The Lego Movie (2014)

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The Lego Movie (2014)
  • Time: 100 min
  • Genre: Animation | Action | Comedy
  • Directors: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Jonah Hill, Liam Neeson, Channing Tatum

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“The Lego Movie” is the first-ever, full-length theatrical Lego adventure. The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet (Chris Pratt) an ordinary, rules- following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

5 reviews

  • To be honest – when I first heard of ‘The Lego Movie’ I thought it to be a ridiculous idea and automatically dismissed it as something bad. However, when I gave it a second thought, I realized I kind of liked the idea. I mean, why not create a big budget movie that takes place inside the Lego universe? At least it’s somewhat original (there have been previous Lego movies, but they were all direct-to-video, and from what I realize – they are much different from this one). And in this age of spin-offs, remakes, prequels, etc. originality is more valuable than ever. Add to that the amazing cast in the movie, and I, for one, needed no more reasons to see this movie – and I ultimately enjoyed it.

    The movie opens with the movie’s villain, Lord Business (voiced by Will Ferrell), stealing a mysterious artifact called the ‘Kragle’ (I hope I’ve written it correctly) from a wizard named Vitruvius (voiced by Morgan Freeman), in order to destroy the Universe. During their encounter, Vitruvius tells of a prophecy about a Chosen one, who will find another mystical artifact, called ‘The Resistance Piece’ and will put an end to Business’s mettle. 8 and a half years later, Lord Business’s alter ego – President Business – is ruling the whole world in a sort of totalitarian way. We then meet the movie’s protagonist, Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), who one day accidentally stumbles upon ‘The Resistance Piece’ and is thought to be the Chosen one by a group of Lego characters called the MasterBuilders.

    Despite the fact that The Lego Movie’s plot summary may seem a bit complicated (and despite the fact that I hailed the movie’s originality a moment ago), the movie is actually pretty predictable and formulaic. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing – actually, the movie has an explanation of some sort for why it is so predictable – but the movie does get slightly tedious from time to time. The only other possible downsides to the movie besides that, are the movie’s third act, which gets clingy in some parts, and some of the action scenes. I like how the animation is a combination of both stop motion and CGI, but this unusual style of animation may be hard to follow during a few action scenes – and I fear this scenes might be even harder to follow if you decide to watch the movie in 3D. Nonetheless, all this downsides to the movie are easily overshadowed by its qualities.

    The movie’s biggest quality is definitely that it is fun. The Lego Movie is a nostalgic look back at childhood and it helps to realize that our child games were often very silly, ridiculous, over the top and funny – and in that way The Lego Movie could be better appreciated by adults than by children. Virtually almost every scene contains a silly joke or gag and I was constantly giggling throughout the whole movie. The Lego Movie easily succeeds in being a feel good, ridiculously entertaining movie that is worth your time. Moreover, another The Lego Movie’s quality is that it has quite an impressive cast (Pratt, Ferrell, Banks, Day, Brie, Freeman, Hill, Neeson, Offerman, O’Neil, etc.), that portrays a bunch of very colorful and memorable characters. In short, if you are interested in watching a nostalgic throwback to your childhood or just want to watch a fun, feel-good movie, you mustn’t skip The Lego Movie.

    Rating: 8/10

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  • (Rating: 3 / 5) Lego are the Danes toys who became a symbol of children’s culture, just are not cheap to buy but everybody have had. Is that one of its charms lay in the Playmobil, and that adults can also consider it as an object of worship, as Lego have developed the most impressive universes with these Playmobils, like giant boats with the whole crew of Lego, or other like classical mythology or spacecraft. It is a fascinating subject

    In this new century, the idea of the toy begins to leave the kids at all, since the digital format is considered more attractive, although psychologists does not consider much healthier. Lego, using its famous franchise, has cleverly extended to these new territories with video games (the PlayStation 2 games are the most knowledgeable, usually are parodies of other franchises such Star Wars) and films as well as television. “The Lego Movie” is not the first film but the most ambitious production , and that ambition translates into a beautiful visual spectacle. It’s the closest thing to a video game, ornate colors that match perfectly with the theme and the signature of Lego, and a number of camera tricks (eg, Stop- Motion) only adds a playful look, necessary for the multicolor not overwhelm or become demagogic. There will not be “Super Mario Galaxy” (a game that would delight, if any intelligent person adapt successfully the game in a film), but it is almost as attractive

    But visually it is a wonder, is not enough to wake the film of an almost stifling lethargy. “The Lego Movie” suffers the syndrome of “Superman: Man Of Steel”, but worse. The most unfortunate thing is that the failure is usually in many films, animated or not. Here, there are problems of the director and the script. The story of the film is not unknown, but the King Arthur cliché about a chosen to save the earth. In this case, an ugly duckling or no-special that will become the hero and kiss the girl in the story (Wyldstyle, played by Elizabeth Banks, although the drawing looks more like Kelly Osbourne)

