What can I say about what is probably the most popular film of 2014 so far. The Lego Movie has shocked everybody with its star-studded cast of some of the brickest a-listers in Hollywood right now. I had the pleasure of seeing this film on it’s first day in British Cinemas, which just so happened to be Valentines Day. Anyway, I digress, today I have the pleasure of reviewing one of the best family films I’ve seen in recent years.
Firstly, I must confess, I did latch on to the hype bandwagon for this film and was keeping an eye for a release date since some-time last year. As a big fan of the Lego games, I was eagerly looking forward to this experimental movie which involved the toys which have kept most of us playing over the last couple of decades. The film built up it’s cast of some really class acting talent – including: the one and only Morgan Freeman, Hunger Games’ Star Elizabeth Banks and Arrested Development’s Will Arnett, as well as one hell of a supporting ensemble which is simply too vast to even begin to list.
The thing which perhaps fascinated me most about this film was it’s consistent and genuinely amusing humour which was definitely persistent throughout and at some moments, had the entire cinema giggling to themselves like a school-girl. It is an important point to state that the ratio of adults:children in this screening was very much in favour of the former. The humour was stylish, witty and not sparse, which is always a positive, considering the amount of recent comedies which have the humour, but simply not enough over the film to keep you entertained. The humour was very similar to that of the games, so if you’re a fan of the tongue-in-cheek style humour that we’ve seen over the last few years, then this film is right for you.
The other thing I loved about this film was the overwhelming number of actor and character cameos throughout the film: the fact that ‘Batman’ was in fact one of the main protagonists was simply a breath of fresh air to the very controlled cinema that we’ve been seeing in recent years. With Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill starring as Superman and the Green Lantern respectively, this film was definitely not shy to go in all guns blazing in terms of Cameo appearances. Not only was there an abundance of random characters in the Lego Movie but Star Wars favourites Billy Dee Williams (Lando) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) also voiced their characters for a short moment of the film.
My final main point is that this film was very aware of it’s target audience, which to be honest, was broad enough to cover all sorts of people: from die-hard comic fans to little children, this film had something for everybody. The self-awareness can be seen by the awkwardness of Jonah Hill’s Green Lantern, which is possibly referencing the atrocity which we saw a few years ago when it hit our screens. The Lego Movie combines the perfect amount of wit and humour with the balanced story and strong characters.
On to the more political and interesting side of the movie now, so if you were looking for a bit of light-reading, I’d consider stopping now. Anyway, this film is practically about a completely totalitarian state run by one dictator – Will Ferrell‘s President Business. The workers in this state have the same routine, eat the same things, watch the same boring sitcoms on TV and listen to the same repetitive, but actually damn catchy, song all day long. After the scene has been set, we get introduced to the Master Builder’s, those who dare to fight back against society, those whose minds have not been censored but the corrupt leader of the city. The master builders are very much independent towards the start of the film but as it progresses, we learn that they are capable of working together and when we work together, we can fight back against even the strictest, omnipotent governments. This is an important message in the film that many minors will not pick up but is definitely important nonetheless.
Anyway, to conclude, I loved this film. With the perfect balance of humour, story and connotations, it is something for the whole family to enjoy and therefore I highly recommend this film.
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