The Lego Movie

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The Lego Movie

Phil Lord (2014)

96min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
After several small-scale DVD features, the first big-screen Lego adventure takes the fun - and merchandising possibilities - to a whole new level. Thankfully, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have created a film every bit as imaginative, colourful and cleverly constructed as their plastic inspiration. The story centres on Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), a chirpy, rule-abiding construction worker for whom life is simply "awesome". That is, until he's chosen by a rebel group of master builders to stop President Business (Will Ferrell) executing his plan to keep the Lego populace exactly where he wants them. Our unlikely hero's journey treads a similar path to Kung Fu Panda and The Matrix but, in a savvy moment of self-awareness, the Lego-brick borders separating fantasy and reality are brought crashing down. Ferrell enjoys the most memorable role, but there's great support from Morgan Freeman, who plays a blind seer, and Will Arnett as a dour Batman - not forgetting Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams popping up to voice their Star Wars minifigure alter egos. The breakneck pace may be overwhelming at times, but the action is literally block-busting and the gags come thick and fast, while the film's message about freedom of expression is positively inspiring.

Summary

Premiere. An ordinary man leading a life of blissful ignorance in a city made of the construction toy is mistakenly identified as a chosen one destined to save the universe. He joins a mismatched band of heroes in stopping a plan to fix the world permanently in place. Animated comedy, with the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman and Will Ferrell.

Cast & Crew

Emmet Chris Pratt
Lord Business / President Business / The man upstairs Will Ferrell
Wyldstyle Elizabeth Banks (2)
Bad Cop/Good Cop / Pa Cop Liam Neeson
Vitruvius Morgan Freeman
Batman Will Arnett
Metalbeard Nick Offerman
Unikitty Alison Brie
Benny Charlie Day
Superman Channing Tatum
Green Lantern Jonah Hill
Lando Billy Dee Williams
C-3PO Anthony Daniels
Director Phil Lord
Director Chris Miller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Feb 2014
Comedy Drama