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The LEGO Movie (2014)


Remember those small, yellow things you used to “accidentally” stick up your nose as a kid? Yeah, they have lives you know.

Normal, everyday Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) lives in a world that is controlled, run-by and practically dominated by the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell). In this plastic world, everyone is to wake up, follow their day throughout a precise set of instructions and guide-lines, always smile, swallow overpriced coffee, go to work, be happy about it, get that paycheck, sing terribly-catchy, yet excruciating pop-songs like “Everything is Awesome” and go home to watch mind-numbing sitcoms like “Where Are My Pants?“. It’s so painfully dull and monotonous, but nobody cares, nor does anybody fret, because quite frankly, nobody knows any better; not even poor Emmet, who is just like everybody else. But things begin to change for Emmet once he stumbles upon an an ancient artifact known as the Piece of Resistance. He knows nothing about it, but he’s soon picked-up by the rebellious ass-kicker known as Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), and is told that the fate of humanity lies in his hands, and his hands only. In better words: He IS the “chosen one”, and it’s up to him to stop Lord Business’ maniacal ways.

The plot is the same old, cookie-cutter stuff that we’ve seen done in a million other movies (*cough cough* Star Wars), but that doesn’t matter because it’s all used so that the directors can get all sorts of these LEGO-pieces together and see what sort of magic they can make-up next. Needless to say, for a kid who has played with LEGO‘s all throughout his childhood, it was an honor to see the likes of 2002-era Shaquille O’Neal, rub shoulders with none other than Batman himself. And no, I do not mean that ACTUAL Shaquille O’Neal and Bruce Wayne got next to one another, showed their faces to the camera, and rubbed shoulders; I mean that their LEGO figures did.

Basically, he's like the LEGO version of Corporate America.

Basically, he’s like the LEGO version of Corporate America.

And that’s where all of the fun lies with this movie, whether you like it or not.

Chances are though, going into this, no matter how idiotic you may think the idea of LEGO movie being, you’re going to be laughing, be having a great time and totally surprised by what this movie does; not just with its animation, which is quite stunning to look at pick-apart, wondering just how they were able to film it all, but with its script, that displays hilarious wit at a non-stop pace. Most of the jokes here, are made solely for the adults that will most likely get roped into seeing this, and there is no problem with that whatsoever, because there’s a lot of humor here that had me howling like a banshee in my seat. I mean hell, there’s even a joke about how they refer to one character as “Michelangelo, the artist”, and another as “Michelangelo, the Ninja Turtle.” Now, if that doesn’t make you at least crack a smile or two, then I have no freakin’ clue what will!

But there’s definitely plenty out there for the kiddies as well, which doesn’t mean that there’s just a whole bunch of slap-sticky, or fart jokes to make them giggle – there’s a whole bunch of action, fun and excitement that gets thrown into this, all because you can tell that both Phil Lord and Chris Miller clearly care about the audience that this movie is being made for. Sure, you could argue that a LEGO movie actually does exist, solely to sell more toys and merchandise, and I wouldn’t disagree with you. However, the movie isn’t just an-hour-and-a-half ploy trying to grab your arm, snatch your wallet and long-dart you to the nearest Toys R Us or Wal Mart; it’s actually an animated-flick that’s pretty damn hilarious, fun and always able to gain your attention, no matter how many times you may have to remind yourself that you are in fact watching LEGO‘s, up on the big screen.

It’s a strange feeling that even I had a problem getting through on occasion, but I knew one thing: I was just happy knowing they weren’t actually MY LEGO‘s. After all of the abuse and torture I put those poor things through, lord only knows that if they ever became animated and alive, they’d come after me, and with a vengeance, too! Same goes for my sister’s Barbie Dolls!

Although, that may be a different story entirely….

Anyway, moving on!

Though it is hard to go on and on without talking about the voice-cast, I do have to give all of them credit because they do some energetic, spunky work here that definitely makes you see their wild and goofy figures brought to life. Chris Pratt is growing up more and more each day into the perfect “everyday man”, even if in this instance, it just so happens to be a LEGO; Elizabeth Banks sounds as sexy and dangerous as she should as Wyldstyle, almost too sexy and dangerous for a kids movie where young boys will most likely be present in viewing; Will Arnett is hilarious as Batman, by basically just being Gob Bluth, disguised as Bruce Wayne; it’s neat to see someone like Morgan Freeman lending his voice to an animated-movie as goofy as this, but you know, the guy gives it his all and really seems to be enjoying the hell out of himself; the same being said for Morgan Freeman, can practically be said about Liam Neeson who seems like he was definitely a bit tipsy during the voice-over recordings, but hey, it made it enjoyable to listen to; and if there was one weak-link to be found in this voice-cast, it’s probably Will Ferrell, who is definitely as harsh he should be with a name like “Lord Business”, but the act gets stale after awhile and you can sort of tell that Will Ferrell himself is enjoying this a bit too much. Maybe somebody like Nic Cage would have done this guy total justice. Actually, not “somebody”, definitely Nic Cage.

Look! That's the joke I'm talking about! And there's even a ghost in the background! Sweet, right?

Look! That’s the joke I’m talking about! And there’s even a ghost in the background! Pretty sweet, right?

But being that this is an animated movie, which is more often than not, being marketed towards the whole family, there obviously has to be a message learnt here, which there is. However, that may also be where my main problem came from – the way in which it kept on hitting me over, and over head with what message it was trying to get across. Granted, Miller and Lord take a very bold-step in the last-act with a twist that I honestly can’t say I saw coming (one which I won’t spoil here), but it’s one that didn’t feel necessary. Reason being is that whatever this movie was trying to tell us about “expressing ourselves no matter how strange or different we may be from the rest of the crowd around us”, all felt like something we understood right after Wyldstyle steps in and decides to shake things up with this story. Clearly this movie wanted to be more than just your typical, fun-for-the-whole-family animated-fare, but rather than being a simple, ode-to-love flick like the Croods, it ends up going for more of a Lorax-feel, that got a bit too preachy and a bit too strained with what it was trying to say. Doesn’t mean the fun didn’t stop, but it definitely did bother me a whole lot and took me away from most of the action that was happening on screen, most of which happened and was said so fast, I couldn’t make-out half of what was going on.

But you know what? That’s the fun of it, everybody! So definitely do make sure to go out and see this! Just make sure you have at least one cup of coffee to assure yourself that you’ll be able to catch almost anything and everything that Lord and Miller are throwing at you. Because do trust me: They’ll give you everything. Even the kitchen-sink.

Consensus: Almost anything and everything that Phil Lord and Chris Miller have at their disposal, they’ll launch at you, and then some with the LEGO Movie, but it’s always fun, exciting, hilarious, appropriate for all ages, and most importantly, as quick-as-a-Jack-Rabbit. So make sure to keep up and not get too distracted by too much butter being on your popcorn!

8 / 10 = Matinee!!

Even cooler! I mean, how in how many lifetimes are you going to be able to say that you not only saw "Abe Lincoln and Superman together at the same time next to one another", but also with "The Statue of Liberty right next to them"?!?! Like, super rad!!

Even cooler! I mean, how in how many lifetimes are you going to be able to say that you not only saw “Abe Lincoln and Superman together at the same time next to one another”, but also with “The Statue of Liberty right next to them”?!?! Like, super rad!!

Photo’s Credit to: IMDBColliderJobloComingSoon.net

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65 responses to “The LEGO Movie (2014)

  1. jjames36 February 8, 2014 at 3:39 am

    I just saw this today. I quite agree. It is very entertaining.

  2. johnlink00 February 8, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Awesome. Can’t wait to bring my three year old to this. I hear it described today as Toy Story as done by Mel Brooks. Sounds fun.

  3. caragale February 8, 2014 at 4:40 am

    I’m seeing this tomorrow and I’m ridiculously excited for it. Your review just made me more excited! Nice job, Dan! :)

  4. sidekickreviews February 8, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Great stuff. Looks like a fun movie.

  5. CinemaClown February 8, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Wow… Reading this post was a pleasure! Great review, Dan.

    Also, will this be as much fun for someone who has no fucking idea about any lego thing? :P

  6. teny February 8, 2014 at 7:51 am

    This should be a lot of fun! Surely a must watch for me :)

  7. lukebbtt February 8, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Watching this tonight. And I am unbelievably excited. The trailer is too funny.

