Music By Mark Mothersbaugh
Featuring Songs Performed by
Tegan and Sara (feat. Lonely Island),
Jo Li, Shawn Patterson and Sammy Allen
28 Tracks/Disc Time: 58:09
After several weeks atop the box office in which it is now the first film in 2014 to crack the two hundred million dollar barrier, "The Lego Movie" will no doubt be one of the best Animated films of this year and a true Oscar contender come next year and a sequel is already in the works, so life in Lego building world is looking grand. The film which was directed by the duo that directed the hit films, "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" and "21 Jump Street" and the upcoming sequel, "22 Jump Street", Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who have brought the world of Lego to life. Featuring the great talented voices of Will Ferrell ("Anchorman"), Elizabeth Banks ("The Hunger Games"), Chris Pratt ("Guardians Of The Galaxy"), Charlie Day ("It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia"), Will Arnett ("The Millers"), Channing Tatum ("21 Jump Street"), Jonah Hill ("Wolf Of Wall Street"), Cobie Smulders ("The Avengers"), Liam Neeson (Non-Stop"), Nick Offerman ("Community"), Alison Brie ("Community" and Oscar Winner Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby"), the film revolves around Emmit (Pratte), an ordinary LEGO minifigure who's mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder. He is recruited to join a quest led by the benevolent Vitruvius (Freeman) along with a group of famous Lego stars and misfits including Wildstyle (Banks), Unikitty (Brie), Batman (Arnett), Superman (Tatum), Benny (Day), Wonder Woman (Smulders), and the Green Lantern (Hill) to stop an evil LEGO tyrant named President Business (Ferrell) from gluing the universe together and becoming the ruler of Lego world.
Writing the score to the film is Mark Mothersbaugh, a former member and lead singer of the 80's band, Devo, who has gone on to great success in writing the music for "The Rugrats" animated series on Nickelodeon as well as writing the music for most of Wes Anderson's films that include "Bottle Rocket", "Rushmore", "The Royal Tennenbaums" and "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou". He recently scored the hit films for Lord and Miller, "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs" and "21 Jump Street" and was involved with both sequels for both films. The score to "Lego Movie" is frankly an energetic mess that to be honest doesn't have a real consistant tone, but it is very entertaining for what it is.
The score primarily features alot of electronics which most will love and most will absolutely hate that almost buries the orchestra for the most part. Tracks such as "Escape", (a solid highlight) "Submarines And Metal Beard", "Emmett's Plan" and "Reaching The Kragle" are good examples of this while excellent tracks such as "Requiem For Cuckooland", "Wildstyle Leads", "Let's Put It All Back", "My Secret Weapon", "We Did It!" and "The Truth" feature what could've been a grand score with a full orchestra at the core backed with a lovely choir that really brings out the full extent of Mothersbaugh's work, which is largely underappreciated. There's plenty to like here and these are the tracks that are definitely noteworthy due to the scores' ecclectic, uneven style which is the major minus here and the song "Everything Is Awesome!!!" performed by Tegan & Sara featured here are also grating to like.
There are moments that are really good, but mostly, it features a video game sound to the music with the remixed electronics that it really takes away from a grander more epic animated soundtrack it could've been. I'm frankly getting a little too tired of the overuse of electronics and a film like this one, it really didn't need it. I could've imagined what a great job Mothersbaugh would've done without the hip-hop styled beats and stuck with a more organic and symphonic score that really would've been a wow. You have the characters on screen already and the exceptional CGI effects, you don't need that grating sound at all. Unfortunately, this has become the norm for just about every score I hear nowadays and it's really really tiring. I really wanted to like this score and I was really looking forward to it and sadly, it is a major disappointment. "The Lego Movie" deserved a better score than it got, but it's alot better than most scores so I'll give it a slight pass, but still a reluctant thumbs down. (The film however is great!)