My opinion right after watching film
My opinion right after watching the film is that it is very good and entertaining. The animation is creative and beautiful, the pop culture references are not TOO dated, the characters are likable, and it has a strong story. One issue that I have to point out is that it is too fast paced, and we have no time to explain much, or to take a breather from the fast pace.
The film had been in development at Warner Brothers since 2008, it was greenlit in 2011 with the directors from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
So the story starts with the old wizard Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) battling it out with Lord Business (Will Ferrell), which causes the wizard to go blind. He warns Business that there is a prophecy of a “Special one” that will defeat him and Find the piece of Resistance to defeat the Kragle. 8 and a half years after that incident, we are introduced to our main character Emmett (Chris Pratt), who is a generic construction worker, and is extremely happy and by the book. At work, he ends up in a weird situation.
Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) is the girl that he saw at the site, and she comes to save him from Bad Cop (Liam Neeson), who is Business’ assistant. Emmett knows that Business wants to destroy the world with the Kragle. So she tells him that she saved him because he is The Special One, to a prophecy, meaning he is the most special, talented, and interesting lego in the world and will save them. During the ride, she realizes that he is not the special.
So they make it to Vitruvius, who tests him, and they realize that he has no creativity, and cannot build everything without a handbook. They end up getting tracked down by Bad, Cop, so they have to go to their team, and is rescued by Batman (Will Arnett), and go to their hideout.
So Emmett gives a speech to the Lego team about how he is not smart, strong, creative, and pretty much a blank slate, which only angers them more and causes them to attack him, and boo him out of there. Also, Bad Cop attacks the hideout to capture most of the Master Builder, and Batman (Wyldstyle’s boyfriend) has to save Emmett, who he thinks is a pathetic person.
They are all confused as to what to do, so Emmet instructs them to pretty much make a double decker couch, which no one thinks would be useful, but it does.
So they sneak into Business’s lair, and Wyldstyle tells him that she wanted to be the special, and that her name is Lucy. This is supposed to be a heart to heart conversation, but they have no chemistry whatsoever. So soon enough, they are all captured, and Business kills Virtruvious, but in his last words, he reveals that the prophecy is fake.
So I am gonna wrap this up in a nutshell. Emmett falls into a love action world with Ferrell and his son arguing about how they play legos, because the little boy has the construction worker is the hero, and Emmett realizes that this is his world. He somehow goes back in lego world, and talks to business about how special everyone is, and that is the end of it. Batman breaks up with Lucy because
having an affair with Wonder Woman she deserves someone like Emmett. In the live action world, Ferrell tells his son that his sister is going to play with the legos, which is a PERFECT opportunity for the sequel that is confirmed to be released in 2017.
The characters in the film are not memorable. They have their good moments, but I almost instantly forget about them and their names.
The animation in this film is very good. EVERYTHING in it are made of legos, and despite the bad pictures above, it is very colorful, bold, and detailed. They move like the toys we have, and the motion for something like thick, clunky legos are surprisingly and brilliantly fast.
The music is very similar to the music in Wreck-It Ralph, but nowhere near as good.
When the film was released on February 7th 2014, it opened at #1, and stayed there for 2 weeks. So far, it has made $183,160,000 in North America, and $51,200,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $234,360,000. I predict that it will make $400-500 million. It might struggle to make it to $500 million though.
It is praised like no other, with 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics and audiences like pretty much everything about it, and liking the nostalgia touch to it.
=29/40 = 73%
8 thoughts on “The Lego Movie Review”
73 is nuts for this film. It is so inventive and I laughed harder than in any comedy of recent years. It captures the randomness of kids play better than any film I think I’ve ever seen.
The live action twist had such heart. It made me cry. It made me think of the moments when children try to explain their world to adults and how tough that is. I loved the different worlds and thought it does what I wish Wreck It Ralph had done instead of spending all the time in Sugar Rush.
The voicecast was amazing. And it was just so funny. I don’t get a 73 at all.
My issue with this film was that the pacing was a bit too fast and the characters were not really memorable to me (the main character is encouraged to be fine with being generic). It definitely does have the humor and the funny randomness which does work to its advantage.
I think the characters were really what set me back from this film. The live action segments were interesting, and it was a good thing for them to be in many world rather than one like WIR.
The main character is not encouraged to be generic. That’s the whole point of the movie is him realizing his awesomeness. I guess it kept it hopping enough to not need tons of character development. Most of the characters we already know so you didnt really need to develop them and I think it develops the 4 unique characters enough to service the story. To take away 27 points for the characters seems nuts to me. Just my honest feedback