The Lego Movie (2014) directed/written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Starring Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Charlie Day, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and Will Ferrell.
Synopsis: The story begins with wizard Vitruvius (Freeman) attempting to protect a super-weapon named the Kragle from villain Lord Business (Ferrell). He fails, and is blinded in the process. At this point he prophesises that a special one will have the ability to stop the Kragle.
We are then introduced to protagonist Emmet Brickowski (Pratt). He is a normal construction worker who has never really been noticed – that is until he comes across Wyldstyle (Banks), an attractive mysterious girl he sees searching for something after hours on his construction sight.
Emmet finds out that she is part of the resistance, learns of the prophecy, and that he may be the special one. Before long, he is partaking in a quest along with Wyldstyle and many others to stop antagonist Lord Business from gluing the Lego Universe together. They must also face antagonist Bad Cop/Good Coop (Neeson) who works for Lord Business.
This is one of the most entertaining animated movies I have seen in a long time, and there is an abundance of A-list names to enjoy with your favourite Lego characters. The most notable cameos are Channing Tatum as Superman and Jonah Hill as Green Lantern. We also see Anthony Daniels reprise his role as C-3PO from Star Wars (1980).
Story wise, this seems like an amalgamation of The Matrix (1999) and The Lord of the Rings (2001). There are echoes of Neo from The Matrix in Emmet and Trinity as Wyldstyle. Also, I am reminded of Sauron from TLOTR with Lord Business, and the fellowship as a whole from the group of people on the quest to defeat the main antagonistic force. By incorporating such a large amount of characters from different media, this gives something for everyone to enjoy. This movie will not be breaking any barriers regarding originality, but this is clearly not what the filmmakers set out to do in the first place.
At the tail end of the movie, we are taken out of the Lego world, and introduced to reality. A small child is playing with the Lego city, when his dad (Ferrell) comes in and tells him he should not be playing with these. His dad claims that these are not toys, and threatens to glue the pieces to the city so that he cannot play with them. Instantly, we see that the whole plot has been from the imagination of this child, with the obvious alignment of Lord Business with his dad.
This movie is very fun, and one of my favourite characters was Batman (Arnett). Batman is in a relationship with Wyldstyle, but Emmet has feelings for her. This results in a humorous love triangle between the three. We see Batman constantly trying to show off, and he receives a number of good one liners throughout.
This movie has reportedly grossed over 400 million dollars, and a sequel is already in the works. If you want something fun that does not take itself too seriously, then watch this.
By Robert Spence