The Phil Lord-Christopher Miller tandem strikes again. They did Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the 21 Jump Street movie and now, The Lego Movie. In person, the guys look more like college film students having too much on their projects, rather than Hollywood directors blessed with attractive budgets.
My first Lego bricks were handed down to me by my older cousins before they migrated to the US in 1979. In the days leading up to their departure, we made buildings and vehicles that we pushed on the floor to smash against each other. We made a game out of it: if your vehicle broke, you lost.
Flash forward to today where Lego is all over my 12-year-old’s room.
Bricks are stored in plastic boxes, while creations and mini-figures cover up precious surface space.
Lego is both structure and imagination; it is reality and daydreams. It requires no electricity and has been a part of many a childhood for the last 56 years. YouTube is awash with homemade Lego movies, and now it’s time for one fit for the big screen.
The Lego Movie is for everyone who made worlds and breathed life into their mini-figures, for those who love these building blocks and love their pop culture.
Emmet (voiced by Park and Recreation’s Chris Pratt) starts out as just an ordinary “mini-figure” but like many unlikely and reluctant heroes of great quests, he is thrust into a scenario where he becomes essential to saving the world. His world is set up for destruction by President Business (Will Farrell), who gets his hand on a formidable weapon.
Along the way, Emmet teams up with Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and meets the wise Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman). They also get Batman (Will Arnett), Superman (Channing Tatum), Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders) and the group’s outcast, Green Lantern (Jonah Hill) in on their plans to thwart President Business’ scheme. Not to mention, Shaquille O’ Neal, Gandalf, Dumbledore and Abraham Lincoln, a pirate and a “unikitty” are involved too. Liam Neeson does an amazing turn as President Business’ enforcer known as “Good Cop / Bad Cop.” With that, The Lego Movie has just not scored a casting coup, it has also gotten a jump start on the Superman-Batman movie and any Justice League movie.
The movie has lots of in jokes and makes you fall in love all over again with these multicolored bricks and tiny pieces and everything they could do. The Lego Movie is funny, terribly cute and will make you want to open a box of bricks and build something. And watch out for surprise Lego guests from several other franchises.