The LEGO Movie (2014)

113572_galStarring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Nick Offerman, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum

Directed by: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

PG. 101 mins.

A bright film that boasts vibrant colours and surprisingly thoughtful messages, The LEGO Movie is a triumph that both young and old can enjoy for years to come. Once more, Lord and Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street) have teamed up to show off their knack for creating offbeat, yet endearing stories.

In the first full-length theatrical LEGO adventure, we follow obedient and painfully average Emmet (Chris Pratt), a mini-figure who gets swept into the greatest adventure of his lifetime after he is mistaken as the extraordinary person who will save the world from President Business’ (Will Ferrell) evil plot. Completely unprepared for such a dangerous journey, Emmet is grateful to have the help of some new friends – most notably, a hilariously deadpan Batman, an overly joyful kitten and a wizard voiced by Morgan Freeman, just to name a few. An unlikely winner, this film is an endlessly funny satire of pop culture and corporate greed with dazzling animation that illustrates just how limitless the imagination really is.

While some adults may find it’s length to be too much of a good thing, the film proves to be a pleasant surprise; even if it gets a bit carried away, that’s really the goal isn’t it? Delightful, delirious and detailed, The LEGO Movie is a heartwarming achievement that puts the fun back into the movie-going experience.

 

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