With The Voices Of: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Will Forte, Jonah Hill, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Keegan Michael Key, Nick Offerman, Shaquille O’Neal, Cobie Smulders, Channing Tatum, Jorma Taccone, Billy Dee Williams
Directed By: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
OK, the directing duo of Lord and Miller are officially on my radar. 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, and The Lego Movie prove that they have a solid grasp on the action/comedy genre. The Lego Movie is surprisingly fresh. It’s like someone heard “we want to make a Lego movie”, thought it was a joke, and pitched this film. Then… they got a greenlight.
It’s not the pitch you’d expect for a Lego movie, but it’s the right pitch. That’s why everyone loves it. The story is so original, so fresh, and so smart. The characters are well written, and the ones that are light parodies (Batman) are hilarious too. Even though they are only in a few scenes, Superman and Green Lantern’s back and forth really makes me laugh. Then I realized… it’s Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Perfection.
I think this film is entertaining enough for adults, who will probably love the ending (or rather the 3rd act plot twist). I can safely say that despite the heavy praise, I did not love it as much as I loved How To Train Your Dragon 2. So while I’m sure The Lego Movie is a strong contender for an Oscar nomination, I’m not on board to root for it just yet.
Sure, it’s funny, and original, but it lacked heart. Pixar has been so great about infusing real heart into their films, and Dreamworks has caught on recently with their Dragon franchise. Not that you can’t be fun and fluff like The Lego Movie, but it is a lot of fun and fluff. It’s just well done fluff. Down pillow fluff.
If you’re looking for a good movie for the kids, that won’t cause you to put your head through a wall… then the Lego Movie is the right choice for all audiences. You’re bound to at least smirk at a few of the jokes. There’s a master builder inside all of us… right?
FINAL GRADE: B+