Review: The Lego Movie (2014, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller)

lego-movieRATING: 8.5/10

Director: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Cast: Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Will Farrell, Craig Berry, Allison Brie, Will Forte, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson
Screenplay: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

Directing and writing duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller can’t really go wrong for this kind of project. We know they are comic geniuses (the success of their film “21 Jump Street” and its sequel can stand proof to that) but it’s also evident that they do their films with a lot of heart (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”). “The Lego Movie” tops the list as their best work. The film is one of the most heartfelt films of the year so far, with a delicious aesthetic and a truly wonderful message for kids and grownups a like.

The film focuses on the character Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt), who is believed to be the “Special” (a genius master builder and the hope for all humanity) but seems to be somewhat talentless due to the conformity of the world that President Business (Will Farrell) has built for the LEGO people. Surrounded by other great master builders, including the beautiful and tough Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and the-somewhat-of-a-prophet Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), Emmett and his friends go on an adventure to stop President Business and his evil plans.

As typical as it seems for a children’s film, the movie can totally be enjoyed by all generations across the board. The film isn’t only visually appealing, nostalgic and too witty for its own good, but the general message of being special and believing that you can be special is really what makes the film important for this cinematic year. Though the voice acting was top notch (we didn’t get the typical big stars, but actors who actually did well with voice work – mostly comedians, really), but you can feel that Lord and Miller put true passion and thought into their storyline.

The screenplay that they have written is blessed with a lot of small moments to match the film’s action packed scenes. From small flairs of comedy through dialogue, we are also treated to hilarious big comic moments. Also, the film becomes more human (the message of it, at least) then many of the films released this year. It gives you a sense of your childhood and your spirit of adventure, but never truly forgets that the film is made to be one thing: fun. “The Lego Movie” is definitely one of those films you can’t leave 2014 without seeing. See it for the child in you! See it for the creator in you! See it for the “special” in you. There is greatest in this film, and that surpasses any expectations I initially had for it.

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