I suck at building Lego’s. I could never fully complete one without having missed a piece and then I would get frustrated and smash it.
Luckily, The Lego Movie did not bring flashbacks of that time in my life. Rather, it brought a new appreciation for the little plastic blocks that have been around since the 1940s.
It may come as a surprise that a Lego Movie has yet to be made. But unlike any other movie made off of a toy or board game, it was actually quite exceptional.
After Lord Business (voiced by Will Ferrell) takes the Kragle from Vitruvius (voiced by none other than Morgan Freeman) and becomes ruler of the Lego World, we are introduced to plain and ordinary Emmett, who is lovingly voiced by Chris Pratt. Emmett lives a lonely life but still finds everything “awesome” as the song in the movie states. He is just another construction worker in the vast city of Bricksburg, which is full of Lord Business’ companies and coffee is outrageously expensive. But when Emmett stumbles upon the Piece of Resistance, it is revealed that he is the prophesized “chosen one.”
And so he sets off with Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks) on a crazy adventure in order to stop Lord Business from using the Kragle to glue the entire world together.
The adventure is a non-stop thrill ride, that does drag on a bit, but it never quite stops being entertaining and inventive. One can say this is the most innovative and original kid’s movies in a long time. Everything in the world is made to look like Lego’s, even the water and lava. It is an animator’s paradise.
The movie also brings in a vast assortment of supporting characters; from Superman (Channing Tatum) to the Good/Bad Cop (Liam Neeson) and Star Wars characters Lando, Han, and C-3PO, the movie is chockfull of different forms of “geekdom.” You are always anticipating who could possibly show up next, and each time you are delighted and surprised at how each of the character’s has their own unique style of humor and personality for just being a little piece of plastic.
I can’t really stop praising how this movie balanced creative humor and action with heartwarming messages about fitting in and being accepted. Pixar has a target on their back now, because this is almost a new generation of Toy Story.
The possibilities of sequels are endless for The Lego Movie. Much akin to Wreck-It Ralph, The Lego Movie has enough material to make dozens of sequels with the same characters or even more from the Lego Universe. It is only a matter of time now, and I will be first in line to a sequel.
So, if you want to see a completely innovative and original movie full of humor, adventure, and a cast filled with great voice actors, go check this out, even if you are an adult.