Friday, February 7 2014, 02:23 PM MST
Movie Review: The Lego Movie
4 out of 5 Stars
Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Starring: Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Berry
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy
Recommended To: Adults and children looking for an incredibly chaotic, but absolutely enjoyable, romp through the Lego universe.
Synopsis: Emmet, an incredibly average Lego construction worker, is mistaken for a prophesied Masterbuilder who will stop the evil Lord Business from destroying the universe.
Review: The Lego Movie features just about everything you could ask for from an animated comedy. It has plenty of jokes that will appeal to children, a few which will resonate with adults and a bunch that fall somewhere in between. There's non-stop action, mayhem, destruction and cameos galore from a variety of Lego's licensed franchises (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Batman etc.) and a bit of social commentary lingering beneath the surface if you want to look for it. The script, a collaboration between directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (who also worked together on both Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films), is incredibly random at times, but this matches the sort of frenetic spirit of childhood play that serves as the backbone to the story. Anything can happen in the world of Lego and that leads to unexpected twists and blasts of comedy laced with wonderful sense of absurdity.
The animation, a mix of stop-motion and CGI, is perfect as it gives life to the inanimate toys in a magical way that the direct-to-video Lego films and videogames, while enjoyable in their own right, have failed to do. The film simply looks astounding.
-Ryan Michael Painter