THE LEGO MOVIE Review
Disney movies have a way of making grown adults feel like they are kids again, immersing them in a world as free as a kid’s imagination, while at the same time making you care and experience real feelings for inanimate objects that are made incredibly humane. Other animated movie companies have pulled this feat off occasionally but without regularity. However, Warner Bros nails it with The Lego Movie, a truly unique action comedy that is unlike anything you have ever seen on the big screen before.
The cast of voices in Lego Movie is one you would expect to see in a big budget summer action movie. Chris Pratt plays the lead character Emmet, a construction worker who is destined to fulfill the ancient prophecy claiming he is the one who will stop the villain, Lord Business (Will Ferrell). We also have Elizabeth Banks playing Wyldstyle, the badass chick who earns the affections of Emmett. From there, you can run down the list: Will Arnett as Batman, Charlie Day as Benny, Channing Tatum as Superman, Jonah Hill as Green Lantern, and of course, Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius, just to name a few.
All of these recognizable voices adds another layer to the high level of enjoyment this movie provides. Action scenes that we’ve seen over and over again in various action flicks are reinvented in a world where the characters, and sceneries, are made of legos. Tidal waves are water are replaced by seas of blue specs, presenting a high paced situation comprised of nothing but toys that amazing still keep the viewers on the edge of their seats despite being wholly unrealistic.
Watching the movie, I couldn’t help but be jealous of the kids in the audience, viewing the movie through eyes full of youthful exuberance and lively imaginations that could get you lost in the world in front of you. Growing up building castles with legos, I couldn’t have ever imagined that a movie would be made in this world, and I’m so glad it was.
Originality is something that is hard to come by these days. With every movie being based on a book, recycling the same story telling mechanisims, or using the same 3-d gimmicky shot, it’s always refreshing to see something that you’ve never seen on a screen before. The Lego Movie opens up a brand new world of cinema, one that seemingly has endless possibilities and levels of excitement and enjoyment. Whether you are nine years old or 90 years old, this is a movie going experience you have to take in.