Last week, my friends and I went to see The Lego Movie. When I first heard about it, I thought the idea was stupid. But as soon as I saw the first trailer, I knew this movie was going to be something great. The Lego Movie has so many good things going for it. If you’re wondering whether or not you should see it, the answer is definitely yes. Here’s why.
The Lego Movie tells the story of Emmett, a construction worker living in a Lego utopia, who accidentally gets involved with a rebel group trying to bring down President Business, the leader of the seemingly perfect society Emmett lives in. For the most part, the plot is straightforward and easy to follow, but that doesn’t mean it’s dumb. It will suck you in and keep you interested for the full 100 minutes the film lasts.
I think the best thing about The Lego Movie is that it’s truly a film for all ages. Because it is based on a children’s toy, it only makes sense that the movie would appeal to kids. And it does that really well. It’s totally clean and something kids will enjoy seeing. But it’s not just a kids movie. Unlike most kids movies that try to throw a few “higher-level” jokes in to appeal to adults, this film is just as enjoyable for adults as it is for kids. The humor is deep at points, and I spent the entire time laughing along with the kids in the theatre. I think people of all ages will find this movie enjoyable.
It’s also got a really great cast of characters. I’m guessing that Lego slipped in a clause about movie rights in the small print of all of their deals with the various brands they work with, because the Lego movie has a vast array of characters. All kinds of DC comic books characters are in it, including Batman as a main character. There’s a great scene between Dumbledore and Gandalf, something only Lego could make happen. And they even threw in a surprise cameo that I won’t spoil. I’ll just say that it will make most adult viewers very happy. Lego used all of their available resources to make this movie, and it turned out to be really cool.
But the animated characters wouldn’t have been nearly as enjoyable if it hadn’t been for the amazing voice cast. I really don’t know how Lego managed to get as many famous people into their movie as they did. Chris Pratt voices Emmett, and his performance was simply perfect. Will Ferrell voices the villain, and again, it was spectacular. Other big names include Elizabeth Banks as the female lead Lucy, Will Arnett as Batman (whoever came up with this idea was a genius), Liam Neeson as a cop with a personality disorder, and Morgan Freeman as an old wizard. It was so cool to hear all these people’s voices in one film, and all of the casting fit perfectly. I was very impressed.
But as funny and star-studded as The Lego Movie is, it also has a lot of heart. I won’t give any major plot points away, but as you watch the film, you slowly learn that there’s more to it than just a bunch of Lego people fighting the bad guy. The Lego Movie actually brings up some deep issues and offers some answers that are universal and very satisfying for a viewer of any age. Ultimately, it gives a really positive message that adults and children alike will benefit from hearing, and it presents that message in a compelling, entertaining way.
The Lego Movie is in theaters now, and I can say with 100% certainty that if you go see this movie, you will enjoy it. Take your kids if you have them. Take your significant other if you have one. Take one of your grandparents if you want. I really do think this movie has a universal appeal that most movies cannot achieve. The Lego Movie is going to be on the list of best movies of 2014, so do yourself a favor and go see it. I promise you won’t regret it.