The Lego Movie (2014) Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. With Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett.
I must confess, I like Lego. At 37yrs of age, that probably puts in a minority that most people would label ‘a bit odd‘. Thankfully, 2014 was the year that I discovered I was not alone in the universe. Thanks to Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the director-duo of The Lego Movie, I can finally proclaim my love to the world, semi-unafraid of being ridiculed back into hiding.
The film is about Emmet, a regular Joe Lego mini-figure, going about the routine of everyday life in his job as a construction worker (of course). Then, one day, he stumbles across ‘the piece of resistance’, setting about his mission to liberate the people and overthrow President Business (Will Ferrell), the tyrannical ruler of the Lego world.
On the face of it, a Lego movie sounds like a cynical cash-in. And in a stroke of pure genius, the central plot of the film is partly a satire on just that. Aside from the very clever subtext that’s woven into the script throughout, The Lego Movie is a 100 minute, unashamed leap for joy. It’s one of those experiences that you could easily wear a huge smile throughout, not even realising. From the inventiveness of mashing together so many characters from popular culture, to the colourful orgy of the spectacle of seeing so much love thrown at the screen, the film clicks into place as easily as pressing together two of its little bricks.
Some might sneer at the prospect of a film about Lego, yet in truth, it’s wildly imaginative, with a script more incisive than much of what is made for ‘adults’. In a sense, it had no right to be this good. Anyway, must dash. I have some Lego in my loft that isn’t being played with. SPACESHIP! 4.5/5