The Lego Movie

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The Lego Movie

With one obvious exception, toy stories do not have the luckiest big-screen pedigree: the results are often either sugary cartoons for undemanding kids or noisy blockbusters for brain-dead teens. If the producers of ‘The LEGO Movie’ had taken either approach, there would have been an outcry: these lifeless plastic bricks are too beloved, too iconic to be subjected to the Hollywood sausage-factory treatment. Luckily for all, someone had the foresight to bring in ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs’ writer-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and the result is bold, berserk and strangely beautiful, exuding LEGO-love from every frame.

Our everyman hero Emmet (Chris Pratt) is the happiest guy in Bricksville: he’s gainfully employed as a construction worker (what else?), he adores his co-workers and he knows that the mighty President Business (Will Ferrell) has his best interests at heart. So when he’s thrown into an epic conflict between Business’s robot clones and the forces of creativity and invention (led, of course, by Batman and Abraham Lincoln), all Emmet wants is to get back to normality.

Occasional pacing issues aside, ‘The LEGO Movie’ is sheer joy: the script is witty, the satire surprisingly pointed and the animation tactile and imaginative. Expect controversy over the climax, though. The film plunges deep into waters left uncharted since the mid-’80s, leading to a strange, deeply sentimental but oddly touching climax that manages to say more about its source ‘material’ than any toy movie to date. Barmy, perhaps, but often brilliant.

By: Tom Huddleston


Release details

Rated: U
Release date: Friday February 14 2014
Duration: 100 mins

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Director: Phil Lord, Chris McKay
Screenwriter: Phil Lord, Chris McKay

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Great film!

I went last week to see it with my girlfriend and we were highiy surprised about it. The plot might not be the most elaborated one but it has enough jokes, action, and references to external IPs to make it worth visiting your closest cinema. If you played LEGO on the old days before it became what it is now (just a collection of licences built-up in LEGO style) and you enjoyed playing with the bricks and regular figures you will probably enjoy it even more.

But if you are not convinced yet, I dare say it also has the best Batman ever seen in a film (even better than Nolan's trilogy's one).

Kirsty S

Very laugh out loud and witty much like the original lego movie. Ending was a bit too predictable and would have been good to have seen more marvel characters interacting in the main story line.

Be yourself unless you can be batman!

Violet M

My sister put this on over the holidays, to which I scrunched up my face and said with disgust, "Seriously? We're going to watch this?"

Ten minutes in, however, I was laughing, singing along to "everything is awesome" and loving it. In the simplest sense, it's a fun and adorable film to watch. Kids will love it. Adults will love it. Hipsters will probably even love it. 

More poignantly, the message of the film was clever, heartwarming and kind of necessarily perfect right now, considering current affairs around the world. It celebrates creativity and individuality, and uses love and friendship and hugs to overcome evil. Yeah, I know, it sounds very zen and perhaps childish, but it feels positive. And makes you think maybe the world does just need a little more love and friendship and hugs so that wouldn't be such a mess. 

Lastly - how ingenious was the Kragle? I felt like such an idiot to now have caught onto that one earlier lol.


I enjoyed this movie quite a bit, bringing back the imagination back into playing with lego. There are enough real world items that are eluded in funny matters to make you have a belly laugh. The story line is meh... However I thought it was really funny and worth watching. 

Sara A

The Lego Movie is clever, hilarious, thought-provoking and a joy to watch. There are so many jokes in this film that only the adults will laugh at that I wonder whether it's even meant for kids at all? The only drawback here is that the film is so consistently fast-paced throughout that it gave me a bit of a headache. Oh and the "Everything is Awesome" song will probably never get out of your head. Ever. 


Forget the soppy movies like the Smurfs or the Muppets, Lego Movie is a clever and definitely enjoyable piece.

As well as the lively animation that’ll please the kiddies, the witty jokes and ingenious gags will delight the grown-ups.

From characters like Wonder Woman and fake Gandalf to western spaghetti spoofs and Star Wars references, it sometimes feels a bit chaotic, but it is still weirdly engaging and entertaining. The denouement is great. Its unexpected twist proves the whole film is much more creative and ambitious that you’d first give it credit for. Loved it.


The LEGO Movie is still one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Silly yet clever in both measures, its main themes are that of non-conformity, the joy of play and how too much structure and too many rules can actually be a bad thing! Morgan Freeman's character, the blind wise sage is hilarious and there are so many jokes in this film, multiple watching is advised - you will notice new things every time you indulge. A great movie for kids and adults alike and truly one of the best comedies. It gets a little schmulzy at the end which drags the pace down but hey, we can't all be perfect - Everything is Awesome!

Ralph J

This is a great movie but it isn't specifically a kids' movie. A large portion of the humour in it is either too pop-culture-referential or clever for kids to understand or appreciate. Why this is listed in kids' films I do not know.

Juan Carlos

Very disappointing. At a fullish preview there wasn't much laughter even from the small kids. I found it very dull. If you have small kids to entertain over half term I would strongly recommend Mr Peabody and Sherman over this. Distinctly average to poor film. 2 stars only.