“Never have I been so happy and enthusiastic to watch a 100 minute advert for a children’s toy”

Lego Movie Review
By Simon Jago

The Lego Movie (2014)
Certificate: PG
Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell
Director(s): Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Screenwriter(s): Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman
Running Time: 100 mins

Now I know The Lego Movie is going to be stereotyped and labelled a ‘kids film’ but I think this is a completely unfair attitude to have. There is nothing wrong with a film tapping into the inner kid in all of us but despite this the film works on an adult level too and whether your the child unleashing your imagination with lego bricks or the parents lumped with the hefty bill and fond memories of cheaper times there is something for everyone in this action packed  adventure.

Emmet Brickowoski (Chris Pratt) is your every day ‘Lego’ man. Until he accidentally finds the piece of Resistance and is mistaken for the legendary MasterBuilder. Aided by The wizard Vitruvius voiced by Morgan Freeman and Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks) it’s up to Emmet to stop the evil Tyrant Lord Business (Will Ferrell). However, he’ll need the help of Batman (Will Arnett), Benny the 80’s something Space Guy (Charlie Day), Unikitty (Alison Brie) and many more in order to save the Lego Universe.

I honestly feel that this is a film that could not be improved upon. With an amazing cast of not just voice actors; Liam Neeson, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Cobie Smulders but licensed characters from the Lego universe as well such as; Batman, Superman, Ninja Turtles, Gandalf, Dumbledore, several Star Wars characters voiced by the original actors, the film really captures the essence of what it is like to have unlimited access to all things Lego and a childlike E number fueled imagination to capture on camera. Sure some of the jokes fall ever so slightly more on the side of child like in humour but the film its littered with references that would fly so high over the junior audiences head they’d need the Bat Plane to reach them.

I think if it wasn’t for the fact that this is widely considered a kids film, The Lego Movie could easily be on of the top films to see before you die. It’s original, creative, fun and ultimately a film that actually couldn’t fundamentally exist without Lego as it is so integral to the story. Well done marketing department on this one!

Never have I been so happy and enthusiastic to watch a 100 minute advert for a children’s toy. Lego Movie is a beautiful blend of humour, nostalgia, fun and genuine story telling craftsmanship. If you can’t appreciate Lego Movie then you either never played lego as a child or your a dead souless husk of a human being.

Maniac Rating - 4 Stars