When I first heard they were making a Lego movie I was not that interested, but then they put together one of the best marketing campaigns in recent memory, and I became very excited about it. I am happy to say that the movie lives up to the commercials. Warner Brothers has done an amazing job bringing the Lego Universe to life.
The story is about an unremarkable Lego man named Emmet (Chris Pratt). Who one day after his job at a construction site finds a special Lego piece, and he is informed by Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) that he is the one that will save the world from the Evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell). His adventure will introduce him to several master builders including most of the Justice League.
This movie is pretty much what happens when you take the Matrix and Toy Story 2 and smash them together, and then tell the story using Legos. That being said the beauty of this film is how many jokes they cram in to it. It is like they are firing them out of a machine gun. Even if all the jokes don’t land, and some of them do miss, there will be another one in few seconds. This movie never slows down. Which makes it good for kids and adults alike.
They really picked their voice talent well. Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks play the leads well, but the best part is all the great actors they got for the side characters like Will Arnett as Batman and Alison Brie as Uni-Kitty. They even have the Oscar nominated Jonah Hill as the Green Lantern who has some of the best jokes in the movie, at least for comic book lovers like myself.
The animation looks great. It looks like a living world made out of Lego bricks, and they have so many little side gags and random things thrown in all over the place that this movie may be worth a second viewing. The set designers really deserve a hand for all their creativity.
This movie could have simply been a commercial for Legos, but instead they put the work in to make it a movie worth watching. They were rewarded for their hard work with earning almost 70 Million dollars in ticket sales this weekend, and I hope it sends a message to movie producers that not all good movies have come out in the summer. They can do well in the cooler months too.
This is one of the better February movie releases in recent memory, and it made me laugh and smile the whole way through. This a is a perfect pick-me-up for the winter gloom. This movie is great for viewers of all ages, so it is a family movie that truly the whole family can enjoy.