The Lego Movie is simply exceptional. The thematic elements of the encapsulating storyline helmed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (the film’s two directors and screenplay writers) range from identity struggle and how everyone is “Special” in their own way to the true meaning of family and the indistinct lines of Good vs Evil.
The Lego Movie starts off with Emmet Joe Brickowski (Chris Pratt) who is a run-of-the-mill and rather conforming construction worker in a world where everyone conforms to the norm. Having found a “Piece of Resistance,” he soon finds out he is the “Special” and learns of the evil Lord Business’ (Will Ferrell) attempt to control the destructive superweapon “Kragle” (Krazy Glue with effaced writing) to dominate the lego universe and prevent anarchic creativity by builders. Everyone on the team who finds Emmet builds his ego up with the prophecy that a great wizard Vitruvius makes known. They then all set off on a journey that leads them to a variety of lively and hilarious characters including the legendary Batman (Will Arnett) who is portrayed as an egotistical and somewhat aloof superhero. Bad Cop (Liam Neeson) acts as the sub-protagonist and has a resplendent alter-persona where his head spins and he becomes ‘Good Cop,’ whose portions are genuinely written from a place of true talent and comedy. Soon after, Emmet discovers there is no prophecy of a ‘Special’ that can defeat Lord Business with unimaginable creativity and speed to build anything out of legos, and this leaves Emmet into a whole new world where the magic of self-identity and the discovery of being special really unfold.
The Lego Movie provides viewers a complete experience, from adults to children, there’s something here that everyone can directly relate to in this upbeat and hilarious comedy with incredible visuals in the animation department. The film also goes a step further and incorporates something at the end that is true-to-life and just heartwarming. The Lego Movie is a must-see for anyone looking to take their family to a wonderful film with a lot of heart and purpose.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars