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- The LEGO Movie (2014) reviewed by Robbie McGuire
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