The Lego movie:
Everything is Awesome.
Definitely ticks the right box for this movie phenomenon, a brilliant mix of laugh out loud comedy, impressive visual effects and a fast-paced storyline which keeps audiences of all ages engaged and entertained.
My expectations for the movie weren’t high; I imagined it to be aimed at much younger audiences with a fairly predictable plot.
Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised.
Emmett, voiced by Chris Pratt, is an ordinary construction worker, going about his daily duties in accordance with the instruction manual provided to all Lego citizens by President Business, the master of evil, whose idea of power and conformity leads to his plan of freezing the Lego world in super glue.
By accident, Emmett discovers mythical Piece of Resistance, an ancient relic spoken of only in prophecy that can be used to save the Lego citizens from their impending doom.
Mistaking him for ‘the special’ he is saved by the beautiful Wyldstyle, who whisks Emmett away and brings him before the Master Builders; the man who spoke of the prophecy, a god-like Vitruvius[Morgan Freeman], 1980s astronaut Benny [Charlie Day] and Batman [Will Arnett].
Together they form a plan to defeat Lord Business and save Lego city and all its civilians; by infiltrating his massive high-rise fortress, whilst on the run from the terrifying Good Cop/Bad Cop [Liam Neeson], Lord Business' most loyal henchman.
A combination of stop motion and CGI animation, the film is visually dynamic.
The story starts with an insight into the Lego universe, expertly designed and crafted and the detail that has been taken to create this universe is astounding.
The story is simple enough for children to understand and follow, but being multi-layered it appeals to adults, and can definitely make more mature audiences laugh out loud.
The casting was spot on, Chris Pratt delivers an incredible character to Emmet and I was also really impressed with Will Farrell who voices Lord Business. Morgan Freeman was brilliant as ever, but my favourite was Liam Neeson, the good cop/bad cop who delivered an amazing, hilarious character and voice for both. The other supporting voice actors were incredible, and no character felt out of place.
From the outset, The Lego Movie fires an endless array of jokes at its audience from seemingly every angle. There are so many character references, including some brilliant batman puns and lord of the ring references which were hilarious!
I recommend this fantastic film to all ages – you are guaranteed a laugh!