The children’s animated action comedy ‘The Lego Movie’ is released in the UK on Valentines day (14th February 2014).
Directed by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, the movies featured the voices of stars inclduing Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks and Craig Berry.
An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.
The nation’s movie critics including our very own Mark Boardman, who have uniformly crowned this 3-D toy story the brilliant hybrid offspring of Pixar’s best infused with “South Park’s” irreverent humor.
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Based on the ubiquitous lock-block toy and licensed with many of pop-culture’s most ubiquitous heroes, “The LEGO Movie” is a sly Trojan horse of a movie. “Using the building-block world of LEGO to parody the creeping conformity of our world, ‘The LEGO Movie’ proves even more biting than ‘WALL-E,’ because it has the sauciness to send up its own rise-of-a-hero story line,” writes EW’s Owen Gleiberman.
The LEGO Movie shows them how it’s done. With its foot firmly on the accelerator from the very start, it’s a fast, frenetic, quite bonkers piece of cinema, generating more guffaws – not just laughs – than any film we can remember in recent times. Packed to the gills with nerdy references, and with a plethora of surprises you don’t want the internet to spoil for you, it’s a concentrated blast of high energy entertainment.
Step forward then the real heroes of the piece: Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. If there are better directors of accessible, funny mainstream comedies currently working in Hollywood, then we’ve no idea who they are. Building on their work with Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, they’ve written and directed The LEGO Movie, and it’s some achievement. They employ the same effective, borderline brutal editing style they demonstrated in 21 Jump Street at times, but also find comedy in lots of different ways.
Furthermore, some of the visuals are such exquisite. One moment where you see the ocean in particular shows the imagination on offer here, and they’ve managed to marry up what makes LEGO so popular with the visuals required for a film extremely well.
Faults? Well, perhaps the pace falters occasionally, and because large parts of the film are so funny, you’re more conscious of the bits that aren’t. If you’ve got your pickiest pants on too, the core plot’s not that radical. But then if you take said pants off, the ending explains pretty much everything. Moral of the story: leave picky clothes at the door.
The LEGO Movie is a treat. It’s the nerdiest comedy we’ve seen in years, the funniest comedy we’ve seen in years, and one of the most brilliantly bizarre explosions of lots of disparate ingredients we’ve seen in… well, years. If cinema at its core is supposed to be an entertainment media, then the rest of 2014 is going to have to go some to come up with more fun than this.
Our verdict 4/5
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