The LEGO Movie

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4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
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The LEGO Movie

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

With one obvious exception, toy stories don’t 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 each 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 coworkers, and he knows that 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.

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PG
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Cast and crew

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

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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.