'The Lego Movie', which stars Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell and Morgan Freeman, as well as Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Charlie Day, has been doing blockbuster-sized business at the box office. But is the movie any good? Read on to find out.
To start off with this review, I will say that The Lego Movie is uproariously funny, fast-paced with enough distractions to keep your attention for its 100 minute running time.
As animated movies typically go, The Lego Movie was destined to be, well, crap. It was the money-grabbing studio that turned The Hobbit into three movies. The teaser trailer released in June was decent, and at that point I was curious. It wasn't really until I saw the glowing reviews that I was sold.
After January's disastrous slate, this feels like a breath of fresh air that gets sucked in a bit too early. The third act falls apart a little, and unorthodox storytelling methods ensue, but to the point where it's enjoyable.
The story follows Emmet (Chris Pratt) as he is mistaken for the chosen one, as he tries to stop the evil tyrant Lord Business (Will Ferrell) and to help him accomplish this are Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett), as well as Benny (Charlie Day) and Unikitty (Alison Brie). The premise is generic, but it consistently makes fun of Hollywood cliches and characters, as well as a few surprise appearances.
'The Lego Movie' is definitely for all ages, and the several messages it showcases throughout are passable. The pop culture references is like a blast to the past. Those four words probably sum up 'The Lego Movie' and it really builds franchise potential if they get the same team involved.
Batman actually has a sizable role in the film, I'd say about 20-30 minutes of screen time, probably closer to the latter. Wonder Woman, Superman and Green Lantern have a few lines, and had about as much of screen time as I had expected.
The animation is beautiful, and the 3D is actually worth this time around, and the gimmicks weren't used to the point of exhaustion, but were used to the point of heightened effect. 'The Lego Movie' is an example of what kids movies should be these days, but instead we get 'The Nut Job' and 'The Smurfs 2'.
The real stand-out to me was Will Ferrell, who (SPOILER ALERT) shows up in live-action form near the end. Line after line Will Ferrell, as well as Will Arnett and Morgan Freeman had this near pitch-perfect comedic timing.
But, in the end, when the story became full circle, I do admit I enjoyed The Lego Movie, and look upon it as the best movie of 2014 so far, and there it will remain (at least until The Grand Budapest Hotel).
Come on they're Lego's.