Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Lego Movie Review - 3½ Stars

“The Lego Movie” has a grand time poking fun at itself, at other movies, at historical figures, at just about anything you can think of and the fun comes at break neck speed.  Chris Pratt voices Emmet — an everyman construction worker who takes pride in following instructions — just like the complicated Lego toys today that come with detailed instructions.  But something  wicked is afoot.  President Business — voiced by the great Will Ferrell — plans to blow up the Lego universe to rid the world of creative chaos and create an ordered — order following — glued together Brave New World.  Seems everyone doesn’t follow instructions and the resulting creativity drives this guy crazy.  Pratt as Emmet is mistaken for the special one anointed to save the world from domination.  Guided by the soothsayer Vitruvius — voiced by Morgan Freeman — he joins the usual motley crew including valley girl Wyldstyle — voiced by Elizabeth Banks — and her annoying boyfriend Batman — voiced by Will Arnett.  Along the way they encounter Superman, The Star Wars Crew, the Green Lantern, an overactive kitty, and Abraham Lincoln on a flying marble throne.   The animation looks great.  I watched in 2 D and I have a feeling 3 D is awesome.  Speaking of awesome, Lego world rocks to the delightfully silly song “Everything is Awesome.’  What fun.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Kids movie for adults.  Is it entertaining?  Hilarious.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Great family fare.