Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


March 20, 2014

Lego movie builds fun through characters, cast

Ryan here. With Andy under-the-weather, I’ll be taking a solo look at The Lego Movie (PG).

Although it’s been out for six weeks, the movie has been a mainstay at the box-office and has become the most successful film of the spring movie season. In the animated tale, an extraordinary ordinary worker (Emmet) is thought to be the “master-builder” needed to save the universe from the tyrant Lord President Business. The movie boasts the voice talents of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Alison Brie and Will Ferrell.

By all accounts, The Lego Movie should have been a complete disaster of a film. Save for Transformers, properties based on toys have a very spotty record at the box-office. I know the Lego brand is successful, but to adapt the allure of Legos into a major motion picture is a daunting task. Fortunately, The Lego Movie is a highly enjoyable flick that will entertain both kids and adults. Honestly, if there’s one big fault with the film it’s that I believe at times the film caters too much to adults. (Which was fine for me, but maybe not for all the kids in the audience). Regardless, there’s plenty in the film that will entertain kids as well. The kinetic energy and pace of the film will keep kids engaged throughout.

The noteworthy aspect of The Lego Movie that makes it such a revelation of a film is its complete self-awareness. The movie knows its a preposterous film about toys being alive (of sorts). It plays on the audience’s knowledge of Legos, of putting together Legos and of enjoying Legos. The movie also borders on the satirical as it plays off the tropes of quest/adventure movies involving some unassuming person being the “chosen one.”

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