Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell
Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Running Time: 100 mins
The Lego Movie is an American film about an ordinary construction worker, keen on just fitting in, who finds a brick that makes him “The Special”, and he must join with Master Builders to prevent the evil Lord Business from supergluing the world.
This film is just amazing! Not only is it one of the funniest films I’ve seen in recent years, it’s such good fun to watch, it’s got a really exciting story, brilliant characters, fantastic quotes, and an unexpectedly deep and emotional meaning to the whole thing.
Well, for sheer entertainment value, this is surely very hard to beat. It’s not just that it’s a brilliant fun movie for kids, but absolutely anyone can enjoy it, because it’s got loads of pop culture references that adults can laugh at, as well as an unbelievably deep message that is absolutely fascinating to look into.
This whole film really epitomises Lego itself. Not only is it the greatest display of product placement in the history of cinema, but everything about it really talks well about what Lego is, how to use it, and why it’s so important.
The first thing about this is the brilliantly fun side to it. You’ve got to adore all of the action in this film, and the way that you have this constant bombardment of a ludicrous storyline mirrors the exact way you would play with your Lego on a living room floor, making it all the more easy to relate to, as well as enjoy.
Another way that the film perfectly sums up Lego is the insanity of its worlds and characters. In effect, the whole film is just a jumble of absolutely everything that you could possibly get from the Lego world. You’ve got unicorns, Batman, Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, Spiderman, Morgan Freeman’s ultimate character, and that chaotic jumble of worlds and characters is exactly what you would do with your Lego, once again making watching this film an experience just like playing with the toy at home.
Despite the fact that the story is a total cliché, the film cleverly satirises its unoriginality. As this whole thing copies ideas from every possible corner of pop culture, you’d expect it to be the sort of typical storyline, and although it is, the film takes it to such ridiculous heights that it becomes hugely entertaining to watch.
The movie is also full of minute after minute of hilarious gags. It’s not just the little kiddy jokes that make you smile, but almost everything is completely quotable and enjoyable for absolutely anyone, making it one of the most entertaining films of recent years.
The one surprising thing about this film is how deep it is. There’s a whole subtext where it really talks about how important it is to be creative, avoid being ordinary, and appreciate everything that’s good in life, which is hugely fascinating to watch for the latter part of the film when it appears, embodying the spirit of Lego even more.
Overall, I’ll give this an 8.7, because it’s a fast-paced, hilarious, hugely entertaining, interesting, extraordinary film that absolutely anyone will love to pieces.