27 February 2014

The Lego Movie

Before we go any further, let's just clear something up - Everything is Awesome in Lego Town! And trust me, you'll be singing the oh so catchy song for weeks to come. 

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, have taken on the challenge of giving the popular toys of Lego a voice in the highly anticipated The Lego Movie. These guys, plus a team of highly skilled animators and special effects buffs provide us with something quite special when it comes to animation. With a combination of stop-motion and computer generated animation, it translates on screen how much time and effort went into making this a Lego spectacle. It is safe to say that they have thought about absolutely everything and how an entire world would appear and move made out of little Lego bricks. 

Leading this animated journey is ordinary (yet made of yellow plastic) builder Emmet (Chris Pratt), who finds himself in the awkward position of being placed as the man who is destined to save the world from the evil President Business (Will Ferrell). Yet all he is, is an average workman who certainly is not save-the-day material (sorry Chris Pratt!). To help him along the way we have the likes of a Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and not forgetting the quirky love interest, Wyldstyle/Lucy voiced by Elizabeth Banks. The main thing to point out here is that this is not just a children's film for the half term, the utterly genius script writing will give adults every excuse to sit through it. This is a clever, satirical and very DC comic-ee film. The banter between Green Lantern and Superman is a very nice touch (a definite plus for fans) and gets even better when you realise the two are voiced by 21 Jump Streets stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum - and I get you can guess who plays who. 

The Lego Movie will certainly make the whole family laugh but at the heart of this film is a much deeper message. If you haven't already, grab yourself a ticket to see Emmet embark on his journey, tackling epic floods, robot Lego's and all with a crazy wizard, Vitruvius fabulously voiced by Morgan Freeman at his side. 

Don't forget that everything is awesome - until Unikitty gets angry. Never, ever get Unikitty angry!

Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
100 mins, PG (2014) 

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