    One problem is that the script is not able to develop characters, but has only written action situations and pop culture references and jokes related to the topics of Playmobil (many of these action scenes are a cross between “The Matrix” and “Batman: The Dark Knight”; and the Pop song is suspiciously like “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus). You count on your watch: 9 minutes (yes, nine!!! not even 10 minutes) a lot of situations has happened. The writers have a tremendous wrong prudence, because in less than 10 minutes the main character finds a fundamental part of the story (the piece of resistance), so 75% of the story is already told, and the remaining hour and twenty is to see filling a long way to the final contest. The whole film is not allowed never rests, shooting a lot of Deus Ex Machina disguised pop culture: the appearance of Batman, the appearance of the ship from Star Wars, etc. All this disturbance was created to impress and entertain, concepts belonging to an expiration time (impacting in cinema but do not remain in the memory), so the writer is not much concern for the character development for long term, or a coherent story. Like “Superman: Man Of Steel” (which is a very good movie), the cast are simple pieces in a constant barrage of explosions and FX, and the viewer is only interested in the colorful and not so much the lives of these people. So much so that there are not very good transitions: we are in a nighttime car chase á la The Matrix / The Dark Knight… and suddenly we are in the wilderness of the Cowboys, as if it were a theme park

    But it can also be a directorial problem. The narrative structure of “The Lego Movie” is well known: action moments-moments of conversation. But come to exhibitions of dialogues, there are only jokes and trivia that prevent the hero of the film is developed, not even the other characters (the jokes works as jokes to laugh, and this does not advance in dramatic terms the story). And in moments of action occasionally the tone is changed: persecution slows to generate serious. Eg , the protagonists in action are going to fall into a lake full of crocodiles, and then the frenzy slows to say their last depressing words before the death. Which means, the director disorderly intersperses sooo hectic moments to solemn seriousness scenes, and none of this does a very good emotional depth

    Where “The Lego Movie” shows a bit flight is a little over the last 20 minutes, when reveals the moral of the film, where the intersects with the world of humans is gradually revealed. It’s a recycled eco John Hughes in the 80’s, where the boy suffered the oppression of bureaucratic parents or authority (also bureaucratic and conservative) and ended up rebelling or rethinking a new healthier situation, within the parameters adolescence. This works, and it is the only thing worth watching “The Lego Movie”, although still with the bombing of action

    It’s strange that one of the writers of the script is the same as “21 Jump Street ” where in addition great jokes had some personal interaction of the protagonists. Those in charge of this project might say that this is a movie for kids, which is a subjectively intelligible approach but a flimsy excuse: Disney perfectly balances the adult-infant polarities. Someone also could say that we can not ask for a production such as Disney-Pixar, but it is also a weak excuse: if the company of the mouse is invincible in animated films is not because the company is God, but because Disney knows how to create emotionally resonant characters. “The Lego Movie” is a monumental show that sacrifices depth of the cast and coherence of argument to its catalog of effects. If the film no had the final moral , would be forgettable. There are also some items that qualify as violent, as the references to torture or certain aggressive attitudes of the main villain, eg “kill” the parents of the good / bad cop before him. However, it would extreme moralism, and does not hurt much

  • The Lego Movie 7.5/10- When I saw the trailer for this movie, I thought it looked pretty stupid. I was surprised when I saw it had a 95 on rotten tomatoes. So, I decided to give this movie a chance and could not have been more impressed. Yes, it is funny but the thing that is incredible is the visual effects. It did something that few have done before but it was the first to do it successfully.

    You do not have to be a four year old to enjoy this. The Lego Movie is something that we all can appreciate. The plot was somewhat cliché but the way it turns towards the end and gives itself a new direction is really impressive and definitely separates itself from other films of its category. T he visual effects were the thing to talk about. It takes a second to get use to but once you do, you become entranced in the world of legos. Also the way they so quickly build legos like it is a video game and putting it on the screen is stunning.

    The decision to make all of the characters from famous lego sets as characters in the movie was very amusing and the only thing that might have did wrong is not having Harry Potter in it. The rest though such as: Batman, Abe Lincoln, Green Lantern, Superman, etc… all did great job in adding something to the plot.

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  • An ordinary LEGO minifigure is thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder the prophecy told and is recruited to join a quest to stop evil Lord Business from gluing the universe together. Boasting with an unbelievable cast, including Morgan Freeman, Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson and many, many more, this film turns everyone’s childhood dream into reality. It brings back nostalgia to all those who grew up playing with LEGO (me including).

