While a lot of people were really excited for The Lego Movie, the preview was not appealing to me and the February time slot usually spells doom. However, it is very hard to not have a little hope because of the high profile voice cast and the fact that it is Legos!
With that being said, even if the critics decided to completely trash The Lego Movie, I would have done what I usually do (all critics think they are right, but I for one know that I am only right for myself, so I apologize if you don’t agree with me, you are right too), completely ignore them and think for myself.
From a critical perspective the story is nothing new. Chris Pratt (Her) voices Emmet (the chosen one) and becomes the unlikely hero of the story among superheros, like Batman (Will Arnett, Arrested Development), and of course a love interest named Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks, Catching Fire). With the guidance of Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman, Last Vegas), an obvious god figure, they work together to fight President Business’s (Will Ferrell, Anchorman 2) plans of taking away everyone’s ability to build freely from their imagination.
The small pretentious side of me really liked the film’s critique of society and how the mainstream aspects of media, government, etc. control what we do on a day to day basis. The fun side of me loved the animation and the plethora of cameos from some of my favorite movies.
However, the best part of the film was its connection with the real world and the relationship between a father and his son expressed through the animation of legoland. I assume you will see this movie soon because of the crazy box office returns and strong word-of-mouth, but please don’t let the fact that it is an animated movie dissuade you from going to see it.
By: Jonny Havey | Editor-in-Chief