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'The Lego Movie' constructs a fun time

The Lego Movie poster
Warner Bros. Pictures

The Lego Movie


It's only February 6, yet so far 2014 has been a horrible year for new movies. January is not known as a month when good movies come out, but at least something "okay" comes along. However, that was not the case for January 2014. There is now a reason to go back to the movie theater again and the whole family can go because that worthy movie is "The Lego Movie."

There are so many Lego characters out there now, but the one Lego everyone has in abundance is the average looking construction Lego guy. They don't stand out at all and are just ordinary. That is the kind of Lego Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) is. He's perfectly happy fitting in and being just like everyone else until he learns he may fulfill a prophecy where he can save all of Lego Land and stop the bad guy, Lord Business (voiced by Will Farrell).

"The Lego Movie" is a computer animated movie, but it looks like they did stop motion with real Lego pieces, with the exception of animating their faces. Since many of us have had our own Lego adventures. This animation really works, right down to the Lego floor because it represents a world any of us could have made when we were kids. The movie can also be seen in 3D and which helps bring you into this world even more.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller wrote and directed "The Lego Movie." They also directed "21 Jump Street" and "22 Jump Street" coming out this summer. These two men are a versatile pair and really know their comedy. They also know how to construct a story and make you care about the characters they create. A movie like this could have gone down another road where you just have all the Lego characters jammed together in a mind numbing story that would only appeal to children, at best. While children will probably enjoy this movie more than their parents, the adults in the audience should get caught up in this movie too.

Who would have thought "The Lego Movie" would be the first picture of 2014 to get things started? It is funny, entertaining, sweet at times too and there will also be a few surprises thrown in for everyone young and old. Some of the additional voices include Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Liam Neeson as Good Cop and Bad Cop. It is Rated PG for mild action and rude humor.