The LEGO Movie (2014)
Critic Consensus: Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story, The Lego Movie is colorful fun for all ages.
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as President Business
as Spaceman Benny
as Bad Cop/Good Cop
as Green Lantern
as Han Solo
as Abraham Lincoln
as Foreman Jim
as Lord Business' Assistant
as Larry the Barista
as TV Presenter
as Surfer Dave
as Robot Foreman
as Wonder Woman
as Gail/Ma Cop
as Octan Robot
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Critic Reviews for The LEGO Movie
The movie is a wonderful surprise, cleverly written and executed brick by brick with a visual panache.
Lord and Miller's sensibilities are continually clever, and The Lego Movie works hard to gradually deliver surprising payoffs to what seem to be throwaway bits.
The Lego Movie has enough wit and wisdom to send a recession-age message to families on the importance of thinking through problems with creativity.
State-of-the-art software has been used to make the characters look like actual plastic figurines brought to life through the magic of stop-motion animation. In other words, this is a digital movie with an analogue soul.
With all this going for the film, you can understand why Lego should be so pleased with it and why it's already had such world box-office success. But its relentless action and pounding soundtrack sent me out feeling battered rather than uplifted.
Audience Reviews for The LEGO Movie
I had no idea what to expect going into this film, but wherever my expectations were they were definitely exceeded. The story has great morals and themes and makes a lot of great references. Like Legos themselves, anyone ages 4+ will enjoy this movie. The humor and story is for everyone. The cast is terrific, the animation is impressive and the writing is very clever. This is one of the best, if not the best, "kids" movies I have ever seen.
Well when I first heard about this a long time ago I pretty much assumed it would be a shameless cash grab with a rehashed plot trying to copy any number of big hit animated movies. Looks like I got bitch slapped pretty hard here! Holy stickle bricks Batman! even the opening logos before the film are made out of Lego...CGI Lego. Yes everything in this film is made out of Lego, [b]everything![/b], explosions, water, steam, soap suds, rocks, clouds etc...this is most definitely a world of Lego. Within this world everybody is happy and lives in harmony doing what they do for the good of the Lego community, that is until 'Lord Business' rears his ugly head and threatens everything with his evil secret weapon of mass destruction. Well sticky destruction...right up until the plot reveal towards the end I didn't really get why the bad guy wanted to encase everyone in glue. The plot is basically your everyday action flick hocus pocus about a chosen one who will lead the rebels to victory against an evil force. Now you may think that sounds boring and indeed it is, difference here is the plot is mocked and spoofed hard, it uses all the regular action cliches in the book and basically rips on them to its hearts content. For this to work as well as it does many many different types of characters from various genres and franchises are used to enhance the lunacy. Of course being a film about Lego you can do virtually anything you want using any form shape or character for maximum results...this cleverly feeds into the plot twist premise too. I won't lie, for me this was all about seeing the huge range of Lego's from all the generations stuck together and I wasn't disappointed. In this crazy ass world there are different regions...medieval, pirate, space, wild west, civvy etc...so this naturally allows plenty of retro visuals much to my joy. I absolutely loved seeing all the individual Lego themes and figures popping up, the best of these must be '1980-something space guy'. I loved how this guys chest logo was faded, how he was hyper about building retro spaceships with retro Lego and how he even had the little crack on his helmet which did used to happen with those spacemen helmets...detail much!!! awesome!!! The only downside to this was the fact we didn't see enough of these lands, alas I really wanted to see more medieval involvement. As for the other characters well its a mega Easter egg hunt if you ask me. Aside from regular characters Batman, our plucky hero Emmet, not too sure what the hell 'Uni-Kitty' was suppose to be exactly but I did like her Manga-esque facial design, and 'Good cop/bad cop', there were loads of blink and you'll miss em guys. Talk about a Justice League flick oh my, some great camaraderie between Supes and The Green Lantern who is hilariously voiced by Jonah Hill (I like that guy). Also look out for Wonder Woman and a quick appearance of The Flash (quick..get it? hehehehe). We also see Gandalf, Dumbledore, Robin Hood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Mikey, Shaq O'Neal, Gillman (swamp creature) and how about THAT short Star Wars sequence huh!!! didn't see that coming and it was ace! top banana! Actual voice work by Billy Dee and Anthony Daniels, shame no Ford though, still...I think I got a little sexually excited. So all the franchise characters and retro Lego figures was enough fun for me but how about everything else? Well the visuals are amazing, talk about a 100% beautifully realised dreamlike fantasy world with so much colour and imagination bursting from the screen. The detail is incredible, everything is built from Lego so you can imagine how much small detail there must be, every little block, every little plastic piece you remember from your childhood, its all here in one form or another. Even all those odd bits which looked weird