Friday, March 14, 2014

The LEGO Movie (2014)

Cast: Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Berry, Alison Brie, David Burrows, Anthony Daniels, Charlie Day, Amanda Farinos, Keith Ferguson, Will Ferrell, Will Forte, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Todd Hansen, Jonah Hill, Jake Johnson, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Lafferty, Chris McKay, Christopher Miller, Graham Miller, Liam Neeson, Doug Nicholas, Shaquille O’Neal, Nick Offerman, Chris Paluszek, Chris Pratt, Chris Romano, Jadon Sand, Cobie Smulders, Melissa Sturm, Jorma Taccone, Channing Tatum, Milly Dee Williams, Leiki Veskimets

Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Synopsis: Emmet Brickowoski, voiced by Chris Pratt, is an every-day LEGO character that desires nothing more in life than to follow the rules (LEGO instructions) and try to fit in. Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) quickly assumes Emmet as the world’s most extraordinary person, and an adventure across multiple LEGO-themed worlds commences in order to save their universe, as they know it.

Reviewer’s Rating: 4.3/5 Reels


The LEGO Movie brings together good old-fashioned humor, with some familiar yellow faces, in an epic storytelling adventure for all ages. There are characters from popular series such as Star Wars, DC Comics, The Simpsons, and The Lord of the Rings, which will leave a smile on your face!   

There is a point in this movie where, if you’re anything like me, you will be grabbing your sides from the pain of laughing so hard. Although this film’s content and humor is targeted toward kids, if you’ve spent any time with LEGO building blocks, you will thoroughly enjoy this film. The plot of this feature isn’t anything new, but there is a twist that will have you smiling till the end.

When I first heard that there was going to be a LEGO movie, my heart leaped for joy! With how far animation has changed in the last couple of decades, along with the numerous animated LEGO short films, I’m surprised we’re just now getting our first LEGO movie.

The artwork in this film is spot on. The entire world is built with LEGOs, which make certain things like fire pretty hilarious to watch. There are multiple times during the movie where it becomes easy to lose focus of what’s being said, because the usage of building blocks in the background is breathtaking. At times it becomes difficult to differentiate whether real or CG LEGOs were used in the creation of this film.

Overall, The LEGO Movie is a kid’s movie, targeted toward kids, for kids. However, if you’re a child at heart, you will soak in the nostalgia of seeing our beloved building blocks and little yellow-faced people interacting in fluid motion.

By: Robbie McGuire

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  1. Nice review, Robbie! It's cool that humor is a major selling point of the LEGO universe. Even the premise that Emmet's goal--to simply follow the LEGO instructions and go about an ordinary life--is creative and witty, in my opinion. And with characters from popular fictional series, voiced by some awesome actors, as you mentioned, it's sure to be amusing and nostalgic in many ways. At first, I thought that your lack of commentary on the plot was disappointing. This would have been my only criticism of your review. (I have not seen the LEGO Movie yet, so I was curious to know if there were any striking or interesting plot points or scenes). I would suggest inserting a few comments on the quality or execution of the story or a couple of comments on the script. However, I can see that you opted to focus more on the animation and movie-goer experience aspects of the film. I liked that you enjoyed and had fun watching it, and you translated that experience well in your descriptions. Since we all have that inner child in our hearts, it seems like a good, funny movie that anyone can appreciate. So, overall, you did write an effective and good review. Great job!

  2. Robbie, I enjoyed and appreciated your review about the LEGO movie. I have yet to see the movie and plan to see it sometime during the summer when I have more time. Throughout my childhood, I always enjoyed playing with legos so I believe I would like this movie. Your synopsis captured the main thrust of the plot while leaving out details that could be spoilers. In addition, your review did not include spoilers. I appreciated that so I could experience the movie without already knowing what happens. As a child, I liked playing with legos from popular series, especially Star Wars, so I am looking forward to seeing the characters from the different series you have mentioned. Even though the film is targeted towards kids, I know I will enjoy it because I generally like films for kids. I am glad you told me that the movie is humorous because humor and legos must be a winning combination. I appreciated your thoughtful treatment of the visuals in the movie and how detailed the individual lego blocks are. Just like you, I was excited to hear that the lego movie came out and now I am even more excited after reading your review. There was nothing I disagreed with in your review because I have not seen the movie and the assignment was pretty open ended.

    Aaron Mood


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