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“The Lego Movie” – Early Review (POSITIVE)

February 1, 2014

Screen shot 2014-02-01 at 4.01.20 PMA movie about Lego’s. Lets process this for a moment, sure we’ve seen films about G.I. Joe’s and Transformers, Hollywood came very close to a Stretch Armstrong movie. It seems like new ideas are being scraped at the bottom of the barrel. So, I ask, why does Phil Lord & Chris Miller’s Lego movie work so gosh darn well?

Let’s begin with the plot; Emmett (Chris Pratt) is a regular guy, living in a perfect world. One could say it’s an awesome world, ‘everything is awesome’ in Emmett’s perfect little world. However, an evil tycoon named Lord Business (Will Ferrell) wants perfection to be the ultimate standard, as he plans to release a weapon hell-bent on freezing everything in a perfect way forever, a weapon known as ‘the Kragle’!

Emmett has been chosen, based on a prophecy that will save the entire universe, Emmett is master builder, who holds the power to create the most original structures of all time…problem is, Emmett doesn’t have a single thought in his empty head.

Lord & Miller knew what they were getting in for when they conceptualized the idea for “The Lego Movie”. What they didn’t want is for anyone else to see what they saw, until it’s initial release. Instead, we’re given a pre-conceived notion that the movie will simply be a toy show with groovy special effects. What we get instead is a satire that far exceeds many animated kids films.

We’re given themes about corporate take over, the exploitation of commercialism; including subliminal messaging in product placement and TV shows. This perfect little world Emmett lives in is practically an allusion, or better yet a massive delusion of grandeur.

When I was watching this film, the first thing to pop in my head was “John Carpenter’s They Live”there’s a similar comparison between both films message about commercialism, how it’s running your life and not giving you the freedom to think an original thought. However, “The Lego Movie” does [masterfully] collide on itself, once the big twist is revealed. I won’t give it away, but once the reveal and its revelation unfold, it changes everything.

Screen shot 2014-02-01 at 4.01.31 PMI could go on and discuss how I loved the stop-motion style 3D animation, or the fact that it has one of the best voice casts in an animated film ever [Pratt FTW], but in all seriousness, this was a movie I liked because surprisingly enough I wasn’t expecting to like it this much. I was completely taken back by the ingenious screenplay, with it’s witty premise, and clever gags [Star Wars fans get ready].

I’m not ashamed to say it, but “The Lego Movie” is already one of my favorite movies of the year. This was definitely a movie that could’ve seriously been fucked up, big time, but Phil Lord & Chris Miller continue to prove that satire is their bread and butter; look at “21 Jump Street” or “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”. The continue to prove that there’s something fresh out there in an idea nobody was really asking for, and for that I give them a major pat on the back.

3D GRADE: B

MOVIE GRADE: A 

FINAL GRADE: A-

Special thanks to Yanira Torres for attending the screening and sharing her input

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