"The Lego Movie" Movie Review: 4 Stars
by Michael Phillips
Finally! A comedy that works.
An animated film with a look -- a kinetic aesthetic honoring its product line's bright, bricklike origins -- that isn't like every other clinically rounded and bland digital 3-D effort. A movie that works for the Lego-indebted parent as well as the Lego-crazed offspring.
A movie that, in its brilliantly crammed first half especially, will work even if you don't give a rip about Legos.
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"The Lego Movie" proves that you can soar directly into and then straight past product placement into a realm of the sublime, if you're clever enough.
This isn't just the funniest PG-rated animation in too long; it's the funniest film, period, in months,
since the kid-hostile "This Is the End" and "The World's End" came out last summer. I would like to nominate
the screenwriting team of
It is, in fact, a manic wonder, sneaking in so many small, medium and large jokes on the sly, it has an instantly re-watchable appeal.
The setup of "The Lego Movie," also directed by Lord and Miller, recalls both "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and the recent "Wreck-It Ralph" in its mashup of familiar characters and imaginative worlds. (Confession: I always found "Roger Rabbit" a technically remarkable but mean-spirited drag, and consider "Wreck-It Ralph" clever but exhausting. So consider that when considering my response to "The Lego Movie.")
The prophecy dictates that the one who will save the world is a person born with "face of yellow."
So says the Yoda-style soothsayer voiced by
The hero? An ordinary Lego construction worker, with the classic waist-bendy design and fondness for right
angles and orderly skylines of many colors. Emmet is his name, and he lives and resides in the bustling
community of Bricksburg. This world's overlord, President Business (
He's a good little Lego. The way
The movie flings Emmet, and the audience, into one Lego universe after another. There's a Wild West sequence that owes as much to "Son of Paleface" as anything else. When other Lego favorites are introduced into the action --
Each facet of Emmet's world is part of an insidiously entertaining mind-control experiment. The citizens of Bricksburg all tune into the same officially sanctioned hit show, "Where Are My Pants?"; everyone sings the same annoyingly hummable hit song, "Everything Is Awesome." (
I suppose it's a bit much toward the end. A little more breathing room en route might've helped sell the heartfelt wrap-up. But most of the way "The Lego Movie" plays like the world's greatest fan tribute, and I can't wait to see it again.
MPAA rating: PG (for mild action and rude humor). Running time: 1:40.
"The Lego Movie" Movie Trailer
"The Lego Movie" is full of adventure and action and is perfect for family and kids. It is the first of its kind, a movie made completely out of LEGO pieces. The film follows the main character Emmet, who even though he is just a average LEGO, must save the work around him. Watch this funny and family friendly movie featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, and Charlie Day