With the success of “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and “21 Jump Street,” both Phil Lord and Chris Miller have out done themselves again with “The Lego Movie.” As both director and writer, Lord and Miller have crafted another cleverly written comedy.
“The Lego Movie” tells the story of Emmet (Chris Pratt), an everyday construction worker who lives his life according to instructions. After finding a strange object buried underground, Emmet finds himself involved in a diabolical plot that threatens the existence of his world. Together with his rag-tag group of friends— including his love interest, Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and Mentor Vitruvius, (Morgan Freeman)— Emmet will have to stop Lord Business (Will Ferrell) from unleashing his doomsday device on Taco Tuesday.
Ferrell puts on a spectacular performance as the movie’s main antagonist. He spews out hilarious one-liners and mispronounces real world objects like Band-Aids and Krazy Glue. Other notable performances include Will Arnett as the self-centered Batman, and Liam Neeson as the conflicted, but obedient Bad Cop/Good Cop.
Going beyond a simple form of entertainment, the film presents an interesting clash between the different play styles of people who play with Legos. The conflict between those who do and don’t follow the instructions, leads to some of the most comedic and heartfelt moments in the movie.
While the film appears to be marketed towards children, most of the humor will appeal to adults. However, the flashy set pieces and fast pace will keep the younger audiences entertained.
Through digital animation, the filmmakers have created a vibrant world filled with Lego people whose awkward movements only add to the credibility of the Lego environments. Practically everything that’s presented appears to be made out of Lego bricks and pieces. The laser blasts and elemental effects like fire and water, never deviate from the film’s style.
“The Lego Movie” was released on Feb. 7 and is currently playing in theatres everywhere. Unlike the recommended age group for a Lego set, this film is intended for all ages.