Whoa! This is almost impossible! How the hell could this have happened? A movie based on a bunch of toys, which is actually freaking great!! And not just any toys, but a bunch of plastic bricks which require a manual to be put together (sometimes)!!! Well not so much of a surprise if you consider the history of the video games division of Lego, who have now for some time, been churning out wildly (a few times, not so) entertaining renditions of classic pop-cultural movies and characters. Phil Lord and Chris Miller who have handled projects like ‘Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs’ and ’21 Jump Street’ in the past have crafted a highly enjoyable little movie that is a potpourri of countless cultural phenomena but also carries the LEGO legacy and has a little heart of its own.
Emmet (voice of Chris Pratt) is an anonymous plastic figurine having a construction job in LEGO-land. LEGO land is run by the evil President Business (voice of Will Ferrell) who wants everything to conform to a modern design aesthetic that throws out anything remotely “different”. While all those seen as “different” band together to fight President Business and his even more evil alter-ego, Lord Business, Emmet is chosen as sort of an unlikely messiah to save the day by the simple virtue of having found a mysterious non-LEGO object called the “Piece of Resistance” that can defeat the apocalyptic secret weapon, known cryptically as the Kragle. There is a prophecy behind it all as described by a blind wizard-type figurine called Vitruvius (voice of Morgan Freeman) and Emmet now has a responsibility.
The movie references fly fast like zingers one after the other and you’d be left breathless trying to piece all of them together. The Dark Knight, Matrix, Lord of the Rings are only some of the referenced works and boy is it a wonder to see it all come together. Characters like Superman, The Green Lantern and even Shaq O’Neil show up for more than enough face time throughout the proceedings and each one is able to draw enough laughs to satiate the toughest of customers. The kids might have trouble keeping up with some of the references but adults are going to love it.
The animations style, which is a mixture of 3D animation and stop-motion involving everything in the world to be constructed by LEGO bricks is an ingenious idea and gives the movie quite a unique flavour.
The LEGO movie has it all, jokes, references, exciting action sequences and brilliant voice acting. It’s a treat for adults and kids alike, don’t miss this one.