Starring: Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman
Directed by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Written By: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 40 min
After I saw the first trailer for The Lego Movie, I quietly hoped the full length film would move at the same frantic hilarious pace. I’m happy to report on this rare occasion the trailer didn’t lie! At times it felt like my head was being forcibly buried in Lego while my mind tried to assemble a movie going experience out of the barrage of colors, sounds and rapid motion. It somehow strangely all works though, and I think it’s going to need several viewings before every brick of this bizarrely wonderful film is fully discovered.
Lego pieces fly at the speed of a child’s imagination and at times for this older viewer, it was a little hard to follow. But its central message of free play and unbound creative imagination come through loud and clear. I also think the execs at Lego are freaking super evil genius villains! Putting the right film making team together to build an anti-conformist movie about fighting for creative freedom. While also implanting the idea that I should head out and buy some Lego sets! I’ll likely find a large crowd of people in the Lego aisle too, and all of us will be humming the movie’s theme song ‘Everything is Awesome!’ Like good citizens of Legoland should.
This has plenty of humor for kids of all ages. The theater I was in was packed with families and I heard everyone laughing. The best approach I can suggest is to just not try to follow every single point of action in the film. Keep your eyes on the main characters, and follow the story as best you can. Your brain will start to put it all together in the hours after you’ve left the theater.
This is packed with lots of frantic colorful motion, and tons of gags, big and small. A cheaper crowded matinée screening with your kids will be a lot of fun. I say cheaper because you’re going to need some extra cash to buy more Lego the next day! At home, a HD copy for your collection is recommended as you’ll likely need to watch this again.
The Batman voiced by Will Arnett. Lego Batman is cool! I also liked Benny (a.k.a 1980-Something space guy) – when he finally gets to build a spaceship – Hilarious! 🙂