Emmet Brickowoski (Chris Pratt) is an ordinary Lego Minifigure; he follows the instructions and is happy in his ordered world until he meets the mysterious Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and is mistaken for a Lego MasterBuilder. Emmet finds himself on a mission to save the universe from the evil President Business (Will Ferrell), with the help of Batman (Will Arnett), Benny (Charlie Day) and the wise MiniFig Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman).
Just when you think you have had enough of movies based on games and toys – Battleship and Transformers, I’m looking at you; Clue and Toy Story, take a seat – along come directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to save the day, and show that basing a movie on a series of toys does not always mean that the story has to be thin and dull.
The voice talent in The Lego Movie do a fantastic job with their characters; Chris Pratt makes Emmet an all round nice guy with some issues to work through, Will Ferrell obviously relishes playing a good, old fashioned villain, Liam Neeson is perfectly cast as Good Cop/Bad Cop and Will Arnett completely out does himself as the Lego version of Batman. The rest of the cast is made up of Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Jonah Hill, Nick Offerman… The list goes on. Each of the actors brings a little something special to their roles, making the ensemble nature of The Lego Movie fun and incredibly entertaining.
The script is rather simple yet rather clever, once the plot is finally revealed; the journey of discovery that Emmet goes on is the standard voyage of self discovery and finding something special within himself, but it definitely works in terms of the audience of the film. As well as this, the simple message; you don’t always have to follow the instructions and be like everyone else is a great one for kids, and a great starting place for playing with Lego. Lord and Miller fill the movie with jokes, one-liners and visual gags that recur throughout, and never cease to be funny. The film feels a little chaotic at times, which is often confusing as it is hard to keep track of who everyone is, and what they are doing, but this also works in its favour as the pace never really lets up and the game is definitely on.
Visually, The Lego Movie is stunning; the entire world of the movie is created from Lego pieces – from water to buildings and everything in between – and this detail serves to reinforce that this is a Lego movie, gives the film a tactile, real feeling and allows the plot twist to happen in a rather odd but charming manner. The hints are there, but try not to think about it too much; let it happen.
The Lego Movie is chaotic, silly and tons of fun. The voice cast have a great time with their characters, the world is wonderfully realised and the joke come thick and fast. Lord and Miller have done it again; even the seemingly odd twist works for the movie and there is plenty here for kids and adults alike.