Review: The LEGO Movie

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LEGO is more than just a construction toy for children. LEGO is also a series of video games and the basis of a number of theme parks. But one market which LEGO has failed to grasp is film and television.

Despite a number of attempts (mainly through the Bionicle series), LEGO has yet to gain success from the big screen. Nevertheless, this is all about to change with the release of the latest block-buster title, “The LEGO Movie”.

The film follows Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt), an ordinary construction worker with no special qualities. One day, he comes across Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) searching for the Piece of Resistance – a relic capable of stopping the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell) from spraying Kragle – a tube of Krazy Glue with letters rubbed off. It’s up to Emmet, the “Special” to return the relic to the Kragle, in order to overcome Lord Business.

While the plot isn’t overly in-depth or complex (this is a film targeted at a young audience after all), the strong personalities and emotion which make the movie incredibly enjoyable. The character development, especially in the case of Emmet, will keep viewers engaged for the film’s entirety and familiar figures from the LEGO universe, such as Batman and Dumbledore, are the subject of many of the laugh out loud moments.

As you would expect, humour is a key part of “The LEGO Movie”. Whereas children will love the slapstick nature of the film, adults will find humour in other areas of the film (such as the blink and you’ll miss it reference to failed play sets).

Despite being an animated film, Phil Lord and Chris Miller (the directors) paid tribute to the dedicated LEGO filmmakers with a stop-motion style animation. The design breaks all the traditional rules, but it’s a massive risk that pays off. Each scene genuinely feels as if it could be made out of LEGO.

However, what particularly stands out about the film is the star-studded cast. In addition to the big names already listed, Morgan Freeman, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and more also feature throughout. The range of familiar voices makes the film a lot easier to warm to and adds a sense of charm.

Furthermore, the original score (composed by Mark Mothersbaugh) is brilliantly done and brings the film to life. However, the highlight of the soundtrack is “Everything Is Awesome!!!” by Tegan and Sara ft. The Lonely Island. The song is not only humorous, but incredibly catchy. You have been warned.