The Lego Movie
Starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell (all voice)
Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
IMDB Rating: 7.9
This is not just a good family film – but a good film full stop.
Emmet (Pratt), an ordinary construction worker, stumbles upon the ‘Piece of Resistance’ and is declared the Special. He is taken on an adventure across the Lego universe with the legendary Master Builders and tasked with defeating the evil Lord Business (Ferrell) and stopping him from using the Kragle to freeze the whole world in place.
This is exactly what is needed in a family film. The story itself is simple and easy to follow, but it allows room for deviations and random moments of actual funniness. The whole film is shot – or ‘created’ – very well, the rigidness of some of the characters movements is realistic of Lego in real life and the visuals are very eye-catching. It also has an all-star cast – not only in actors (or voices), but in Lego characters. Batman and Gandalf are just two examples. The only downside I can think of is that Lego is, when all is said and done, a business – and this at some points (especially at the end) does feel like a shameless piece of advertising for Lego. Expect sales of Lego to increase this Christmas.
Acting performances are hard to critique as there is almost no actors on the screen in this film. All their performances are done in plain soundproof boxes with microphones and scripts, so it’s hard to say whether someone’s done better than someone else. I will say though that Emmet is a great lead character and someone that people will be able to connect with, in a weird human-Lego way.
The film is directed well by Lord and Miller. Like I said earlier the visuals are very eye-catching with bright and strange colours constantly being thrown at you. The combat scenes are also shot well, and I’m not sure how much Lord and Miller had to do with it but the way the Lego creations are made by the characters is a joy to watch.
I honestly didn’t think I would enjoy The Lego Movie as much as I did. I watched it on my own while on a train and this unlocked the childish side in me, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. It’s nice to see an animated family film hit the mainstream box office with the success that this did, and I would recommend that everyone not only watches this but buys this, it’s a film that can be watched again and again.
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