Have you ever built or played with legos as a child or as an adult? Of course you have. Legos provide the tools for children to create whatever their heart or imagination desires. Legos are like a sculptor’s clay, artist’s paintbrush, or a writer’s pencil. “The Lego Movie” brings audiences back to their childhood with an energetic, nostalgic journey for all ages to delight in.
“Lego” opens with Lord Business, played by Will Ferrel (“Anchorman” and “Elf”), taking a super-powerful weapon, “Kragle,” away from Vitruvius played by Morgan Freeman, which causes him to recite a prophecy about a future unique, master builder preventing Lord Business’ evil ways.
Some time passes and Lord Business is now President Business of the Lego World. Everything in the world appears to be perfect, maybe even awesome. “Everything is Awesome!!!” is one of the catchiest songs ever sung and everyone in the city knows and performs the song in perfect synchronization. Kudos to Tegan and Sara along with The Lonely Island for providing their vocal chops to the foot-tapping, upbeat song.
Chris Pratt (“Parks and Recreation”) plays Emmet, the lovable, follow instructions to the tee main character. He is a normal in every sense of the word and lives his daily life the same way everyday until he sees Wyldstyle and does not know what to do.
Elizabeth Banks (“Role Models” and “Hunger Games”) is Wyldstyle, a stealthy master builder searching for the “Piece of Resistance”. Emmet stumbles upon the all-important “Piece of Resistance”, so Wyldstyle brings him along on their quest to stop Lord Business.
Other notable characters worth mentioning are Liam Neeson perfectly playing Good Cop and Bad Cop and Will Arnett playing an excellent, mysterious Batman.
We learn later that “Kragle,” which is krazy glue with the “z” and “u” scratched off will be used by Lord Business to make everything permanent and take over the world. Can the team of master builders led by Emmet stop him?
The cinematics are beautiful and vibrant even though they are merely digitally animated lego pieces. Millions and millions of beautiful little lego pieces! The sea was living and breathing as the characters traversed the treacherous waters. Explosions lit the screen in a blaze of glorious mini lego piece glory.
Comedic moments are present in each and every scene starting right at the beginning. There are one-liners, references to pop culture, and plenty more. Imagine getting blasted out of a cannon filled with laughter and joy and never ever falling down.
The colorful and spirited cast range from superheroes like Batman and Superman to a unicorn kitty, aptly named, Unikitty, to Star Wars characters to a cameo from Shaquille O’Neal himself.
There was a surprising shift near the end. No spoilers here, but the attention to detail on display is amazing.
“Lego” plays out as if a child’s wild, inventive imagination came to life for the big screen. Everyday objects like pirate ships, skyscrapers with dragons, horses, giant mechanical pirates, and randomly constructed mishmashes of lego pieces found throughout.
“Lego” easily displays itself as a movie filled with moments that are entertaining, comical, exciting, adventurous, beautiful, etc. The list goes on and on.
Just like any child’s special lego creations, each individual person thinks and acts uniquely. The movie instills a belief in others, but most importantly, oneself.
Adults will enjoy. Kids will love. Families will be entertained. We all laugh and sing because everything is awesome!!!