Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Writers: Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman Runtime: 100 min
LEGO was a part of everyone’s childhood. From the creative times of building odd-looking structures to the more challenging and complicated LEGO structures that required three booklets of instructions, it was all fun. Countless hours were spent building creativity and dreaming up what could be built with those little blocks of all sizes. And, although most LEGO is recommended for people up to age fifteen, anyone can enjoy a good time building LEGO. The LEGO Movie is a great family movie for people of all ages. Riddled with witty punch lines, sarcastic comments, and a deeper story about finding creativity and each individual’s uniqueness, this is a must see animated film.
The movie tells the a story of an ordinary LEGO construction worker, Emmett (Chris Pratt), who follows instructions to live his life day in and day out. There is nothing that makes Emmett special, yet he finds joy in having his decisions mapped out for him. However, one day he accidentally is mistaken as “The Special,” the ultimate MasterBuilder who is recruited by others to help stop the evil LEGO tyrant Lord Business (Will Farrel) from gluing the LEGO universe together, frozen in perfection. Emmett is recruited by Wyldestyle (Elizabeth Banks) and Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman). Soon it becomes apparent that Emmett has nothing special to offer the MasterBuilders and when the Bad Cop (Liam Neeson) infiltrates the MasterBuilders’ hideout, it is up to Emmett and Wyldestyle to come up with a plan to save the MasterBuilders and the rest of the LEGO universe. The LEGO Movie is filled with laughter, excitement, adventure, and, most of all, self-discovery.
The LEGO Movie includes cameo appearances from the likes of Superman, Wonder Woman, Robin Hood, and even Shaquille O’Neil. The movie is not just about fun and games; there is a deeper message of how our creativity becomes less apparent as we get into the routine and serious life of adulthood. That spark of creativity and imagination is lost, and the movie speaks to how a man finds his inner imagination and creativity again.
The screenplay of this film was much stronger than expected. I wasn’t too sure about how a movie about LEGO was going to come about, but Dan and Kevin Hageman used their creative minds to put together a film to inspire and for the entire family to enjoy. This epic adventure story is one that weaves the different worlds of LEGO together and is a micro-representation of the world or lives we lead. Genius in script, there is even a twist to the storyline that can only be appreciated when viewing the movie. A must watch family movie, you will surely be inspired to build a couple pieces of LEGO art after watching.