Remember as a kid when you wished that your toy barbies or action figures would come to life and be the best friends you ever had? Well, so do Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the creators of The Lego Movie. Also the brains behind Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, the duo create an action adventure set in a Lego world based on the imagination of an eight year old. The result is something else, a marvel, a spectacle. It is awe-inspiring.
Everything about this film is indeed awesome as the soundtrack suggests; the attention to detail, the story arcs, the charming, witty and funny dialogue and the colors. I remember the exact moment in the theatre when I knew that The Lego Movie was truly awesome; a couple seated two rows down from me had their toddler with them who was threatening to spoil the whole occasion with unstoppable wails. The kid cried and yelled throughout the trailers segment and all of a sudden when the first Lego appeared on screen – silence! I looked down at the kid once in a while and all the time he/she had a facial expression of high esteem for whatever was on screen.
This is not the first Lego movie ever made, I'd seen LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite before which I thought was great. One thing it didn't have though was the across-the-board appeal like The Lego Movie has. In equal parts, The Lego Movie is for both the children and adults. The PG jokes and gags are so silly they can make a grown man cry with laughter.
The unlikely hero of this film is Emmet Brickowski, an ordinary construction worker minifigure who is branded the "Special" by Master Builders, Vitruvius, an old wizard and Wyldstyle, a tenacious female fighter. For some reason he made me picture South Park's Eric Cartman as Matrix's Neo. Anyway, the mission for Emmet is to find the Piece of Resistance and stop Lord Business, an evil businessman who is trying to stop the Master Builder's creative impulses by sticking the Lego world forever in place with his weapon, the Kragle (Krazy Glue).
Which brings me to the casting…oh the casting in this movie is brilliant. Will Ferrell's childlike performance as Lord Business is on another level. Will Arnett who voices Batman should by decree be the only Batman voice from here on out. Morgan Freeman (wizard Vitruvius), Jonah Hill (Green Lantern), Channing Tatum (Superman) and Liam Neeson (Bad Cop/Good Cop) are all cast perfectly to their strengths.
I'll take a leap here and say that The Lego Movie is the Mt. Olympus of 21st century animated movies. While everyone is rummaging through their repertoire trying to get the next sequel (they're even making one for Space Jam… Spoiler alert: it will suck!) Warner Bros have come out with something original, something special, something that will be to this generation what The Lion King was to mine and what Fantasia was to those before me.
The Lego Movie may be yet another feature length commercial for giant toymakers but unlike Transformers and G.I. Joe, it takes a life of its own away from the brand. This film has a purpose for existing. It bears an overall moral to it that we'll all learn at the end. It shows us the brilliance and imagination that children have always been capable of. The same brilliance and imagination that as adults we usually tend to dismiss as useless, time-killing activities.
After watching this movie, the next time your kid’s nag you for new toys, instead of bulking at them, you'll just nod your head and think, "Everything is awesome".
This review is courtesy of Century Cinemax The Junction