Oye! Oye!! An ‘everything is awesome’ spectacle, a 3D animation story about toys, with “cuties” and lots of creativity-fun laden building blocks most of us handled as kids to craft our own world of childhood fancies. Lego Movie is superb with its multi-colored houses, lofty cranes, and fast cars.
At once funny and witty, engrossing the young and enticing the not-so-young making them laugh out loud on various occurrences as also at the interwoven social commentary, Lego Movie is likely to capture a place all its own in the Hall of Fame, breaking box office records, encouraging zillions across gender and age divides to think out of the box, to forever essay new things.
Emmet [made ‘alive’ in Chris Pratt’s endearing voice] is just an ordinary Rule-Book licking mini figure engaged in construction activity.
His life is cyclic, mere routine; morning shower, followed by a cup of expensive and branded coffee, then work at the site while singing “Everything is Awesome”.
Not fired with imagination, he labors as per the Instruction Manual, never ever deviating.
Bur a tumble down a hole and an ‘encounter’ with a strange rectangular piece is destined to change things.
For it is the “piece of Resistance” earlier on forecast by the Wizard Vitruivus [Morgan Freeman].
The “find” catapults Emmet to the position of someone “special” propelling him to join and lead the Momentum to stall the wicked advance of the Tyrant Lord Business [Will Ferrell].
And sure enough Lord Business—a personification of business monopolization—desires the strange rectangle. It is his mission to ensure separation across the entire Lego realm so that he can maintain order and ensure business reaching newer heights.
So the “special” Emmet must help save the Lego realm and of course wing the tough girl Wyldstyle [Elizabeth Banks].
In this brilliantly crafted movie the Lego world is built brick-by-brick. And this satiric take is a joy dance from the word go.
The film, like a little child, bursts with energy and enthusiasm and along its way pinches and twists merrily the many cultural icons.
Some viewers may find the movie goofy, with action that never seems to stop, the music that hammers continuously, and that it is a loud commercialization attempt for the Lego brand.
But even these detractors perhaps can’t say it is not a laugh riot. And laughter, fun and frolic is what entertainment is expected to mean; is it not?
So, swing with the Batman [voiced by Will Arnett who by the way doesn’t know Bruce Wayne], Superman, Gandalf, LA Lakers, Liam Nesson as the hilarious Bad Cop/Good Cop, and many more, and shout, “spaceship”!
Rating: 5 Lego Blocks
By Joseph R