Written by Markus Robinson, Edited by Nicole I. Ashland
Markus Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Rated PG for mild action and rude humor
Now playing at Century 20 Oakridge Mall in San Jose, California:
Don’t worry, this is not just a nostalgia movie catering to the retro LEGO nerd, while alienating anybody who had video games or friends growing up. “The Lego Movie” is shockingly entertaining, even if you’re like me and the only LEGO interaction you’ve ever had is that one time when you accidentally stepped barefoot on one of your little brothers LEGO pieces.
Side Note: Yes, I am aware that there are Lego video games, but those are lame, so…
Containing Star Wars LEGO jokes, Harry Potter LEGO jokes, Ninja Turtle LEGO jokes and Superhero (The Justice League) LEGO jokes (with LEGO Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) portrayed accurately as a jerk, or how a billionaire playboy turned Superhero would most likely act in real life) “The Lego Movie” is from the minds of writer/director duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (the writer/directors of such child friendly films as “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and…”21 Jump Street”).
Synopsis: An average construction worker LEGO man (voiced by Chris Pratt) is mistaken for a LEGO prophet after stumbling upon a mysterious piece of plastic known as “The Piece of Resistance” and then asked to save the LEGO universe from the tyrannical President Business (voiced by Will Ferrell). To tell you the truth, I was actually dreading going to see “The Lego Movie”, after taking one glance at the trailer and believing that it was just another animated, early year, straight to DVD release that the studios were attempting to masquerade as a feature film. BUT, to my surprise, what I got was an animated feature which contained the foundation of an extremely clever script riddled with laugh-out-loud dialogue, together with quite impressive LEGO inspired visuals (LEGO-mation) that while does take a few moments to adjust to, should force this film into the awards conversation next year.
Caveat: Chances are “The Lego Movie” will be more entertaining for adults than small children, and here’s why: Written by the guys who wrote and directed “21 Jump Street”, most of the jokes caught me off guard with how comically sharp they were, but after a while I did notice numerous children, in the theater I was in, becoming visibly bored with the witty banter, while their parents continued to laugh out loud until the final credits rolled. Something to think about if you are planning on taking your little one.
Final Thought (Caveat # 2): As funny as “The Lego Movie” is, it is also hampered by an overly sentimental and tonally misguided ending, which takes most of the wind out of the sails of the final twenty minutes. This was actually the biggest problem I had with the film, even getting to the point of openly wishing it would end, just so I wouldn’t have to witness one more second of Will Ferrell showing off his non-range as a dramatic actor. Still, if you are a fan of LEGO’s or any offshoot of LEGO brand video games, then you will more than likely be able to outright ignore any flaws “The Lego Movie” has to offer.
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