The Lego Movie revolves around a Lego man named Emmet, who is completely and utterly ordinary. There's nothing special about him in the slightest. He follows all the rules, he goes to all of the same places as everyone else, he essentially has no identity. He's just another piece in the set. That is until he finds a mysterious artifact called The Piece of Resistance, which attaches to his back, and he's taken on a grand adventure to save the Lego worlds from the evil Lord Business, who wants to separate all of the various Lego playsets and isolate each world. The western world wouldn't interact with the city, and the fantasy world wouldn't interact with the pirate world.
So yeah, it's a simple little concept that I can easily get behind. The story isn't anything to write home about, but what really sells this movie are the characters. Most of the characters in this movie are based off of Lego properties, so you'll be seeing cameos from most Lego products in some shape or form in this movie. Dumbledore and Gandalf have conversations with each other, and most of the Justice League is there as well. Speaking of Justice League, one of the main character sin this movie is actually Batman, though he is played up for laughs much more than his more recent incarnations. The Batman parodied in this movie isn't Adam West style of goofiness, but more Robot Chicken "trying-to-be-serious-but-is-tool-who's-pretty-arrogant-and-works-only-in-black" kind of Batman. Special mentions also go out to Morgan Freeman as a blind wizard named Vetruvius, an anime hyper kitty called the Unikitty, and Will Ferrell as the evil Lord Business.
|When in doubt, Batman. As if Lego was worried they |
wouldn't get an audience
Not only that, but the animation is actually relatively impressive as well. It's a combination of stop-motion animation with Legos and standard CG animation, but the two are mixed together perfectly. There's a moment when an entire world is under attack by Lord Business's forces, and seeing every building explode in a blaze of fire and smoke (also done in Lego mind you), is some of the best animation I've seen in an any recent movie, let alone kids movies. Hell, I'd even go so far to say that some points of the movie are better animated than Frozen when Elsa raises her castle. It's that good.
However, it also contrasts with some legitimately bad animation as well. I can't put my finger on why, but there were some parts of the movie that just looked lazy or off kilter. Water in this movie either looks fine, with two little Lego bits to show water in a glass, or a giant ocean, which looks choppy and unnatural to the point where it looks a bit like the movie is lagging. Also when the movie gets up close with some characters, the stop motion doesn't look completely smooth and you can tell that it's choppy. Bottom line, the animation can look really nice and breathtaking with a great mix between the stop-motion and CG, but can also look really choppy and sloppy.
|Unikitty is like a rage suppressed Pinkie Pie and I love it.|
The Lego Movie now, to me at least, is a movie about just having fun and that toys are exactly what they're meant to be. Toys are meant to be things to be played with and shouldn't be viewed as anything but. When you take the fun out of something that's meant to be played with, you're robbing the toys of what they're meant to be. And if you try deny that sense of fun to anyone else, then no one benefits. You're left with toys that no one can play with and are just there for what? It's like having a teddy bear that you leave on a shelf that no one can hold. Teddy bears are meant to be held by people and be soft and comforting. Or it's like having a video game that you don't play; it's just meant to be on a shelf to serve as a collectible and for you to say "Yeah I have it. I don't play with it, but I have it." What the point of a game if you can't play it?
The last half an hour of The Lego Movie turned an average kids movie into something so much more. While I don't know whether its message will get across, it'll stay with me as a moment that redefined a movie and completely upended it. This movie is a movie for everyone that's ever had a toy that they cared about and want to rekindle that idea of being a kid again. While its message can't justify the weaker aspects of the movie, it's still a fine movie that anyone can go to and enjoy. That's why I give The Lego Movie a well deserved 4 out of 5.