The Lego Movie
Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Starring the voice talents of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Liam Neason, Elizabeth Banks and Morgan Freeman
The hardest part of being a movie/DVD critic is knowing that you are, without doubt, going to have to sit through some really lousy films or simply those that hold no appeal whatsoever.
My brief for NonBeige is to review releases that, hopefully, will appeal to those over 50 and also those that they can enjoy with their grandchildren (or children if you just happened to have got frisky in your late 40s). Now, the former is a breeze. I’m in the appropriate age group and nothing gives me greater pleasure than to hunker down with a grown up offering and wait to be amused, enlightened or entertained and if I am, then to try and whet your appetite and invite you to share.
The latter is another spool of film entirely. Both my kids are adults now but neither has decided to enhance the population quite yet. Consequently, I will have to wait a while to gain my pleasure from seeing an entranced 5yr old “ooh “ and “ah” at the wonders of Pixar and Disney.
All Lego has ever meant to me is that the bricks hurt when you stand on them wearing socks, most of the creations made by kids only bear a passing resemblance to what they are meant to be and the theme park is expensive and boring unless you’re under 12. You can only imagine my dread when I settled in to watch a whole movie based on it.
I couldn’t have been more wrong!
It tells the story of an ordinary construction worker call Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt) who is called upon to prevent the destruction of the Lego universe by the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell). To do this he has to find the “Piece of Resistance” and install it on the Kragle (don’t ask it will all be explained) before it’s too late.
He is aided on his quest by the “sexy” Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Wizard Vitruvias (Morgan Freeman) and Batman…yes Batman( Will Arnett).
In hot pursuit is Good Cop/Bad Cop (Liam Neeson) who obviously thoroughly enjoyed himself making this. There are “guest” appearances by Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Hans Solo, Chewbacca and dozens of others.
It’s an absolute hoot from start to finish. Whilst aimed at children it has cleverly incorporated just the right element of humour to appeal to its target market and their attendant guardians. The animation is an absolute joy, so colourful and extremely clever. The voice acting is by all concerned (including plenty of cameos) right on point. The action sequences are exciting and even the soundtrack will bring a smile. There is never a dull moment and unlike some kiddie flicks it doesn’t feel too long at all.
Not since I first saw Toy Story have I been so impressed by an animated children’s film. I cannot recommend it highly enough. In fact, even if you haven’t got grandkids see it anyway.
Rating 5 out of 5 stars.