So……The LEGO Movie…..I bet when people heard of this idea, they thought that it has to be one of the stupidest ideas for anybody in the movie industry to come up with and they have the old saying that Hollywood has ran out of ideas and are creatively bankrupt. That may be true to some cases but sometimes people can turn a mundane idea from paper into something wonderful on the big screen. Enter Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who have directed such movies as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which was a good animated movie back in 2010 from Sony Pictures Animation and 2012’s 21 Jump Street, and that movie ended up being one of the most funniest movies of 2012 and also has a sequel coming out later this year. The point is, this team recently can turn something that may sound like a dumb idea at first, but it’s all about the execution.
The question is, can the LEGO Movie pull the execution?
“The LEGO (R) Movie” is the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO (R) adventure. The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet (Chris Pratt) an ordinary, rules- following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
Oh, and by the way, I’m proud to say that this movie definitely proves the naysayers wrong as it definitely plays it more than just some gimmick out to make money and it does have a working narrative that isn’t exactly groundbreaking but it’s definitely inspiring, humorous for all ages and very charming. I get with the storyline of Emmet wanting to be special and unique but he doesn’t exactly feel that way considering he does just blend in with the crowd, mostly faceless and not distinguishable to anyone else and I really felt that part of this because most of us often felt like him at a time and place.
I also get most of the commentary in the movie with the Lego people following the same usual pattern (s) of what show(s) they watch, the life they live and the music they listen, hence the theme song of the movie, “EVERYTHING IS AWESOME”, which is quite the catchy song. Yeah, I know how the song is used during the movie, but the song is still good and it also helps that while other people saw the movie before I did, I didn’t listen to it as much.
Animation-wise, I really dug it as the usage of the CG animation although I feel like it has a stop-motion feel to it and I guess if I thought of the movie as that, it could be better but then again, I already think the movie is better whether it was CG animation, stop-motion, or both.
And last but not least, this cast was much utilized in the right way and it does confirm it in the final cut. Chris Pratt, who’s about to become a major header this year with Guardians of the Galaxy, is most definitely funny as Emmet, there are some times where the jokes from him are flat but nothing problematic. I’m good with his performance overall and the same can be said for Elizabeth Banks as Wildstyle. Will Arnett as Batman…..yep, I think they should’ve picked him for that Batman/Superman movie (lol….BTW, I’m fine with Affleck, so suck it.) but seriously, Arnett can be a funny Batman in animated form. It also shows that Will Ferrell can be funny without being the usual schtick of characters he does as President Business. LIAM NEESONS….I mean, Liam Neeson as Bad Cop/Good Cop…dude got some animated range as when it was the Good Cop, I couldn’t tell if that was him or if they got another voice actor. Morgan Freeman is excellent as always and funny; Charlie Day as Benny is the most hyped character that really wants to build spaceships; Nick Offerman as Metal Beard is also a great highlight; Alison Brie is just the most adorable performance as Unikitty and with cameos from Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Cobie Smulders and Shaquille O’Neal.
FINAL VERDICT: I can’t believe we’re into February 2014 already and we got ourselves a great movie in the form of The LEGO Movie considering many movies released at that time does tend to suck and if this movie is a preview of what great movies to expect in the rest of 2014, then I can’t wait for that, too. The movie is great for people for all ages and for those who enjoy Legos in the past and maybe the future.
And this is why THE LEGO MOVIE is stacking up to be
That’s it for me and until then, I’m MAK2.0 aka Blue Hybrid, bringing all the Legos in one creation.
THE LEGO MOVIE – courtesy of WARNER BROS. PICTURES / WARNER ANIMATION GROUP