Imagination is a powerful thing. The Lego Movie is filled with imagination in each block. It's as if the memories of your childhood playing with the bricks unfolds to life on screen, yet with added star power and some truly stupendous animation. I wasn't sure if this was going to work, a movie based on Lego, but I was wrong, it works on every level.
When ordinary Lego figure Emmet is mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary Masterbuilder, higher powers take him on a wild adventure that puts him up against a formidable evil power hell-bent on gluing the world together. That was my pet hate as a kid, finding out someone has either stuck glue or blue-tac on my Lego, and it's neat seeing that kind of worry used as the central premise in this quirky movie.
Surprisingly, the big mix of themes here all work: There is plenty of peril for the characters, some dark moments, plenty of gags both verbal, physical and visual alongside giddy action that is signature of Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller who yet again expertly ace all the montages, over the top yet jaw dropping action sequences and the perfect balance of chaos and comedy. The song scene Everything Is Awesome sees the whole world of Lego dance, sing, work and go about their everyday lives and it's glorious and leaves a big fat smile on your face.
When I mentioned imagination, it's right down to the tiniest of details. Watch how water is created; look at burning fires and plumes of smoke, all meticulously animated into dozens of mini Lego blocks. The world of Lego stuns, from sunlit Western deserts, cityscapes to Middle-Earth type designs, not one shot goes by where something doesn't grab your attention.
The 3D lends itself superbly to the world here, the depth sprawls for miles, as if you can dive into the Lego land. Bricks and characters spill out the screen and also move about clearly inside the screen. If by the end of this movie you don't want to go and play with a box of Lego, you've clearly not enjoyed this. Trust me when I say this, if it weren't for the insanely energetic and fun voice-work of the all-star cast, The Lego Movie wouldn't be as exciting.
Here is a giant thumbs up to Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Will Forte and everyone else, the finest voicework since the 2009 madcap animation comedy Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, also directed by the dynamic duo Lord and Miller. Bring on the sequel!