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FILM REVIEW: The Lego Movie

the_lego_movie_one_sheetTITLE: The Lego Movie
STARS: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum
DIRECTOR: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
RELEASED: February 14th 2014

Possibly one of the most highly anticipated children’s films of the year, The Lego Movie was always going to be a high priority for me. Considering the length of time that Lego has been a popular thing, I’m surprised that this film hasn’t been made earlier but now that it’s here, I’m sure it will be something that a lot of people will be going to see.

Of course, it is a kids’ film but when have I ever let my twenty-something years stop me from seeing/reading/doing anything I want to? The Valentine’s Day release of this film meant that Dan and I did spend our evening together in the cinema watching it. However, it really is a film that is so much more than a shallow, simple affair for the very young. As with so many other films marketed at children, there is a lot for the adults who accompany them and in my opinion, it’s this that keeps me coming back to the things I loved as a kid.

The Lego Movie tells the story of Emmet (Chris Pratt), a normal construction worker who is sucked into a world with a female Master Builder Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks). The wizard Vetruvius (Morgan Freeman) has prophesised that a person known as “The Special” will find the Piece of Resistance to stop the superweapon Kragle, which is being kept by the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell). Emmet unknowingly finds the Piece of Resistance and is taken prisoner by cops where he learns that the Kragle is in fact a tube of Krazy Glue. Wyldstyle rescues him and the two visit Vetruvius who see potential in Emmet due to his visions of “the Man Upstairs”. Devising a plan to storm Lord Business’ headquarters, Emmet meets Wyldstyle’s boyfriend Batman (Will Arnett), a space guy Benny (Charlie Day), Unikitty (Alison Brie), Superman (Channing Tatum), Green Lantern (Jonah Hill) and other Master Builders. After many problems and discoveries, the film comes to an ending that lands us back in the real world and we suddenly realise that we’ve been viewing true events from a different perspective. Losing ourselves in the drama of the story is what all good forms of entertainment do and the ending of The Lego Movie definitely brings you back down to Earth with a bump. We realise that we’ve been living through a child’s imagination and the true power of that becomes clear, which is a really uplifting magical thought to take away.

The Lego Movie is a great choice of film if you want something light-hearted and thought-provoking. Plenty of humour for the older audience is also included, so you can guarantee that you’ll get a few laughs from it. I didn’t expect it to be as funny as it is but I did laugh out loud several times while watching it. Even if you’re not a Lego fan and don’t know anyone who is, it’s still an awesome fun film that will have you smiling all the way home. Oh and the theme tune Everything Is Awesome is possibly the happiest song ever written!

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