It would be easy to cry foul that this movie is simply a two-hour commercial in the style of Transformers 1, 2, 3, and soon 4. There are certainly LEGO movies and games that are strictly that. However, The LEGO Movie is that angle's antithesis. Phil Lord and Chris Miller got my "shut up and take my money" vote as soon as I saw Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs—which is, to this day, one of the most entertaining movies I have ever seen (over and over again). With rave reviews and a projected $60 million opening weekend, The LEGO Movie got almost everything right, from casting to story to marketing.
|The film "grapples" with danger!... It's a bat pun.|
The story rockets forward once two McGuffins are introduced: a prophecy and its accompanying special LEGO piece with no holes or points, "The Piece of Resistance." From there, Emmet meets Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and questions her name just like I would. Together, they then find the ancient Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), who we first met in the film's cold open, where he battles President Business (Will Ferrell) and sets up the story's prophecy.
The movie holds its own before we even get to any guest stars. The action, the animation, and the humor blend together really well. I can certainly tell you this... when Batman showed up, I was genuinely surprised. He's in every commercial for the movie! And I forgot he was in it! The already fast-paced story kicks up a notch from there and makes room for even more guest appearances (my favorite being Michelangelo and Michelangelo... you'll see). The movie slows down for relationship and character development, but that development often occurs mid-action sequence to keep things moving forward. It's an impressive feat how much got crammed in without overwhelming the viewer's brain.
|I actually owned this one as a kid.|
As mentioned here, the sequel has already been greenlit, and these days sequels are outperforming the originals. I look forward to part two. However, it is not being written by Lord and Miller... so jury's out on whether or not it can be as good as this one. After all, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is on my "do not watch" list as it paled in comparison to the original.
Have you seen this "kids movie" yet? What did you think?