So I have a huge list of films I still need to see.. some that have been out for literally years but I just haven't gotten round to watching. I'm planning on watching them for the remainder of this summer and review them hence why this review is on The Lego Movie which isn't out right now but actually came out earlier this year. I'm hoping my reviews will persuade you to watch any films that you've been putting off watching too so let's get on with it!
So I have a little obsession going on over Chris Pratt at the moment after seeing Guardians of the Galaxy. I've always liked him after watching Parks and Recreation for a little while and also seeing him in What's Your Number so I decided to watch some of his other stuff. And I have to tell you The Lego Movie was definitely not what I was expecting considering it's primarily for children.
It's a computer animated/stop-motion comedy, adventure film. Directed and co-written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, it has an ensemble cast including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman. Based on the Lego line of construction toys, it is about an average, normal Lego mini figure construction worker called Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) who becomes an accidental hero. It is up to him to save the universe from the cruel Lord Business (voiced by Will Ferrell) who plans to obliterate the nonconformist creative communities with glue and an instruction manual. Emmet teams up with Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett), Princess UniKitty (Alison Brie), Metal Beard (Nick Offerman), Benny (Charlie Day) and of course Virtuvius (voiced by the amazing Morgan Freeman). You follow Emmet and his friends on a hilarious, adventurous, heart warming journey; all of which makes a great film.
I can honestly say I enjoyed the hell out of this film! For a film that's for kids.. it was really, really funny. I genuinely didn't think it'd be that funny and I might even go as far as to say it's probably one of the best kids films I've ever seen. Chris Pratt as Emmet was adorable because you really felt for him and connected to his storyline (even if he was just made out of Lego!). You really cheer for him when he does something awesome and also feel like hugging him when the baddies constantly remind him he's a nobody.
Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks, was totally badass. She didn't need no man to help her create stuff out of the Lego pieces and kick bad guys' ass! Her storyline is obviously predictable at the very end but it's actually nice to see a female heroine who doesn't need a man to save her every time she gets into a spot of trouble. You go, girl!
The in-jokes and gags just kept on rolling all the time. I was in tears laughing and had to rewind to watch some scenes again just because they were that comical. Some funny characters that really stood out were Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, who had some fantastic one-liners like "I only work in black.. and sometimes very, very dark grey!". Benny, voiced by Charlie Day, was hilarious with his obsession of wanting to build a spaceship every two seconds. Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius was probably the best thing I've seen. He was so hilarious and very quick witted despite his character being blind and old. He was also totally badass in a fight scene which goes to show just because you're old doesn't mean you can't still kick ass.
There were also some voices I recognised like Channing Tatum (Superman), Jonah Hill (Green Lantern) and Cobie Smulders (Wonder Woman). The banter between Superman and Green Lantern between scenes that didn't include the main characters were absolutely spot on and entertaining.
The Lego Movie was just really, really great to watch. It was very smart with its message about conformity hidden by satire and jokes while celebrating creativity and the power of imagination. It's highly enjoyable and amusing with jokes that come at lightning speed. Not only that, you will literally be left sat there singing the theme tune 'EVERYTHING IS AWESOMEEE.' Literally. That is what it's called. And it IS awesome.
Due to its massive success, a sequel is already scheduled to be released on May 26th in 2017!
If you're looking for a funny film that is light and heart warming with lots of action and jokes (that sometimes only adults will get), then this film is definitely for you.
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Thankyou for reading.