So, have you heard of a movie that is being filmed and thought to yourself, “Are they serious?”, but then you actually see the movie and are like “Wow, I want to see it again.” Well that is exactly what happened to me regarding today’s movie. See when I first heard about the movie, I had no idea what this movie was about, though sometime later I did hear that it involved a kid trying to play with his dad’s Legos. Well, I was absolutely captivated by that information and couldn’t wait to hear more (note the sarcasm). Since I don’t have cable, I don’t see very many commercials so I never saw any for this movie, but I do have friends with small children. Those friends went to see the movie with their children and not a single one of them had anything bad to say about it. So, needless to say, I went to go see The Lego Movie and was a big fan of it because everything is awesome.
The plot: In the Lego universe, the evil Lord Business has entered the lair of the wizard Vituvius and, after blinding the wizard, steal the Kragle (a tube of Krazy glue with some of the letters rubbed off) , the most powerful weapon in the world. However, as he is leaving, Vitruvius tells Lord Business about the prophecy, that a person known as “The Special” will find the Piece of Resistance (the cap to the glue) and put an end to the Kragle. 8 1/2 years later, Emmet Brickowski, a completely average Lego figure, is finishing work at a construction site when he notices someone strange on the site. He is about to report it when he realizes the stranger is a girl, who runs off when she notices Emmet. Emmet tries to follow her but ends up falling into a deep hole, where he sees a strange red object. Hearing a voice saying to touch the piece, Emmet touches it, and experiences some strange visions before he passes out. When he wakes up, he finds himself in handcuffs, being interrogated by Bad Cop/Good Cop about the Piece of Resistance, which has become attached to Emmet’s back. During the course of the interrogation, Emmet learns that Lord Business plans to destroy the world with the Kragle, and also find out that nobody really cares about him. Bad Cop/Good Cop orders Emmet to be melted but before that happens, the strange girl breaks into the lab and rescues Emmet. Introducing herself as Wyldstyle, she proceeds to build a motorcycle out of pieces of the alleyway and drives off with Emmet, with Bad Cop/Good Cop and the rest of the police in pursuit. Wyldstyle tells Emmet that she believes he is the Special, but as the are about to enter a secret tunnel, she finds out that there is nothing special about Emmet. Arriving in the Wild West, Wyldestyle gets some disguises for her and Emmet, then proceeds to tell him about the Master Builders and their fight against Lord Business. At Lord Business’ office, Lord Business meets with Bad Cop/Good Cop and, upset with the fact that he let the Special get away, tests out the Kragle, using the TAKOS delivery system, on Bad Cop/Good Cop’s parents. Then, believing that the Good Cop persona is making him soft, Lord Business erases Good Cop’s face, leaving only Bad Cop, who is ordered to find the Piece of Resistance. Back in the Wild West, Emmet and Wyldstyle meet up with Vitruvius, who is disappointed to learn that Emmet is not a Master Builder, but when they enter Emmet’s mind and learn that he has seen “The Man Upstairs”, Vitruvius believes that Emmet has the potential to become a master builder. Bad Cop shows up, forcing Emmet and the others to run but when Bad Cop blows up the the train bridge, they are rescued by Batman and make their way to Cloud Cuckoo Land, where Unikitty takes them to see the council of Master Builders. After Vitruvius introduces him, Emmet gets ready to speak to the Master Builders, a robotic pirate called Metalbeard tells everyone what happened the last time they stormed Lord Business’ office tower and asks how Emmet can do better. Emmet tells them all that he is not a Master Builder, causing Metalbeard and several other Master Builders to leave when suddenly, Bad Cop and his forces arrive and begin attacking Cloud Cuckoo Land. Emmet, Wyldstyle, Vitruvius, Batman, Unikitty, and Benny (an 80’s spaceman) build a submarine and manage to escape, but the eclectic nature of the sub causes it to break apart underwater. Bad Cop takes all of the captured Master Builders to Lord Business’ tower, where they are placed in Lord Business’ Think Tank. Meanwhile, Emmet and the others survived by climbing into the double decker couch that Emmet built and, after they are picked up be Metalbeard, they all realize that Emmet might be able to help them after all. Emmet tells them that the best way to get into Lord Business’ tower is if they build a ship exactly like all the other ships. However, Batman points out that they are missing a hyperdrive and when the Millennium Falcon shows up, Batman leaves with Han and Lando, much to Wyldstyle’s surprise, but he returns soon with the Falcon’s hyperdrive. Building the ship, they manage to sneak into the tower and after splitting up, Emmet and Wyldstyle head towards the Kragle, where Wyldstyle tells Emmet that her real name is Lucy. They manage to get the shield disabled but they all wind up captured by Lord Business. Lord Business cuts off Vitruvius’ head, but before he dies, Vitruvius tells Emmet that he made the prophecy up. Lord Business has Emmet strapped to a battery then removes the Piece of Resistance from Emmet’s back and tosses it out the window. He then heads out to use the Kragle on Emmet’s home town, while setting the self destruct to blow up the tower. After getting encouragement from the ghost of Vitruvius, Emmet, still attached to the battery, tells Lucy that it is her turn to be the hero, then hops out of the window, causing the battery to become unplugged and saving the Master Builders. Lucy and the others break into the TV station and Lucy encourages all of the Lego characters from all of the worlds to rise up and fight against Lord Business. When the robot guards surround them, Bad Cop saves them, and they go out to join the fight. Meanwhile, Emmet finds himself in the human world, where he sees a kid, Finn, playing with the Lego figures, when he suddenly sees Emmet and picks him up. Suddenly, Finn’s father shows up and after talking to Finn about playing with his (the father’s) Legos, he begins to fix everything just as he had it. Emmet manages to get Finn’s attention, who gives Emmet the Piece of Resistance, and sends him back to the city. Returning to the city, Emmet discovers that he has become a Master Builder and builds a giant robot to save his friends and make his way to Lord Business’ office. Emmet confronts Lord Business and talks to him, just as Finn talks to his dad after his dad notices what Finn built. Finn’s father decides to let his son play with the Legos, resulting in Lord Business changing his mind. The citizens of the Lego world celebrate as Lord Business uses the antidote to the Kragle (mineral spirits) to free everyone that was Kragled. As Finn and his dad are playing, his dad says that Finn’s sister will be allowed to play down there as well, resulting in creatures from the planet Duplo arriving in the city and threatening to destroy them.
Almost every critic loved The Lego Movie, as shown by it’s 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus among the critics was, “Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story, The Lego Movie is colorful fun for all ages.” The movie would earn an Academy Award for Best Original Song, for “Everything Is Awesome”, as well as several other award nominations for the animation. The movie was a box office success, holding the # 1 spot for three weeks in a row and earning over $468 million worldwide. Due to the success of the movie, there was actually a shortage of Lego products by September of 2014.
This is hands down one of the most enjoyable movies I watched in 2014. The voice acting was incredible, especially Chris Pratt (Emmet), Elizabeth Banks (Lucy), Morgan Freeman (Vitruvius), Liam Neeson (Bad Cop/Good Cop), and Will Ferrell (Lord Business). Kudos to the casting for getting a kid that really does look like he could be Will Ferrell’s son to play Finn. The writing was really good, with a lot of jokes and gags throughout the movie. The animation was good and actually made things look like they were actually Lego figures moving around. I will admit that, even though it was one of those feel good moments, I thought the ending was a little weak. Otherwise, this is just a fantastic movie. Even if you don’t have kids, you should watch this movie and enjoy it.
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5