  8. davecrewe February 8, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I didn’t expect I’d be so desperately looking forward to the release of a film about, well, legos, but here we are!

  9. CouchKurisu February 8, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Such a fun review to read! Cant wait for this, it’s out on Valentines day here in the UK so, obviously, a great way to spend it.

  10. The Geek Mind February 8, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see this.

  11. lauren February 8, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I was surprised by how funny the trailer was, so I’m actually looking forward to seeing this film at some point. Good review.

  12. mikeyb @ screenkicker February 8, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I can’t wait to see this!!! Also I think Nic Cage shoiukd have his own Lego range!

  13. ckckred February 8, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Nice review. I’m hoping to see this tonight, so it’s good to see a good score.

  14. Sarah February 8, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    The more I read about this movie the more excited I am to see it! Good review!

  15. Asrap February 8, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Love it!! Can’t get that theme song out of my head too!!

  16. Thomas February 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Great Review. Im off to see it tonight.

  17. Gene February 8, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Awesome Dan! Glad to hear you liked it so much. Can’t wait to take my kids soon!

  18. Bubbawheat February 9, 2014 at 4:31 am

    I wasn’t expecting the twist at all either, but I really enjoyed it and didn’t feel like it was hitting me over the head with it. I felt like it got the tone right throughout and loved it possibly more than my daughter who wants her own Unikitty now.

  19. The Hot Rod February 9, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Yeah, I’m seeing this one. I think the kids might come too and not want to spend the whole time wanting to use the bathroom….

  20. dawsonreviews February 9, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Great review! I’ve heard loads of positive stuff about this already, looking forward to going to see it

  21. Mark Hobin February 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Great review. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would.

  22. Jim Turnbull February 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Great review man! Catching it later. Really encouraging to hear some many good things about it. Ended up spending £70 on Star Wars Lego the other day because I was so excited haha.

  23. sensorbarsdmc February 9, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Glad this came out as good as it did and isn’t just some licensed crap, can’t wait to see it. Awesome review!

  24. thomasjford February 10, 2014 at 8:45 am

    This sounds way more fun than I imagined it would. In fact, I’m quite excited about it now. Cheers Dan!

  25. elina February 10, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Awesome review!! It’s so encouraging to hear you praise it as much – I’ll definitely be seeing this once I can. ;)

  26. Victor De Leon February 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Can’t wait to check this one out. I think I will have more fun than my kids will, Good post, bro!

  27. DrFredEdison February 10, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Can’t wait to check it out. Since i saw the first trailer i was sure it would have been a fun movie. Now your review confirm this idea. Thank for the excellent review!

  28. Chris February 10, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Nice review, Dan. I actually did see the “twist” coming from a mile away, as there were tons of hints at it all throughout, and though it’s probably the most problematic aspect of this film, this was still a very fun and enjoyable movie nonetheless. :)

  29. Lisamaree February 11, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Great review. I didn’t like the twist and found it slowed the last part of the movie down too much. It wasn’t needed, but I do see why they wanted to do it that way. It’s no “Toy Story” but definitely better than I expected.

  30. Jackie February 15, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    My sister wanted to see this based on the trailers alone. The only redeemable joke from them was “the double-decker couch”… but your review convinced me to give it a shot and we all had a great time watching it.
    Thanks for that as well as leaving a comment on my write-up 8-)

  31. Nostra February 17, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Gave it the same score as you. Enjoyed it a lot when I saw it this past weekend. Agree with you that the twist at the end was not necessary and I actually did not like it went there….

  32. Caroline Crow February 20, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    We loved this movie. I didn’t se the plot twist at the end coming, either. I cannot
    wait for this to come out on DVD, so we can buy it. It was great. I laughed loudly
    in the theatre.

  33. Amonymous February 22, 2014 at 11:33 am

    One of my faves this year so far. Loved it!

  34. Russel DDK February 24, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Can’t wait to see this. Have heard so many good things about it and now your review has me all the more enthused.

  35. Tim The Film Guy March 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Great review, loved this film. The cast the story where great and the ending was surprisingly deep. Chris Pratt is going to have a very promising career :D

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