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'The LEGO Movie' review: Fun for all ages and genders

Chris Pratt holds a giant LEGO figure of his character at a screening for "The LEGO Movie."
Chris Pratt holds a giant LEGO figure of his character at a screening for "The LEGO Movie."
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The Lego Movie (film)


Receiving more love this Valentine’s weekend, “The LEGO Movie” looks to end this holiday weekend with $48.8 million and total $60 million by the end of Feb. 17, President’s Day. The crowd favorite is building a strong position in the box office.

Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) is average. A construction worker LEGO character, Emmet follows all instructions and doesn’t stand out. When he finds a young woman, Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), sneaking around the construction site, Emmet accidentally comes in contact with the legendary Kragle, the Piece of Resistance that can protect the LEGO world from the evil President Business (Will Ferrell). Thought to be the Special from a prophecy by the wise Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), Emmet joins Wyldstyle on a trip through various worlds to plan an attack on President Business’ headquarters but is pursued by Bad Cop (Liam Neeson), Business’ henchman. While traveling and meeting other LEGO mini-figures, including Wyldstyle’s boyfriend, Batman (Will Arnett), Emmet realizes he does not have the Master Builder powers he needs.

For fans of LEGO, especially those with years of experience, “The LEGO Movie” is a fun movie with many references to many of their different sets. The cast of characters features a variety of great comedic voices and a few playful cameos, such as Channing Tatum and Cobie Smulders. As one would hope, it is a playful joy.

Though the action is chaotic and densely busy, “The LEGO Movie” maintains a high amount of adrenaline to keep children interested. The immense detail is occasionally jarring, but adults will appreciate the warm morals the film focuses on; much like “Toy Story 2,” “The LEGO Movie” reminds us that toys are for playing and not displaying and also highlights the joys of creativity.

Take note, LEGO: Though you left out your sad, sexist attempt at appealing to girls (LEGO Friends), a nine-year-old and a six-year-old girl both loved the film and have been playing with the “Star Wars” and “Batman” sets almost daily since their viewing. And they won’t stop singing “Everything is Awesome!” Conclusion: any gender enjoys fun. (Stepping down from my soapbox.)

Rating for “The LEGO Movie:” B+

For more information on this film or to view its trailer, click here.

“The LEGO Movie” is playing all over Columbus, in theatres such as Gateway and Arena Grand, and will continue its run for quite awhile. For showtimes, click here.