Based on the Lego line of construction toys. An ordinary Lego figurine finds himself being mistaken for the Special one. Now he’s the only one who can help stop a tyrannical businessman from gluing everything in the Lego worlds into his vision of perfection.
The Lego Movie was released on February 7, 2014. Since then in has become a major franchise. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part will be released on February 8, 2019. The film starts with a prophecy, which sets up the entire film. Evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell) finds a super-weapon called the Kragle but Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) tells the prophesy of “The Special” who will find the Peace of Resistance and stop the Kragle. In comes the hilarious Emmet (Chris Pratt) who’s a pretty ordinary construction worker and according to everyone who knows him, has nothing special. The attention to detail the animation team put into building Emmet’s world is extraordinary. From accessories, to houses, wall décor and anything that makes the world as real as can be is well built. Emmet then finds the piece of resistance, has a vision, passes out and awakens in custody of Good Cop/Bad Cop (Liam Neeson), who literally has two faces, with the piece attached to his back. In comes Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) who’s name fits her personality. She rescues Emmet and takes him into the Old West to meet Vitruvius. “Come with me if you want to not die,” Wyldstyle. Wildsytle and Vitruvius are Master Builders who tell Emmet they want to stop Business from using the Kragle, which is an evil name for Krazy Glue to freeze the world into perfection. Emmet tells them about his vision involving “The Man Upstairs” which takes the movie into another level. It definitely plays with realism and imagination, which I think is a reason the film is successful.
Then comes Batman (Will Arnett) to help save the day! They all go to Cloud Cuckooo Land to meet with more Master Builders but after seeing Emmet, they are disappointed and refuse to believe in him or help in any way. Bad Cop/Good Cop invades and destroys Cloud Cuckoo Land. There’s a variety of characters that do small appearances, like Han Solo, Abraham Lincoln (Will Forte), Wally (Dave Franco), and Shakespeare (Jorma Taccone). While the DC superheroes: Superman (Channing Tatum), Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders), the Green Lantern (Jonah Hill) and Batman aid Emmet’s quest. There’s a lot of irony through-out the film that add to comedy of it all. All the characters bring in jokes, each in their unique way that serves their personalities, from Batman, to Unikitty (Alison Brie), and Shaquille O’Neal. “I only work in black. And sometimes very, very dark grey.”- Batman. “Stay positive, stay, ah! Forget it! Die!”-Unkitty.
Emmet comes up with a plan to stop Business, but the group ends up being captured. Vitruvius is then killed by Business. He reveals that he made up the prophecy. Disappointed and broken-hearted Emmet realizes once again that he in fact is just an ordinary guy surrounded by superheroes and Master Builders.
Vitruvius then comes back as a ghost to inspire Emmet once more to save the world. Emmet jumps into the abyss to save his friends. His sacrifice inspires the rest to keep fighting. Emmet falls into up in the human world as a Lego figurine and is sent back by a boy called Finn (Jadon Sand) to keep fighting. We see that what is happening is actually Finn’s imagination, which he’s drawing out from what’s happening to him.
The film’s theme is well weaved into the narration and the storyline, which I love because it reverberates throughout its entirety. Emmet’s self-esteem and acceptance of being ordinary, but still being able to save the day is the greatest thing about the film. The fact that the film plays with imagination and reality differentiates it with other animated films. There’re many different characters that you see as Legos and glimpses of their world, which opens up opportunities for the Lego franchise. The Lego Movie is sure to deliver a lot of laughs. Although four years later, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, will most likely follow into its footsteps. 8/10
Release Date: February 7, 2014
Starring: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Channng Tatum, Jonah Hill, Cobie Smulders and Jadon Sand.
Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures.
Audience: General Audience
Runtime: 1h 41m
Official Website: www.thelegomovie.com
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IMDB Page: @TheLegoMovie
Wiki Link: @TheLegoMovie
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B.A. | TV, Film & Media | Cal State Univ – Los Angeles
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