The Lego Movie
What constitutes a five-star movie? Usually the highest of ratings is reserved for the types of films that are telling profoundly powerful stories, with great actors and directors already making space on their mantelpiece. But what about pure, old-fashioned entertainment? Doesn't that deserve some special recognition? Because that's exactly what The LEGO Movie is; five-star entertainment.
Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) is an ordinary, run-of-the-mill builder figure that has been mistaken for a prophesied hero who will bring down the evil President Business (Will Ferrell). He must leave his safe metropolis and travel across distant worlds – The Old West, Middle Zealand, etc. - to meet up with the leader of the good guys, Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), and formulate a plan that involves the likes of Batman (Will Arnett), Superman (Channing Tatum) and loads more.
The core message of the movie is all about using your imagination and how everyone has the ability to be special. While that might sound incredibly trite and saccharine, it turns out to be anything but. Overflowing with a unique type of wide-eyed, joyful sarcasm, everything that "the masses" enjoy and consume en masse is poked at here, but never in a mean way. The EDM tune that everyone loves - "Everything Is Awesome!" - is infuriatingly catchy, the hit TV show "Where Are My Pants?", the over-priced coffee that people are all too willing to pay for; the good-humoured subversive nature will have the adults laughing more than the young'uns.
Not that they're not being catered for too, with more loveable characters, instantly quotable lines and eye-bursting visuals than a year's worth of other animated movies. The highlights on offer are endless, from Liam Neeson's Bad Cop/Good Cop and his running gag with kicking chairs, to the supressed bipolar nature of Alison Brie's UniKitty, or Charlie Day's Benny who just REALLY wants to build a spaceship; they're all instantly loveable and unforgettable.
Another sure-fire sign that you're watching a five-star movie is that the second it's finished, you want to watch it again, immediately, which of course you'll have to do, because you'll have missed so many of the jokes while you were laughing so hard at the previous ones.
The LEGO Movie is without doubt one of the best, smartest, funniest animated movies of the decade.
Review by Rory Cashin | 09:31 | Monday 10th February 2014 | Movie Review
Im sure over time these lego actors will replace real ones in time. expect to see the lego oscars sometime soon.Posted 11:40 | Mon 10th Feb 2014
This is simply awesome.Stop motion/animation mix is flawless. Something for all ages and very retro Han Solo meets Batman And a twisty bit too. 5 stars-dont like this and you're dead insidePosted 13:37 | Sat 15th Feb 2014
I saw it at CIneworld yesterday and it's absolutely brilliant! I just love it! I'd say it's the best animated film I've ever seen! Warner Bros. are total geniuses. My favourite characters in this fantastic Warner Bros. animated film are Emmet, Wyldstyle and Batman and my favourite villains are Lord Business and Bad Cop. I love LEGO! I used to play LEGO and Duplo when I was little. I am nearly 24 years old and I'm still playing LEGO (except Duplo which I am way too old for playing them). LEGO comes from a Danish phrase, 'leg godt' which means 'play well' because LEGO is Danish, isn't it?Posted 17:23 | Mon 17th Feb 2014
I attended a showing of The Lego Movie with my three grandkids which I do on a regular basis to see other animated films. I enjoyed this movie as did my grandkids but I don't see it as a five star movie I have saw other animated shows in recent times which I would put far above this film. Perhaps I missed something but I was looking at this movie for pure entertainment value not the technical side of its making and as I said it was all right and most kids will enjoy it.Posted 10:03 | Wed 26th Feb 2014
SPACESHIP!!!!!! Clever, funny and Neeson is inspired casting.Posted 00:07 | Fri 28th Feb 2014
I went to see this with my boyfriend. We found this film hilarious and were laughing at almost every part of it. The children in the cinema as with everyone else there didn't seem to enjoy it though :(Posted 00:33 | Sat 8th Mar 2014
This is 3.5 star at best , " UP , wreck it ralph , how to train your dragon are much better than this movie .Not as funny an entertaining as I expected it to be and parts boringPosted 16:13 | Sun 9th Mar 2014
First half an hour was great, then there were fewer and fewer gags and it dragged a bit. The Will Ferrell & son reality connection was over the top and tried way too hard to give meaning to a Lego Movie for children to learn something. OK overall.Posted 21:44 | Wed 26th Mar 2014
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