that you would have left over, every single Lego piece ever made is used here and you can see it...even the sharks. Next to that you then have the stunningly simple looking animation which blends CGI (can't escape that) and stop motion...or so it seems. Its like watching an episode of South Park in Lego form, you know, all that jerky movement that looks cheap and tacky but at the same time kinda cool. Some of the sequences though are mind blowing, an animated ocean of Lego and Bayplosions in Lego (not far from reality there). The plot is also really fresh and takes a turn you don't quite expect towards the end. Not sure I completely agreed with going down that specific route as it did kinda take me out of the moment, risky decision. But its purpose is the moral of the story, a lovely message that imagination and freedom to express yourself is important, be creative, don't box up your ideas and thoughts, run with them. This is why the plot is so wildly exhausting, explosively manic and never seems to stay on one course for very long. Always going off on a spontaneously surreal fantasy tangent just like a young persons imagination. The only thing I would say overall is I didn't quite find it as funny as I expected. I know its essentially a kids movie but its also in the realms of 'Toy Story' where adults have their own touches to enjoy. I loved how the Lego people live their lives by those little instruction manuals we all know and love. To be brutally honest some of the humour tended to miss more than hit in my opinion. If it wasn't for Batman (always upside down) and Emmet the film may not have won me over as easily. The film is top heavy with pop culture references as you will probably have guessed by now but that is by no means an issue. It never feels like an ad campaign for anything or anyone. One thing is for damn sure, even though the film has proved it wasn't a lazy cash grab (but still a very big promotion), Lego sales will definitely be going through the roof from this point on. I can see myself needing a '1980-something space guy' figure...and maybe a 'Metal beard'.
Looking back on 2014's The Lego Movie, it's hard to imagine a time that a Lego film wasn't great, but before its initial release, eyes were rolling as if Warner Bros. had completely run out of ideas. While that may be true for the most part, having most of their lineup be superhero films or Harry Potter spinoffs, there is no question that The Lego Movie was better than anyone could've ever predicted. From jokes to an emotional impact, this film was complete gold. After three years time of letting the film settle and evaporate from the hype, I have revisited it many times, and it's just as good as ever. Here is what makes The Lego Movie so great. There were multiple stages to what made this film great in the end. Surprises around every turn is what kept the audience engaged, the hilarious non-stop gags are what had fans raving, and the animation was incredibly addictive to watch. Following Emmet, an average, generic, ordinary, everyday construction worker, he is quickly launched into a global journey after coming across a brick known as the piece of resistance. Meeting characters like Wyldstyle, Batman, Unikitty, Benny, and many other pop culture figures along the way, this film is an all-out gag fest. Who the villain is truly revealed to be, however, is the real heart of the story, which makes this film much more than what it advertises itself to be on its surface. From beginning to end, this film exists to warm you heart, but especially make you laugh, and there is never a dull moment. Throughout each and every new location that is visited throughout this film, a new and likeable character is found, eventually joining their group. Now, kids films usually do have a lot of characters and endless amounts of humour, but making fun of other films and being able to deliver pun after pun and actually have them be hilarious every time, is a very impressive feat. Sure, the jokes and the big reveal at the end is what this film will be remembered most for, but these characters are quite fun themselves, to say the least. My biggest complaint about The Lego Movie, even after forgiving it, is the fact at Warner Bros. only have the rights to DC characters and not Marvel characters. Every brand seems to be represented in some capacity here, except for not a single appearance from a Marvel character. This being due to the fact that Sony, Marvel themselves, Universal, and Fox all own the rights to specific characters. Going forward, this leaves little to no chance of ever seeing the true onslaught of Lego characters. Having said that, they do what they can and make the DC characters some of the most likeable portions of the film. In the end, you can't complain about the film itself, but the overall reasoning behind certain things. Ever since their directing debut in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, then impressively rebooting 21 Jump Street, they clearly had a knack for what they loved doing. The Lego Movie became yet another near-perfect addition to their filmography and I can't wait to see what they conjure up for the untitled Han Solo film. In the end, The Lego Movie does get tiresome from how many jokes it throws at you and the onslaught of characters feels unfinished, but those are so infinitesimally small, that this film almost earns a perfect score from me. The Lego Movie is one of the most impressive animated films in quite some time. If for some reason you haven't checked it out, it's hard to say that you won't at least laugh a few times if you don't find yourself loving it as a whole. This film is fantastic!
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