Emmet is an ordinary construction worker who is mistakenly annointed ‘the special ‘ by the plucky Windstyle. The Special is a toy who was prophecised by Vitruvius to save all of Lego-land from the evil President Business. As Emmet and Windstyle attempt to flee the city and President Business, they are interrogated by Good Cop/Bad Cop (the movie is worth the admission price alone just to watch the gruff action hero Neeson take on the almost bi-polar role of Good Cop / Bad Cop).
But they manage to escape and the pair begin their adventure through many Lego-land scenes. Along the way, they are joined by a myriad of familiar Lego and pop culture characters including Batman, 1980’s Spaceman, Superman, Wonder Woman,Green Lantern, Gandalf, Dumbledore, Abraham Lincoln…. the list goes on and on.
I was so excited to see this movie because of all the hype. Reviewers, critics, the general public……. everyone was raving about it. I showed up for my preview screening earlier than usual as I noted online that there were 4 simultaneous sessions at the one complex.
Not 4 throughout the day.
4 screenings at 11am.
Now I go to a lot of preview screenings and I have never seen more than one screen let alone 4. So I was not surprised to learn that an hour before the movie started, 500 tickets had already been sold.
This is gonna be huge!
So is the hype warranted??
You bet it is!
I love, love, love, love LOVED this movie!
This movie is a great big happy ride from the moment Emmet wakes up and bounces out of bed to the last frame. It is funny and clever and witty and joyful. The characters are larger than life, given their tiny stature but keep to their Lego roots. They move as you would expect animated Lego characters to move ….. very stiffly and with limited range. But rather than take away from the movie, this adds to it’s credibility and vision.
Speaking of animation, they were done right here by Australia’s very own Animal Logic. YAY!! Everything was absolutely spot on….. including, I believe, some easter eggs saved just for the Bluray / DVD (pigs anyone? 😉 )
The story was simple but engaging and reminded me of Toy Story with its kid jokes and grown up jokes. There were of course the obligatory butt jokes which had the little ones screaming with laughter at this ever popular naughty reference.
At 100 minutes long, there were some squirming little people about 15 minutes from the end but most of the kidlets were still enthralled.
Oh and mum or dad ……. if you are only begrudgingly taking your offspring to see this movie, dont worry…… you will laugh and giggle as much as they do.
I would love to go and see this one again so if anyone doesnt want to take their kids, Aunty Flick is just a phone call away. Popcorn and drinks are on you though 😉
Everything is awesome!!
Love Flick xx
Director : Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Starring : Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Craig Berry, Alison Brie, David Burrows, Anthony Daniels, Charlie Day, Will Ferrell, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Jonah Hill
Running Time : 100 minutes
Release Date : 3 April, 2014