When the first trailer for The LEGO Movie dropped back in June I wasn't sure what to think. Sure, it looked energetic and fun, but how do you pull off a movie that encompasses the legacy of one of the world's most beloved toy lines? LEGOs (or LEGO bricks if you want to get all professionally correct) have been around for over 80 years and they apparently have never had a concept worthy of the silver screen. So was the wait worth it? Let's break this down Lazy Sunday style.
- The phenomenal voice cast. Standouts being Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Charlie Day and Liam Neeson.
- Easily the most outrageous gathering of well known fictional and nonfictional characters in movie history. One cameo had me rolling with laugher. Click here if you'd like to see who it was.
- A plot that's as goofy as it is brilliant.
- Fantastic and fast-paced action sequences that just keep going.
- Snappy dialogue that will keep you laughing from start to finish, even if you're an "adult".
- Some great Monty Python-esque visual and audio gags.
- Nods to LEGO sets old and new.
- A surprisingly emotional message.
- An ending that you may not see coming.
- The perfect balance of stop motion and CGI filmmaking.
- It's not just some huge marketing ruse! Or at least it doesn't come off as one...
- The hyper addictive single "Everything is Awesome" by Tegan and Sara, featuring The Lonely Island. It's just a little too annoyingly catchy. Though it's hard not to sing along.
- Many of the well known actors or LEGO characters only get a single line or scene to shine.
- No "Brick by Brick" remix or sign of The Brickster (of LEGO Island fame).
- All DC Heroes means no Marvel favorites to be found.
The amount of actual LEGO sets and mini figures that the LEGO company decided not to produce. I just want a new 1980's Spaceman! Scratch that. Seems there is a second wave of sets coming!
After hearing nothing but good things about The LEGO Movie leading up to my viewing yesterday I tried to convince myself that it couldn't possibly live up to the hype I had built up in my own mind. But it not only lived up to the hype, it surpassed it. The LEGO Movie's goofy charm and non-stop action make it one of the best animated films to hit theaters in a long time. Take your kids, take your parents, go alone and sit in the back. If you've ever picked up a LEGO brick, you need to see this film.
The LEGO Movie was reviewed at a local Indianapolis theatre. The audience was great and the kids only occasionally yelled things at the screen. LEGO did not pay me for this glowing review, but they can if they'd like.
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