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Sunday, February 9, 2014

"The LEGO Movie" MOVIE REVIEW





Synopsis

The LEGO (R) Movie" is the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO (R) adventure. The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet (Chris Pratt) an ordinary, rules- following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.


The Review

Wise men has foretold, and by wise men, I mean the internet, that a movie about a toy product who has brought major improvements on children's imagination and has brought severe pain to those adults who didn't mean to step on one. It's easy to see by the trailers you can call this a promotional stunt or as good ol' Macklemore said it "getting tricked by business." But by being familiar to the product itself, is actually fundamental for the viewers to fully appreciate this one of a kind experience. 

The movie revolves around Emmet, who is pretty much one of those super generic LEGO minifigures, with all of his generic-ness he's actually a lovable and funny character. Not only that, but you are fully invested with the adventures he has to live through and it's fun seeing him go with it. But what are adventures without great companions, Wyldstyle's fun, may start off as your generic-ass-kicking female character like Jessica Biel's Melina from Total Recall, but you'd be surprise how there's so much more to her character as the movie progresses. We also have Batman, probably the most recognizable of the bunch, who's dark and broody for the sake of being dark and broody, with that being said you really liked how he was portrayed in this movie. Vitruvius, Spaceman Benny, Craggy, Bad Cop/Good Cop and Uni-Kitty, there's no way you'd not like them at all. The voice acting also adds up to characters as well. You won't know the cast is star-studded and you'd probably wouldn't care when you're invested at these characters and how perfectly they were portrayed. Who knew Jonah Hill was Green Lantern and Channing Tatum was Superman? who knew?

The effects in this movie may not be at the caliber of those of Disney's, but are done right. It's all 3D but are done in a manner that it would look like stop-motion animation. It's pretty hard to get by it at first, you'd have to sit back for a couple of minutes so your eyes can adjust but once they do sink in it's all pretty good. The story as well is great, who knew a movie like these would even have a story? It's made for kids but you wouldn't think of that. It's funny on many parts, it has those moments that hits you right into your very soul. The story also plays on the fact that is has very generic tropes and makes fun of those tropes. Plus the endless pop culture references that would respective geeks and fans giggle with every smile reaching their ears. But with so much in this movie, you can't help the feeling that it's dragging in time. Most are worth the time, a few can just be simply removed and no one would noticed. 


Final Verdict

This movie, I find, has that Wreck-It-Ralph pop-culture reference type trope and has that The Matrix chosen one storyline. Generally, the story is nothing new, how it was executed was the one that convinced me (and probably you) that this is the first great movie of 2014. It's fun, heartening, it has a great message that everyone can be creative in so many ways possible, thanks to LEGO. Everything about this movie is truly awesome



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