Monday, March 31, 2014

Film Review - The Lego Movie

The idea of a big budget Hollywood movie based on toy building blocks that are over sixty years old sounds ludicrous on the surface. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise then that the execution is suitably zany, imaginative, and off-the-walls wacky. The Lego Movie is fun for both the young and young-at-heart, making it the perfect family movie and a treat for all ages.

Lego has come to be one of the most powerful brands in entertainment with tie-ins to the biggest franchises around, such as Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, and a slew of DVD releases and video games. Most of the A+ top-tier brands, from Star Wars to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, at least make a cameo in The Lego Movie. Poetically, in a movie filled with such an awe-inspiring all star line up of beloved fictional characters, it is a little ordinary “yellow guy” lego man who is the most relatable character and the hero of the story.

The Lego Movie’s plot is so steeped in humor and subtlety that a synopsis doesn’t do it justice. Needless to say all the elements of a grand adventure story are at work with epic spectacle, explosive action, and even heart tugging emotion coming in to play. For a fun children’s movie there is a surprising amount of depth to The Lego Movie.

At first it is a little jarring to have everything on screen, from the locations to the characters, represented by the famous little cubes. However the characters are so likable and the animation so gorgeous that the novelty remains inspired throughout and never felt like a gimmick.  The visuals are beautiful and unique, offering a trademark look for the inevitable ensuing franchise.

There is already a video game and toy line. A sequel has been announced and with all the television Lego already does a spin-off show is likely. The Lego Movie has already successfully created an encompassing world for all of its star power and thus solidified an empire.

Grade: B

Posted by Terry Pierson, Library Clerk