— Posted by Alyssa
Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Charlie Day
Release Date: February 7, 2014
Sometimes animation is crude, rude, and frankly disposable. But every once in awhile an animated film comes around and is just astonishing in its narrative, morality, and visual amazingness. That is why I bow down and tip my hat to this wonderfully intelligent and detailed ode to the building blocks of our childhood.
A Lego universe, much different than the average model place our construction-working hero Emmett (Pratt) finds himself, begs for help, thinking Emmett is the sought-after Master Builder. Given a prophecy that caused its speaker (Morgan Freeman) to go blind, Emmett must try to live up to the expectations surrounding him. Meanwhile, secretly-hoping she is the one the prophesy depicted would lead them out of darkness, Wyldstyle (Banks) cleans up Emmett’s mess. The two yellow warriors recruit the help of a Lego army, including:: the scene-stealing Batman (Arnett), trademark astronaut Benny (Day), and the happy-go-lucky Unikitty (Brie) to help them through the ordeal. Meanwhile, the evil Lord Business (Ferrell) is plotting a devastating, (weirdly fascist) regime to freeze all of the residents of the Lego universe in order to stop them from venturing outside of the box and breaking the rules. Helping Lord Business with this new world order is two-faced Good Cop/Bad Cop (Liam)
The main reason the movie is so memorable and important is because it implores the adult world, caught up in overpriced coffee and following the instructions, to journey outside of the box and utilize their creativity to build their own world. Who doesn’t love that message? I like how the conventional yellow model Lego guy and the tough-as-nails highlight-headed girl were able to branch out of conventionality in storytelling and offer the viewers something to really marvel at. I felt like a kid in a toy store watching the film, but very much like a mature adult indulging in the positive message the film has to offer a world run by the Lord Businesses everywhere. We are the creative, un-uniform individuals who have the power to shape our own universe. This one is just as much for the adults as it is for the kids, if not a little more for the mature audience. It promotes the value of eternal imagination in everyday existence. It also doesn’t hurt that the movie is absolutely hilarious. Overall, this is one that the kids will enjoy and the adults will undoubtedly appreciate and find the most humor in.