“The LEGO Movie” — A Slice of SciFi Review

The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie

I have to confess: I have a small LEGO addiction. I loved playing with the little LEGO Spaceman sets where all the little yellow-faced adventurers got their own personal jetpack. I may or may not own over 50 Star Wars LEGO sets. My childhood friend and I would build little LEGO buildings and then chuck 9-Volt batteries at each others contraption to see who’s would topple over first. I have spent more minutes than I care to count on the Lego.com website watching animated LEGO re-enactments of some of my favorite movies (the LEGO Monty Python cracks me up every single time.)

Yes, I love LEGOs. So, when I heard there was going to be LEGO movie, I had to watch it.

Let me emphasize: I HAD to watch it.

After seeing it, I have to say this: you HAVE to watch it too.

It’s comedic genius. It’s adventure. It’s little bits of plastic brought to awesome life. It’s not just a kids movie about kids toys — it’s much deeper and more involved than that. However, I will say I don’t think I have EVER heard my kids laugh louder than they did during this movie.

The story itself centers around some rather usual themes: unassuming guy is thrust into an adventure where he must find his inner hero and save the day. We’ve seen this theme a bazillion times before. So, if you are looking for the meaning of life, you won’t find it from watching Emmet the Construction Lego Guy try to save his universe from the Kragle. You will be thoroughly entertained though by watching him do it. His companions on the adventure — Batman, Wonder Woman, 80’s Space Guy — each combine to make this a great movie to watch.

The movie also has a sub-theme running through it: sometimes us old LEGO Obsessed “Don’t Touch My Stuff” folks just need to relax and remember that sometimes the fun is just in seeing where your imagination takes you.

Will Ferrell breathes amazing life into the character he plays, the Evil Lord Business. I dare say it may be one of my favorite performances by Will Ferrell. Chris Pratt dives into the character of Emmet Brickowski. It’s hard to be expressive when your character has a plastic face and you are just a voice in a studio but these folks did a fantastic job.

So, go see it, folks. Put away your beliefs that you are watching a really long commercial. Don’t think you are seeing a kids movie. See it for what it is: an adventure movie with a ton of comedy.

Oh, and beware of Duplo Blocks.

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