The LEGO Movie review #2

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If you haven’t read Mark Pacis’ review of The LEGO Movie, you can check it out here. As of writing this review, the movie has a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s an impressive percentage for a movie about LEGOs, since a lot of the LEGO movies out there aren’t up to par.

With Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord have proven that they can direct a hilarious family film, and with 21 Jump Street, they’ve proven themselves with an R-rated comedy. Now they are entering the realm of LEGOs, and it’s safe to say that they have hit another home run.

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The LEGO Movie stars a very average LEGO minifigure named Emmet (He’s voiced by Chris Pratt, who’s going to be the lead in this year’s Guardians of the Galaxy). He’s so average that his face is confused with thousands of other LEGO faces. He’s always following the rules and is always trying to fit in so that he is loved by his peers. That is until one day he meets Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and accidentally touches a mystery item that makes people think he’s the Special, a master builder who’s destined to save the world. With the help from Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), he’ll find his true potential while trying to escape from Bad Cop (Liam Neeson) and stopping Lord Business (Will Ferrell) from taking over the LEGO world.

The film is visually amazing. Every single item in the movie is made up of LEGO blocks. Whether it’s the water droplets, smoke or debris, the CG artists took the time to create a LEGO piece for each. Even the wavy ocean view is LEGO bliss.

The LEGO Movie features many cameos including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Michelangelo from TMNT, and many more. It’s a nice nod to have Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill voice Superman and Green Lantern, respectively, since they were the stars in 21 Jump Street. Out of all of them, Batman (Will Arnett) gets the most screen time. He’s an arrogant bastard who happens to by Wilestyle’s girlfriend. This poses a problem for Emmet, who has fallen for her and now has to compete with the Dark Knight to win her affection.

The LEGO Movie has a lot of fun scenes including traveling to different LEGO world like the Old West. The characters and the world are a treat to watch and the movie is very funny to boot. What’s even more surprising is that the message of the movie resonates to both kids and adults. For kids, it’s all about believing, and for adults, it’s all about being less uptight. The film is highly recommended for the whole family, especially those who love LEGOs. If you aren’t a fan of LEGOs, you will become one.

Grade: A

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