The Lego Movie
The Lego Movie is the first full-length Lego adventure from Warner Bros, and with a rumoured sequel already in the pipeline, it would seem they are hopeful for its success. In bold 3D The Lego Movie is of course animated but every effort has been made to ensure that every character’s move is entirely true to form. Even down to the gain and texture of the bricks, the animation is immaculately accurate and clearly created with love and admiration for the legendary toy.
The story follows Emmet (Chris Pratt), an average, ordinary Lego minifigure who never lives his life outside the set of instructions that rule his race. He is mistaken as the key to a prophecy that will save the universe from the evil plotting of Lord Business (Will Ferrell).
Morgan Freeman voices the unsurprisingly god-like wizard Vitruvius who trains Emmet to abandon his rulebook ways and learn to think for himself. The characters hurtle off on a rip-roaring journey in which they encounter pirates, cowboys and some well-known characters including a star turn from Arrested Development star Will Arnett.
It is the kind of film that works well in 3D – it doesn’t feel gratuitous and manages to keep an organic feeling of stop-motion filming despite the complex animation. The attention to detail makes The Lego Movie all the more interesting and enjoyable for an adult audience, and the film boasts some gentle social satire and pokes fun at the impracticalities of working with the cup-handed, swivel-headed figures.
This film has all the ingredients for a family favourite; riotous laughs for the kids, subtle nods towards more sophisticated humour for the adults and a fast-moving plot that races through Matrix-style alternate worlds.
Aside from a surprising last quarter, it is a relatively simple film that will undoubtedly delight children and remains just about rewarding enough for an adult audience.
The Lego Movie is released nationwide on 14th February 2014.
Watch the trailer for The Lego Movie here: