Film Review: The Lego Movie

Emmet (Chris Pratt) is just an average construction worker with no standout qualities. However, when he meets the mysterious Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), he learns of a plot by the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell) to unleash a terrible weapon upon the Lego world and freeze them in place forever. He may be ordinary but Emmet could be the only one who can stop Lord Business.

There have been numerous straight-to-DVD Lego films, but by some unearthly miracle this is the first time the Danish foot-cripplers have made it to the big screen. And it was well worth the wait.

Anyone who has ever been a child will have come across Lego at some point, and The Lego Movie brilliantly taps into the toy’s nostalgia which ensure it does what every good kids need to do – appeal to adults as well.

Kids will go nuts for the bright colours and whizz-bangery of the action, whilst adults will beam from ear to ear as they reminisce about building castles, mazes, pirate ships or whatever else popped into their heads. Most of the types of Lego are present and correct, from the Wild West to Medieval sets, and will cause memories to come gleefully flooding back.

There are also plenty of pop culture references and nods to other, more adult-oriented films. For instance, much of the film’s story and characters owe a debt to, believe it or not, The Matrix.

A big barrel of the film’s fun comes from the sheer number of different characters that turn up in the film, even just for the odd line. There have been several Lego video games based on films, and there are characters present from most of them, including Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Batman, the latter of which is particularly brilliant. Voiced by Will Arnett, Batman plays a surprisingly big role and his riffing on the character and its lore is bound to raise a few smirks with Bat fans.

As you’d expect with a film like this, the attention to detail is just staggering. Literally everything is made out of Lego – water, smoke, explosions, the lot; it’s all made from different Lego bricks (not Legos; never, ever Legos) and studs, and it only goes to enhance the film’s appeal. It’s part stop-motion and part CGI and simply a joy to look at throughout.

In terms of story, there’s not a massive amount here that hasn’t been done before. You’ll recognise story elements from numerous action and adventure films (and The Matrix, as mentioned earlier) but that actually adds to some of its charm, and the way it’s presented really sets it apart.

There’s an interesting final act that melds the Lego and the real world that is ridiculously clever, even if it does end up turning into into somewhat of an advert for Lego. It also gets a little schmaltzy and saccharine at times, hammering home the ‘you can do anything with your imagination’ mantra, although it never becomes too problematic.

There’s really not much to dislike about The Lego Movie. It’s got a sharp script, charming visuals and will have children and adults alike grinning like fools long after they leave the cinema.

Everything is indeed awesome.

Pros

  • Amazing visuals and attention to detail
  • Laugh-out-loud funny
  • Tonnes of fun characters and references

Cons

  • A little too schmaltzy
  • Threatens to become an advert for Lego

4 and a half pigeons

4.5/5 pigeons

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50 thoughts on “Film Review: The Lego Movie

  1. CMrok93 says:

    Such a fun movie that, I don’t care who you are, you’ll enjoy. It’s just a fact, Jack! Nice review.

  2. theipc says:

    Very nice – I think I’ll see this when it comes out on VOD.

  3. Another very positive review. I should check this out! I honestly thought this would be terrible. Stellar stuff Chris.

  4. jjames36 says:

    Great review. And agreed. The end is a bit rushed, but the film is genuinely entertaining anyway.

  5. Great review, Chris! I can’t wait to see this one. Really looking forward to it; will watch this Saturday.

  6. caragale says:

    I loved this one. Just so cute and creative and hilarious. I think I might even end up seeing it again. Great review, Chris!

  7. Tom says:

    This was such a great experience. I don’t recall having this much fun in a theater — let alone a kid’s movie — in quite some time. You’ve done it proper justice here man. Glad to see it struck a chord with you too.

  8. ckckred says:

    Nice review. Love some of the voice actors (Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman) so I’ll definitely check this out.

  9. thomasjford says:

    3 great review of this now. I’m looking forward to it!

  10. CouchKurisu says:

    Great review! Just have to wait two more days and I can see this one in the UK!

  11. Great review! The movie was certainly a lot of fun, and I loved the details!

  12. keith7198 says:

    Nice review! Lots of positive word of mouth about this one and I can’t wait to see it. Hopefully this weekend!

  13. Nostra says:

    Can’t wait to see this one…will head to the cinema this weekend to check it out.

  14. Zoë says:

    Nice review! I’ll probably watch this film when I can get my hands on it after a cinema release! It sounds like such fun!

  15. table9mutant says:

    Great review! Yay! This movie was so much fun… : )

  16. hybridZone says:

    I hear this movie has a certified fresh 100% rating on rotten tomatoes, I’m gonna definitely watch this when it comes out in my area

  17. Can’t wait to see this one! Nice review.

  18. ruth says:

    Glad we agree on this Chris! I have some issues w/ the schmaltziness but it’s a small quibble really. It’s so so much fun, and yes the attention to detail is so staggering and well, awesome to behold. My favorite is how they did the soap and water in the shower scene, that was hilarious!!

    • Yeah the schmaltizness was a little over the top at times but I guess you have to expect a certain amount of that with a film like this. I loved the shower scene as well (sounds seedy, doesn’t it?) with the little studs as drops of water. So clever!

  19. Dan says:

    Sounds like a blast. This wasn’t on my radar – I was completely uninterested but I need to check this out.

  20. Monkeyboy says:

    Great review. So much positivity for this movie. 🙂

  21. Mark Walker says:

    High praise my man. I really fancy this one. It’s looks fantastic. A little trip to the cinema with the kids beckons methinks. 😉

  22. Victor De Leon says:

    I think I’ll be having more fun than my kids when I go to see this one. Good review! A fun read 🙂

  23. chris2508 says:

    Great review Chris. It just looks like a helluva lot of fun.

  24. Honestly, I am so excited for The Lego Movie. I’m hopefully seeing it on Wednesday.

  25. Great review, loved this film. The cast the story where great and the ending was surprisingly deep. Chris Pratt is going to have a very promising career 😀

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