Welcome to the Lego Universe, where "everything is awesome!"
with motivational lessons, wacky dialogues and crazy impertinence, "The
Lego Movie" is a blast for kids and adults alike.
feels strange to be transported to the Lego Universe where everything is
endlessly complex, yet elementary, clunky and crude, just like the Lego
toys themselves. But once you are in you get hooked, line and sinker.
plot here revolves around the Lego philosophy, "learning through play
and creativity." It strongly puts forth this point and makes you realize
with rhetoric questions like; "Can you live in this world if you think,
outside the box?" Or "Is there a balance to be struck between following
the instructions and being creative by using your imagination to make
something of your own?"
The narration starts off with Lego Land
being ruled by a control freak President Business (Will Ferrell) with
world domination on his mind. With a constant disregard for creative
people, he spouts, "We need ideas so dumb and bad, that people will not
think them to be useful."
His dictatorial biddings are carried out by the split-personality Cop (Liam Neeson) who swings from being Good Cop Bad Cop.
the other end, a lone construction worker Emmet (Chris Pratt) lives
life by the book. Being a builder he always makes the sets exactly as
they are supposed to be, demolishing those which do not conform to the
instructions. He doesn't seem to make much of an impression on anyone
else around him, although he scrupulously follows the instructions about
how to make friends too.
His life turns topsy-turvy when one
night he follows a trespasser, the enigmatic and charmingly beautiful
Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks). He end up falling into a construction
excavation pit and stumbles across the mysterious red block "Piece of
Resistance" and, in the process, is earmarked as The Chosen One, the one
prophesied to reunite the great Master Builders and remove Lord
Business from power before he destroys their world.
becomes a target of the police and during a brief period of capture, he
learns that the seemingly benevolent President Business intends to
destroy the world in a couple of days, by unleashing a super-secret
weapon known as the Kragle.
Breaking out with Wildstyle's help,
Emmet soon discovers many Lego worlds beyond his own, and finds his way
to thwart the evil plan.
Visually, the action itself is reckless,
sprawling and elaborate, without being confusing. It is exciting to see
their extensive adventures executed within the miniature world of the
tiny pop-apart pieces of the little building blocks. The water, the
flames, the ship and every little element that is a part of their
universe animated but still obviously meant to be the kind of small
plastic accessories from the toys.
The voices of the celebrity
star cast aptly match the characters. They accentuate the action and
enhance the jokes which appease both older and younger audiences. The
soundtrack, "Everything is awesome" is catchy and a sure-fire chart
buster with kids.
The animation in the film is achieved using an
ingenious combination of computer generated images and stop motion, and
the entire film has a palpable quality that makes you want to reach out
and play with it. In 3D, this sensation is amplified and intensified,
taking you into the Lego Universe more deeply and authentically.
Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, who had earlier delivered the first
installment of, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and "21 Jump
Street", have managed to assemble this film with apt meticulousness.
have co-scripted the film from a story by Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman
who have earlier written "Hotel Transylvania." With wit, action and
emotion, woven in equal measure, Miller & Lord have succeeded in
making it difficult to resist revisiting the film.