Film Review: The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie

With its home entertainment release, The LEGO Movie might just be the most fun film of the year. It is certainly a paragon of movies based on toy lines.

Emmet is just an ordinary construction worker. When he is thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, Emmet is recruited to a quest to stop an evil tyrant from destroying the LEGO universe…

The LEGO Movie at first did not appear too appealing a proposition. The legacy of films based on toy lines has been less than prestigious. Nevertheless, The LEGO Movie goes some way in turning the tide, with its gregarious fun factor.

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller choose to focus on Emmet, a character so ordinary that there are plenty of jokes to be made of this. There are a host of amusing supporting characters, but the protagonist is rooted for precisely for his underdog status.

The LEGO Movie is incredibly successful at garnering laughs from its audience. The humour in the film is superb, with visual and verbal gags on both on point. There are a lot of pop culture references in the film, underlined by the presence of some well-known characters (albeit the LEGO versions).

The message at the heart of The LEGO Movie is one that most will applaud. For all the jokes, the film’s narrative is one that will have resonance. The pacing in the film is excellent, with action moving along steadily and no real decline in momentum.

Animation in The LEGO Movie is great. Attention to detail in the film is really strong; those that played with LEGO as children will certainly recognise an element or two. The film’s main song is wonderful in its simplicity and humorous employment.

The LEGO Movie will be enjoyed by children and adults alike; a genuinely funny and constantly entertaining family film.

The LEGO Movie is out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday 21st July 2014.

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