Kyle J. Steenblik

The Lego Movie builds an awesomely entertaining brick universe.

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Lego MovieThe creative minds behind The Lego Movie built such a creative an entertaining universe I am already itching for more awesome.  What’s more awesome is both of my kids are in the exact same boat.  It’s impossible to tell walking out of that theatre if the adults or the children enjoyed the film more.  Although I will say, the adults definitely got much more out of this awesome film, and understood the awesomely crafted humor.  You could say everything about this movie is awesome, and you would not be very far off the mark.

This film, written and directed by relative newcomers Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller, displays some remarkably smart writing, and excellent directing choices.  It takes a good director to pull a performance out of Will Ferrell that is toned down enough to be enjoyable for an entire feature length film.  They seemed to approach making this film in the same way kids approach playing with Legos, with unbridled creativity.  The result is a film that is a remarkable amount of fun that doubles as the most brilliant marketing film of all time.  Make no mistake, if you allow your children to watch this, you will be on the hook to purchase an ungodly amount of Lego bricks.  That is quite possibly the only negative comment I can make about this film without entering into overly-pretentious cynical critic territory.

The Lego Movie is about Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary, instruction-following, construction worker who accidentally finds The Piece of Resistance, the only thing that can stop the ultimate weapon, the Kragle.  Legend tells of one who will find this piece, they will become the Special (the greatest Master Builder) and the key to saving the world.  With the help of his new friends, the wizard Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett), Uni-Kitty (Alison Brie), Benny the retro spaceman (Charlie Day), and a pirate named Metalbeard (Nick Offerman), Emmet must become The Special and stop the evil tyrant Lord Business (Will Ferrell ), and his loyal minion Good Cop/Bad Cop (Liam Neeson), from gluing the universe together.  To do this, he must learn to become the Master Builder he is destined to become.

This film is packed with clever pop-culture references used as both tongue-in-cheek humor, and as inventive plot devices.  Nearly the entire Lego universe was included, in some way.  The childhood memories that surfaced were more abundant than I could count, not that I was attempting to count, I was far too engrossed.  The story presented is far more engaging that I’ve made it sound here.  I can’t possibly give enough credit to the team of storywriters, and screenwriters involved.  Usually when you see more than three names under the writing credits the results are usually a convoluted mess.  Here the contributions were molded together seamlessly.  I sincerely hope this is evidence of a new era in children’s entertainment, which is not condescending to the miniature audience, and the story is not played to the least common denominator.  Children deserve well-crafted and smart movies, peppered with social commentary and conscience.

Only the bitterest curmudgeon would not enjoy almost every moment of this film, including the heartwarming finale.  The Lego Movie gets 9 out of 10 awesomes from me.

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