    As mentioned above, the cast is unbelievable. Even the minor characters are played by some great actors and it really comes off well having such an amazing cast. As for the characters you have everything you could want from them. You have superheroes, which are very much the in films of this decade. You’re given nostalgia with ‘1980’s space-guy or simply Benny which is one of the originally LEGO characters you’d get when I was a child and Charlie Day plays the part superbly (dare I say favourite character of the film). Then finally you have underdog, Emmet (Chris Pratt) and who doesn’t love an underdog? On a side note, for those Star Wars fans there’s a great scene with Billy Dee Williams playing Lando Calrissian that just deserves a mention. I could continue, but you get my point.

    Before writing my review I wanted to talk about the end as I think it is the best part about the film, however I don’t wish to spoil anything. So I knew this part of my review would be hard to write. So all I will say is that at times the film got a bit…
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  • If you have ever played with LEGOs then you know the world of imagination you control with one simple block. I don’t know about you, but the master of my imaginative world was any LEGO minifigure I could get my hands on. It didn’t matter what costume it had when I originally got it because the beauty of LEGOs is that they can easily be changed. I can give them a wand from my Harry Potter set and they are now a wizard, or give them a light saber from my Star Wars set and they are now a Jedi. I have created millions of adventures and stories to get my minifigures into but the story Phil Lord and Christopher Miller has created within The LEGO Movie blows not only my imagination away but everything that is awesome as well.

    The LEGO (R) Movie” is the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO (R) adventure. The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet (Chris Pratt) an ordinary, rules- following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

    Throughout my adolescents, you might have found me playing with my LEGOs, Mega Blocks or K’NEX, a set of simple building pieces that kids loved and parents loved more. Today, if you would have told me that at one point a movie would be made about any of the three, I most likely would have asked you to briefly look up the definition of an infomercial. Attached to this project are a set of directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, that have a special talent for making something which lacks depth into a wonderful experience. After all, the duo gave life to two new franchises with a television show adaptation that no one cared about and turned it into a hilarious experience in 21 Jump Street and a children’s book adaptation that lacked narrative yet turned it into a silly and pleasant children’s fantasy. Now, Lord and Miller turned something as simple as a set a building pieces into something that can only be described in one word, AWESOME!

    Nobody wants to be average and the same can be said about our main protagonist, Emmet (Chris Pratt), who is your average LEGO-man but wants to be considered ‘great’ in at least someone’s eyes. Everyday is a set routine with everybody sticking to their set plans of working hard and building away on the orders of President Business but Emmet’s day is about to change when he finds the ‘Piece Of Resistance’. There is an ancient prophecy behind the ‘Piece Of Resistance’, who ever finds said piece will be deemed special and the hero the town of Bricksburg will need. Everybody wants to be the center of the universe, have the world worship everything that you are and aren’t. It’s an unrealistic dream that becomes reality for Emmet but not once did Lord or Miller turn our protagonist into a superhero. After all there are a handful of superheroes that make cameos throughout the film from The Caped Crusader to the Man of Steel and yet, none of them are ‘special’ enough to save the world. What Bricksburg really needed was someone who is average in order to be the real hero that was always needed. This might sound ironic but it is exactly what makes the film appeal to everyone. They created a hero that everyone could root for.

    The supporting cast is just as wonderful with Morgan Freeman confusing the audience yet having them bursting with laughter with his wisdom as Vitruvius. Elizabeth Banks gives inspiration to all the young female audience members with her kick-ass Wyldstyle. Will Ferrel’s Lord Business is the crazy yet hilarious to laugh at villain that is the cherry on top for the film.

    A great family film pushes out a positive message and jokes that both adolescents and parents can enjoy alike; no parent wants to take their child to a film if they feel it won’t aid in their growth. The LEGO Movie indeed has a message and it is one that our directors have used in a previous film of theirs, “even the smallest of us can change the world.” It worked wonderfully in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and our directors love the saying “if it isn’t broke, why fix it?” as we found out in 22 Jump Street, so it is only right they bring back a message that works so well.

    What really makes The LEGO Movie shine is the amazing visuals and score. The beauty about LEGOs, in general, is that you are able to build anything you want as long as you have the imagination to stop it and that very same logic is constantly used throughout the film. When we first meet Emmet, Bricksburg is very much just like our world but just made out of LEGOs but as soon as Emmet breaks free, we get numerous of new worlds that is more bizarre than the previous one. You get to relive all the worlds (sets) you might have played with as a child as all the distinct LEGO worlds co-exists and we get to see Emmet and Wyldstyle go through some pretty crazy stuff that we will not ruin for you. But whenever they are in trouble and seems like they have finally met their match, they remind us, you can easily build something new in the world of LEGOs that will change your odds. Mark Mothersbaugh’s score adds to the craziness that is this film by throwing in the very catchy “Everything is Awesome” track throughout the film. From a sad riff to a heroic riff version of the song, you will be repeating every single lyric by the movie’s end.

    The LEGO Movie might not have intended be an infomercial but after putting me through many of their different worlds, buying a new set of LEGOs and creating my own Bricksburg sounds like an awesome idea. After all, EVERYTHING IS AWESOMEEE!

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