of the movie with live actors wherein we see Will Ferrell and his son disagreeing about the Lego toys in the basement and how it cannot be played with, even if it is actually a toy for kids. While it is essential for the film’s story, it would have been better if it was shorter because it took some action away from the Lego figurines.
BOX OFFICE INFO:
According to Rotten Tomatoes, “The Lego Movie” held its number one position in the box office with $49.8M. It beat out “About Last Night,” ($25.6M) and “RoboCop” ($21.7M) which have been relegated to the second and third spots.
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) rating for “The Lego Movie” is 8.5/10 from 32,758 users (as of this writing). It garnered a Metascore of 82/100 from various critics including Michael Phillips from Chicago Tribune and Susan Wloszczyna of RogerEbert.com.
ROTTEN TOMATOES RATINGS:
According to the Tomatometer, “The Lego Movie” deserves a 96% score and is certified FRESH by Rotten Tomatoes. It scored an 8.2/10 average rating, with 159 considering it fresh and only 6 out of 165 considering it rotten. It also got a 91% score and a 4.4/5 rating from the audience.
“Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story, The Lego Movie is colorful fun for all ages,” stated Rotten Tomatoes in its Web site.
Those who’ve watched “The Lego Movie” have different opinions about the film. Read their thoughts below.
“An absolute must-see, consistently entertaining from start to finish,” said Brent Hankins from www.nerdrep.com, which was posted on the IMDb user reviews and ratings section for “The Lego Movie.”
“A lot of fun while watching (with Liam Neeson’s gruff-then-lobotomized Bad Cop/Good Cop, but the cutesy inanity grows tiresome with such flimsy plot,” said Alice Shen, a Rotten Tomatoes Super Reviewer.
“This is truly a movie that children and their parents can both enjoy for different reasons,” said James Berardinelli of ReelViews as stated in the Rotten Tomatoes Web site.
“Finally! A comedy that works,” said Michael Phillips from Chicago Tribune.
“Everything in The Lego Movie is, indeed, awesome,” said Susan Wloszczyna on RogerEbert.com.
“The Lego Movie” review provides insights and a brief overview of the said film, including its best and worst moments, box office records, audience and critic reviews and ratings from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. If you haven’t watched “The Lego Movie” yet, I suggest you go on and head to the nearest theatre because you are definitely missing out on a fun film. It will be released in Australia on April 3, 2014 and on April 17, 2014 in New Zealand. According to comingsoon.net, “The Lego Movie” will also have a sequel which is scheduled to be released on May 26, 2017. Watch out for that as well.