Over the years LEGO has not only stepped up their game in relation to the building sets, but also took the video game industry by storm with various popular properties with the LEGO twist. Since then they have been delivering numerous TV specials, series and straight to video movies so it was just a matter of time before it made its transition to the big screen in the aptly titled The LEGO Movie. It’s no doubt they have done some fun animation with the previous entries, but can they step up this big budget release to bring something new to the property?
The LEGO Movie follows an ordinary LEGO mini-figure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary Master Builder, who is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together. While this idea has been done numerous times in various formats, this addition the LEGO Empire does in fact step things up a bit more in numerous ways. First off the direction they went to make the film gives it a feel of actually playing with LEGOs while still believing they are alive. At first it feels a little choppy looking but then you get used to it and begin to see that it actually adds to the overall feel. The story stumbles a bit when it first starts, but quickly takes a turn for the better and never lets up until the very end. The previews showcase some of the characters involved including Batman, who sports some of the best moments of the whole film. In addition there are numerous surprise appearances from all across the vast universe that is LEGO. While it is an entertaining movie on its own, it’s the clever use of the LEGO’s themselves that makes it even better. There are some aspects that will most likely only be funny to the adults in the audiences but that just makes that much more entertaining.
When they announced that they were making a LEGO film it just sounded like a disaster, but this film was not only filled with some fun surprises and an unexpected direction, but just managed to deliver all the way around. It’s not only filled with a great cast including Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, and Alison Brie, but some other surprise voices that you may recognize. Not only was this film a lot of fun, it will be interesting to see where they go with this franchise as we all know with LEGOs there are endless possibilities.