Would you believe me if I told you that there is a film out in the cinema which is a remake of the Matrix as if it had been directed by David Lynch using Lego. Would it help if I told you this movie was a main stream film aimed at a family audience with a U certificate? What if I told you it was awesome?
All of three things are accurate descriptions of the Lego Movie from directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller – the minds behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Anyone who has seen that movie will know how Lord and Miller pull the surreal out of simplest stories. This time they take the standard fantasy quest, complete with prophecy, and turn it into something far weirder. Our quest focuses on Lego man Emmet (Chris Pratt) trying to save the world from President Business and his super weapon the Kragle. Of course Emmet can’t do it himself and requires the help of Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), the Wizard Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman with a performance that balances on the edge of self-parody), Unikitty (Alison Brie) and Batman (Will Arnett).
Yes you read that right, Batman. Arnett’s voice work is brilliant as he delivers a pastiche of Bale’s dark knight without turning the caped crusader into Adam West. In fact the performances all around are good. Special mention must go to Will Ferrell, who is normally very annoying actor but this time provides a moving and a funny performance as the evil President Business.
It shows you how good the movie is that it has taken this long in the review before mentioning the design of the film. While the movie is a CGI animation, every piece of the world is made to look like a real Lego brick, even the laser beams – which are blades from Lego lightsabers fact fans.
The film confirms its genius in a third act twist, that I don’t want to ruin here, but gives the movie a depth that even some of the better Pixar movies struggle to reach.
The Lego Movie could be summed up by the earworm of a song the movie has produced as everything is, indeed, awesome!