Who among us hasn’t played with Lego as kids? Personally, not only was our own childhood full with Lego, but we introduced it to our own son who spent hours building and playing with the colorful building blocks, so when we first saw the trailer for this 3D, animated film, we were hooked, then we realized that it co-stared Batman (voiced by Arnett), Green Lantern (voiced by Jonah Hill), Wonder Woman (voiced by Cobie Smulders) Superman (voiced by Channing Tatum), Han Solo (voiced by Keith Ferguson), and Lando Calrissian (voiced by Billy Dee Williams) we experienced a Geekgasm of epic proportions.
The film follows the misadventures of Emmet (voiced by Pratt) who has been (mis)identified a master builder as well as the Special by Vitruvius (voiced by Morgan Freeman) , who has been tasked with saving all of the Lego-verse, only thing is that Emmet, really isn‘t all that, he is just some ordinary builder who has been swept up in a grander scheme, but Lucy (voiced by Banks) believes in him, so he rises to the task in order to be the man everyone seems to believe him to be. Now Emmet will have to unlearn everything he saw in the instructions so as to discover the power of imagination in order to defeat the evil Lord Business (Voiced by Ferrell), a tyrant who is bent on destroying the Lego universe on Taco Tuesday and recreating it as he sees fit by gluing it together.
What makes this film work so well is that it quite flatly abandons all forms of actual reality and totally immerses you in the ebb and flow of the absolute fascination that kids experience when they exercise their own imagination and become a part of the Lego reality of building toys and then playing with them. Still, there is far more going on here than the trailer (or even the first hour or so of the film lets on, and that’s where the real fun begins. Simply let us say here that this film is not just for kids, but their parents as well, plus it is one of those films that you are not only going to want to seeing 3D, but will want to watch over and over again.
Yes, it is that good.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.