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'The Lego Movie' is must-see viewing for all Lego maniacs

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The Lego Movie

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Release date: February 7, 2014

Written and directed by: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Voice cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Jonah Hill, Nick Offerman, Dave Franco, Charlie Day and Billie Dee Williams

Official website: Facebook.com/TheLEGOmovie

Nearly every adult has fond memories of playing with Legos as a kid. Heck, it's pretty much a right of passage to dump the colorful bricks all over mom and dad's floor, spread out those instructions, and follow them step-by-step until that creation was complete.

But every Lego maniac knows that one lego can be the difference between a masterpiece and failure. That theme comes into play in the incredibly imaginative 3D adventure, "The Lego Movie".

Emmet, voiced by Chris Pratt, is your average ordinary construction worker Lego man. In fact he's so ordinary, he leaves absolutely no lasting impression on anyone in his life. One day, he accidentally stumbles upon an ancient Lego artifact called The Piece of Resistance. A prophecy, foretold by another Lego voiced by Morgan Freeman, says a Master Builder will find the Piece of Resistance and save the Lego universe from an evil mastermind known as President Business (Will Ferrell).

Yes, it is absolutely as ridiculous and silly as it sounds. And that is exactly what makes "The Lego Movie" work on just about every level. No, it's not perfect. There are some awkward moments, early on as the film and the unusual stop motion like animation style takes a while to get used to, but once the film announces itself and gets going, the imagination and laughs kick in.

One thing that is for certain, Chris Pratt is getting ready to become a star. He's already one of the funniest actors on NBC's "Parks and Rec", and lately he's been a shining glimmer in ordinarily dull movies (Delivery Man). While Pratt's big coming out party may not come until later this year when Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" descends on theatres, but his comic timing works in animated movie land, too.

The rest of the cast of voices fills in perfectly from Liam Neeson playing the Bad Cop to Charlie Day voicing the early 80's Space guy. Add to it cameos from a ton of fan favorite Legos. And perhaps a little respect nod of appreciation to Warner Bros. and Lego for finally getting the Justice League on the big screen. Yep. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern are all here.

But the real star of this is the animation team. The stop motion style of animation perfectly captures what every child has visualized during their own Lego adventures throughout the years. Everything on screen looks like it's made out of Legos, from smoke to lasers to explosions. It's like every child's greatest Lego fantasies exploded on a movie screen. And it works because the humor is sharp and the script never fails to top itself over and over again before delivering a surprisingly heart felt message.

It's funny. It's clever. It's got a big heart. But more importantly, it offers a good lesson about finding your own identity, while serving up jokes everyone will be able to appreciate.

"The Lego Movie" is absolutely 100% required viewing for every Lego maniac from ages 3 to 99.

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