That infectious song from The LEGO Movie trailer -- which also permeates throughout the film -- could also apply to the film itself… Everything Is Awesome!
We cannot think of one thing that is off about this utterly fantastic film that has surprised us with its fun factor, action-thrills, heart, hilarity, visual cornucopia and all out comic adventure for all ages.
Initially the idea of a LEGO movie was met with a bit of skepticism. After all, toy movies have not successfully littered the landscape of Hollywood with any kind of great success. In fact, most of them come off as 90-minute advertisements for the toys themselves or are sensory exploiting epics (Transformers). But, The LEGO Movie is not even close to a film that shrills its products.
It has all the soul of a self empowerment flick coupled with the scope, peril and action of a summer blockbuster.
Movie Fanatic should not be surprised. The film is from the writer-director team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Since their debut film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was such an inventive and wildly original animated thrill, their success with The LEGO Movie is not out of nowhere. In fact, you could look at their follow-up to that film, 21 Jump Street, and see the presence of a great pair of filmmakers who handle comedy with precision while developing a story that compels with quite a few thrills along the way.
The LEGO Movie is a culmination of the greatest parts of those two great movies and takes Lord and Miller to a whole new level of… well, awesome.
Chris Pratt voices Emmet. He’s a lowly builder who has the most joyous of outlooks on life, even if he is as lonely as can be. He thinks he matters and is making his mark, but he really isn’t.
When a series of events lands him in front of rebel rouser Wyldstyle (a super spunky Elizabeth Banks), she believes fate has given her “The One” who will deliver their oppressed world from the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell).
Wyldstyle takes Emmet to meet Vitruvius, a blind Gandalf-type wizard who too believes that Emmet has fatefully landed in their lap. Together -- along with a huge assist from Will Arnett as Batman and an array of other fantastic LEGO characters (including Channing Tatum as Superman, Jonah Hill as Green Lantern and Charlie Day as ‘80s Space Guy, Benny) -- they embark on bringing down Lord Business and trying to save the LEGO world.
Our The LEGO Movie review believes that there are messages aplenty in the film. And all arrive without a sledgehammer. As we stated, this film is for everyone across the age spectrum. Lord and Miller make profound statements about big business, the danger of uniformity and even the perils of pre-packed pop music. Oh, and then there’s the most important one of all that is embodied in the character of Emmet. Despite what the world may think of you, believe in yourself and greatness can happen.
Oh, and did we mention that it is fall-out-of-your-seat hilarious? Want further proof?
Check out these 5 hilarious The LEGO Movie clips!