The Lego Movie (Film Review)

Feb 4, 2014
'The Lego Movie' was truly a magical experience. From the opening shot until the last frame made me remember those days I build random figures out of plain Lego blocks. Considering almost everything in the movie, from the characters and the enormous backgrounds, you can almost see that the people behind it worked so hard constructing every single prop and character. But beyond its amazing set and impressive layouts, that'll not stop us from questioning: Will it satisfy everyone?

The movie's central character Emmet (voiced by the talented Chris Pratt), a follow-the-rules everyman in a LEGO city, has been mistakenly identified as the "Master Builder" because of a piece of resistance attached over him. He then, joined a fellowship of builders that includes: Vitruvius, Wyldstyle, Batman, Benny, Uni-Kitty and Metalbeard. Together, they must stop Lord Business from putting Lego land from disaster.

The plot is simple, and it's been rehashed a thousand times already. But what made this film stand out of the same brand is its undeniably amazing humor from "21 Jump Street's" Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. An effective cameo towards the middle of the film involving a "hyperdrive" got me laughing so hard. The timing of the film's humor was fascinating. A lot of Lego throwbacks here and there, it will definitely please every fan of the product. 
The voice cast was perfect. Chris Pratt, whom we'll be seeing later this year as Star-Lord in "Guardians of the Galaxy", was incredible from start to finish. Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett and the funny Charlie Day did a good job providing the voices of their respective characters. But the film's best part is Will Ferrell itself. He steals every scene "he" and his character appeared on screen. Liam Neeson was also a delight, giving a lot of joy to the film. 

The only problem I can give is lack of character development, mostly on its side characters. And expecting a lot to Channing Tatum voicing as Superman, but ended up disappointed with him showing up in just a few scenes. 

It's a movie that doesn't come out that often, and 'The Lego Movie' "builds" something we can always "connect" to with its message. Simply, everything about it is awesome!

The geek rates it 4/5!

'The Lego Movie' opens this Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 in 3D and 2D theaters nationwide from Warner Bros. Pictures!!

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