February of this year saw the release of Lego’s first full-length animated movie in theaters. It was well received by critics with a rating of 8.3 on IMDB and a score of 96% amongst top critics on Rotten Tomatoes. As a lifelong fan of Lego I think that this film was a great achievement for the company. I was laughing the whole way through, it was colorful and beautifully animated, and the film had a surprisingly thoughtful and sweet message at the end. It had a great voice cast with a lot of fun cameos from their licensed properties, but the movie never relied on that to keep it interesting. Although I’m not going to lie, Batman was probably my second-favourite character after Emmett (Chris Pratt). I’m a die-hard Kevin Conroy fan, and I think Will Arnett did a great job doing a comedy voice performance for the dark knight. I also really liked the performances from Liam Neeson as Good Cop/Bad Cop, Alison Brie as Princess Unikitty, Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius, and Charlie Day as Benny the 1980-something space guy.
The theme song from the movie ‘Everything is Awesome’ performed by Tegan & Sara and the Lonely Island is ridiculously catchy:
The story follows Emmett, the most normal, ordinary, rules-following minifigure to have ever existed. After discovering an intruder and a special piece at his job at a construction site he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a huge conspiracy that all seems to lead back to the ruler of the Lego world. It’s your typical ‘ordinary person is thrust into an epic adventure and must lead’ type of story, but the execution is quite original, and there are so many gags that it’s still really entertaining. I also really liked the fact that the ability to create and use your imagination with Lego was an important part of the story. What could have been a 90 minute Lego commercial ended up being a tremendously funny and epic adventure movie with a really great message about creativity and individuality.
A second movie has been planned for 2017 although almost nothing is available in terms of details yet. Here’s hoping they can capture what made the first film great again!