Imagination is the most powerful thing a mind can possess. Ever wonder what would happen if you as a child played with your toys, and then as you grew into an adult you kept those toys on display and away from your children, only to have those children manage to play your collection? The answer may be best left to your kid’s wild imagination, and this thought forms the basis of what could happen in LEGO: The Movie.
The story opens with Lord Business (Will Farrell) battling it out with a character named Vitruvius (voiced by Morgan Freeman) in order to gain possession of kragle. After the battle end, Vitruvius states that there will be someone who will come along and find “the last piece” and thus bring to an end Lord Business’ reign. The movie then introduces as to Emmet (Chris Pratt), an everyman who follows every rule and works as a construction worker for a company called Octan. It is this company that ends up allowing Lord Business to become the president of the Lego World. Emmet then encounters a mysterious girl, who later turns out to be a member of the resistance, named Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), at the construction site. After a humorous sequence Emmet falls down and ends up finding the piece that was mentioned in the prophecy. Why is the piece so important? Can he and Wyldstyle (and no, she is not a DJ) stop President Business’ plan?
The movie is quite good and easy to interpret, which is a good thing as the movie’s main target audience are kids. There’s a lot of surprise cameos, including DC heroes such as The Flash, Green Lantern (Jonah Hill), Superman (Channing Tatum), Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders), and Batman (Will Arnett), who make his entrance early and appears throughout the movie. There are also other iconic cameos such as Gandalf from Lord of the Ring trilogy (Todd Hansen), Dumbledore (from the Harry Potter books), and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Also for nostalgic purposes, a retro astronaut makes an appearance and joins Emmet along with Metal Beard (Nick Offerman) , the new Lego specially made for this movie. If I have to pick which character interested me the most, I have to say its the bad cop played by Liam Neeson. Although it was meant to be one of the antagonists, his hilarious action when his plan failed is what tickled me the most. There’s also Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius. The stop motion technique done in the movie works perfectly in order to conceal the CGI used in the movie. It’s likely that the audiences will never notice the computer animated scenes as they are blended in well.
The end has a surprisingly emotional weight to it, reminding adults of what it means to have a child, especially when they have children of their own. This movie is perfect for children of all ages and Lego collectors alike. The movie may have a simple title, but it will make you think for a while once you leave the cinema.
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