“The LEGO Movie” is a surprisingly thoughtful film that starts out with usual slapstick elements, then its readily sold-out bearing turns 180 degrees halfway through the story. Hilariously poignant and creative as it is, this film by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller pays tribute to the spirit of free play and individuality through its inspired script, smart consumer satire gags, whiz-bang animation, and whimsical nostalgia. Though not everything about it is purely awesome, you’ll still leave the cinema with a smile. This piece of animated filmmaking is built to last.
The story showcases unbridled imagination and joyful irreverence through the eyes of the perfectly average character named Emmet. This rules-following worker gets mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person, the chosen one to save the world from the evil tyrant President Business. He finds himself drafted into a fellowship of heroes who is currently an inevitably epic quest to stop their world’s demise.
This spirited romp is every bit imaginative in its plastic inspiration. It may be conceptualized as one giant advertisement for capitalist intentions, but it actually turns out as a cash grab with a heart. More than just becoming a pioneering full-length theatrical treat featuring LEGO characters, it packs its glorified product with story layers that attest to how it has become an essential and magical part of the creative growth of many generations of kids and adults alike. Entertaining as it is, it examines the different facets of social conformity, collectivism, the business of imagination and how creativity resides inside each and every person — using a world that looks distinctively familiar, yet freshly inventive.
This toy tale seems like a playtime project for the people behind it. It has its hand on playfulness with a clever concept and a bit manic execution. In making good use of decades of pop-culture references, it offers a furious kind of fun in spreading out the sheer chaos of brick pieces across the screen.
Done with wit, warmth, and respect with its countless of energetic LEGOland vistas, its titular interlocking blocks deliver a thoughtful and moving treatise to the power of building and innovation. It ironically promotes the magic of uninhibited creativity within the bounds of commercial cinematic choices. It promotes the idea of deconstruction by becoming an affecting, empowering, and transcendent commentary on the conformity of society and its lack of creativity.
Inspired by improvisation, this earnest piece of stop-motion and CGI work proves how people can work within the boundaries of the familiar or within a system bound by rules, yet craft something exceptional from it. Moreover, its joyous hodgepodge of brick system fever dream becomes an ode to human connections, while also touching on some theological wonders.
The film’s titular product is clearly front and center with both the thematic and technical aspects of the production. The gleeful presentation captures the nostalgic appeal of those little plastic bricks to add up to the big fun. Mounted with loving attention to detail, the brilliant spirit of this animated offering features a massive collision of subversive humor, hyperkinetic energy, brisk colors, and free-flowing mythological resonances to likably familiar figures.
Chris Pratt as Emmett, Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle/Lucy, Will Ferrell as President Business, along with the rest of the performers, suitably add to the wicked sense of humor and flight of fancy of the material.
This quick-witted adventure’s mostly fast and silly comedy works in a machine-gun fashion. It appeals to a very wide range of audiences, though it serves the more matured viewers better. Fast-paced and deranged in its own delightful way, the story provides enough clever throwaway jokes for those out to watch a movie for parental duties sake.
The narrative pretty much does everything expected for a mainstream flick, yet it also does a great deal of what not to expect for such a blockbuster project. The way it brings out that childish creativity through its unexpected twist and turns suddenly lead to something deeper and more meaningful. From its storm of commercial flair, it surprisingly subverts its initial cliches to take a less traveled path. In so doing, it transforms into an oddly profound piece that shines with its touching conclusion.