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'The Lego Movie' (review): Fun for All Ages

"The Lego Movie" poster (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Warner Bros. Pictures

Growing up we all played with them and wanted to discover how to build the coolest things from our Legos. Over the years, Lego has broken into the video game industry and finally has made its official debut on the silver screen. "The Lego Movie" now playing nation wide still maintains a 96% rating on rottentomatoes.com which compiles critics and fan ratings. A movie safe for the whole family and it has something in it for everyone.

Although an unlikely Valentine's day movie, it guarantees a good time. The screenplay writers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller wrote a screenplay that tugs at the heart strings of the audience. The creative team went above and beyond to create a Lego land on screen. You are thrown in with the characters to this world and you discover the magic of creation. Top notch actors like Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Jonah Hill, among others, lend their voices to bring the Lego characters to life and add to the intrigue of the movie.

The story begins with the evil Lord Business stealing from the wizard Vitruvius the only thing that could ever bring about his destruction, a super weapon called the "Kragle". Vitruvius warns of a prophecy that a "special" will find the Piece of Resistance which will stop the Kragle. We flash forward eight and a half years to a "happy" Lego world. It's not all that surprising the themes and social commentary that is evident throughout the movie. Like most, if not all children movies, it's entertaining for them but adults realize the real meanings behind the entertainment. Honestly, it's rather surprising the things this movie is able to get away with like the criticizing of conforming to society and government control, among other commentaries.

After seeing the movie in 3D, which is entirely worth the extra money, I can understand why it remains to be so highly rated. This movie has it all and characters that everyone can identify with. We all, whether we would admit it or not, hope that we will leave our mark on history and leave a lasting legacy behind. It is the message that it sends to those watching that each and everyone can leave their mark on this world if they just try. You don't have to be the smartest, most attractive or whatever society is saying, you just have to think for yourself and believe in what you can achieve.

This movie will surprise you. You will find moments where you laugh, shake your head at the absurdity of it or shed a tear at the tender moments. It has something for everyone. No matter what age you are or if you are a fan of any of the other Lego items, this is a movie that will please all family members, both young and old. If you are looking for a good time this weekend, be sure to see what you have been missing and experience Legos first, though I am sure not last, venture to the big screen.