The Lego Movie Review
Based upon the popular toy franchise, the film weaves the story around a basic concept. The world within the film is divided into two broad categories: those who build their Lego explicitly following the instructions and the more free-spirited builders who channel their inner architect. Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt) is just a regular Lego man who lives a safe and normal life following the rules. Every day he watches the same television show, drinks the same overpriced coffee, listens to whatever the radio tells him to and works at a construction site. He lives in a world secretly controlled by the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell), whose dastardly plans include a tube of superglue and a whole bucket load of tacos. Emmet’s world is forever changed the moment he finds a strange piece of Lego believed to be part of an ancient prophecy. Under the watchful eye of the mysterious Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), this ordinary man finds himself part of an extraordinary adventure. Pursued by a hilariously psychotic cop (Liam Neeson), Emmet and Wyldstyle take refuge in some familiar locations resulting in countless blink-and-you’ll-miss-them visual gags. Admittedly, The Lego Movie has a story which, even for a kids film, delivers almost every single cliche and trope for a ‘chosen one’ narrative. In its defence and without spoiling anything, I promise you’ll forgive any of its shortcomings given its uber-heartfelt climax.
The vocal performances are the only real disappointment for me. They’re passable, but with the exception of Will Arnett as Batman, just aren’t all that memorable. I’d like to see a big animated film like this give well-established voice artists their moment to shine instead of relying on more established Hollywood actors. Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pratt have great voices for animations but don’t exactly bring anything new to the table. Time for studios to gives the likes of Dee Bradley Baker and James Arnold Taylor some headlining roles.
The Lego Movie hits cinemas this Thursday, if you agree or disagree with my thoughts feel free to leave a comment below.