Come with me if you want to not die – A Lego Movie Review

The Lego Movie Poster

Let’s keep this simple: if you haven’t seen The Lego Movie yet, just go watch it. It’s undoubtedly one of the best movies to come out in a very long time. And if some chance you don’t enjoy most of the movie, you’re most likely dead inside and you should probably just stop watching movies altogether.

The Lego Movie is the story of Emmet, an ordinary construction worker who lives in a city run by President Business. Emmit always follows the instructions and does as he’s told. One day after finishing work, Emmit notices a stranger at the construction site. While trying to find out what they are up to, he accidentally stumbles upon a mystical artifact known as The Piece of Resistance. He has a vision and discovers that it was foretold that the Special, the most interesting and extraordinary person in the universe, would find the Piece of Resistance and save the world.

The Good

  • It’s flipping funny
  • Great animation
  • Great voice acting (there’s too many famous people to name here)
  • It’s surprisingly clever
  • The characters all relied on stereotypes, but this is one instance of a film making good use of them
  • The story throws you a massive curve ball that is actually completely unexpected and AMAZING
  • Captures that feeling of being a child and playing with your Legos perfectly (there were even some scenes where I started making sound effects and going “pew pew pew”)
  • Batman

The OK

  • Scratches head…

The Bad

  • Errrrr….

Movie Opinion

I’ve been watching a lot of movies recently that have gotten a lot of hype and awards, but to be honest, they weren’t great. Don’t get me wrong, they were good movies, but they just weren’t amazing. For me, for a film to hit the tipping point of good to great, the film has to have at least one moment or scene that really, really stands out, or captures the essence of the film.

For example, this scene from Kung Fu Panda (SPOILERS):

Or this scene from The Lion King (SPOILERS):

Or this scene from Terminator 2 (SPOILERS):

But out of all the movies I’ve watched recently, only Saving Mr. Banks and Twelve Years a Slave have these kind of moments, and just about everything else I’ve seen has fallen short. Thankfully The Lego Movie more than makes up for the lack of really awesome films on the big screen this year.

Without a doubt, the strongest element of this movie is it’s comedy. If you’re a kid (or kid at heart) the movie definitely has a lot of sillier moments to get you laughing. If you’re an adult, it plays a lot off references and archetypes from other films. It also jokes around with being a 9-5 worker early on in the film, which I found really funny, but also really sad. The film also pokes fun at a lot of other things, making it almost a laugh-a-minute, but the tone shifts and the humour takes a bit of a back seat in the second half of the film.

The story follows the fairly predictable path that you would expect it to, right until the final act where it suddenly heads off in a direction that would put a lot of “twist” movies to shame. This twist isn’t only clever, but adds extra depth to the movie and has you looking back and going “Oh! That’s what’s going on!” The twist also adds a lot of heart to a movie that would have been very funny, but ultimately very shallow.

The movie is also really clever in that it plays with a lot of the ideas around Lego like being creative vs just building it like it is on the box, weird things that happen to Lego pieces, and how we as children treated our Lego. There’s one scene in particular that stands out, but since I make a point of not discussing spoilers, I’m not going to mention it here.

And the final thing that I think is worth mentioning briefly is the animation. Even though this film is entirely CGI, the animation is made to feel like stop motion animation, and the Lego characters all move like actual Lego characters. It feels like someone gave millions of dollars to one of the fans who makes Lego Youtube videos and told him/her to go wild.

Overall, this movie is undoubtedly the best movie of 2014 (so far) and I’m definitely going to try and find the time to go watch it at least one more time. If you don’t see The Lego Movie, you’ll definitely be missing out on one of the funniest movies of the last few years.


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