I’ve recently decided to review one of my personal favorite animated films of all time, The Lego Movie.
The Lego Movie takes place in a universe, you guessed it, made completely out of Legos. It stars Chris Pratt as Emmet, an ordinary Lego construction worker who never seems to make an impact on anyone. Emmet accidentally gets wrapped up in a plot by the master builders (Lego people who think outside the box) to overthrow the villain, President Business (voiced by Will Ferrell) who likes to maintain order and do things by the instructions.
The Lego city Emmet lives in is, quite hilariously, straight out of 1984. I would even go as far to label The Lego Movie as a great political satire. President Business runs the ultimate totalitarian government and has all the characteristics of an abusive leader. In this Lego universe, everyone conforms to listen to the same music, eat the same foods, and overall be the same in every single way. Citizens are urged to follow the directions and to not step out of line. All forms of creativity are punishable by the law. The Lego Movie a cute little critique on capitalism that I found very humorous in the film.
The voice acting in The Lego Movie was fantastic. We get a wide variety of talented actors and actresses voicing a diverse group of characters. All the actors fit the roles perfectly too, I didn’t really notice anyone who felt out of place here.
The Lego Movie is mostly CGI, but is able to reflect the movements of stop motion extremely well.The first time I saw The Lego Movie I actually thought the whole film was stop motion, that’s how good it is. The animation is very fast paced and is pleasing to the eye to watch. A lot can be happening on screen at once, so every time I watch it I notice something completely new.
The fast paced animation makes The Lego Movie pretty nonstop entertaining. I can’t think of one slow moment in the entire film. The Lego Movie moves along pretty fast, and if you blink you might miss something important.
I have seen this film many times and it keeps getting funnier every time I see it. Perhaps I am just easily amused, but I think The Lego Movie is comedic genius. The personality that the voice actors give the characters adds a lot to the humor. Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, and Chris Pratt all specifically come to mind as the funniest in the film. The way they can deliver their lines makes what they say all the more comedic.
The climax to the film is something I totally did not see coming. I won’t give anything away for those who have not seen it but it is a very moving scene. It has some laughs, as well as some more touching moments. I loved every bit of the ending and think it was a great way to send our characters off.
The Lego Movie is an enjoyable experience for everyone in the family. I have yet to meet a single person who openly dislikes The Lego Movie. I can’t emphasize enough just how delightful and enjoyable this film is. The animation is great, satire is perfect, and voice acting phenomenal. If you are someone who missed The Lego Movie the first time around, or have ever thought about building a double-decker couch, go watch it.
The Verdict: A