That’s right, a 20 year old man went to go and watch the Lego Movie. Guess what, he loved it! I originally got excited for the Lego Movie when they first released the advanced preview trailers late last year. They showed Batman. I decided I had to go. The first thing I want to say about the movie is that I will never forgive the director for some of the included music. It is so catchy! Very upbeat, very in your face, and weeks later I am still finding myself singing some tracks. I can imagine parents growing to resent it, but it’s so fun!
The plot was clever, while at the same time a reasonably tried and tested formula. In places it was predictable, but contained enough clever twists to keep this 20 year old entertained. Equally impressive was the [SPOILER ALERT] animation skills. Yep, unfortunately the movie is not made from millions of lego pieces, but instead created on a computer. Don’t let this detract from the experience though, as it wasn’t until after when I researched it that it really clicked. It is still a sight to behold.
The film has attracted many of the big name Hollywood stars: Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum, Liam Neeson, Jonah Hill and Will Ferrell to name but a few. It’s always exciting to hear the voices of some of your favourite stars, but see it come from the mouth of a little Lego person. Or is that just me? One thing I hadn’t accounted for was the HOARDS of screaming children who were also in the cinema. Not sure why I hadn’t given the nature of the film, but I had also forgotten it was half term. Yet somehow, it managed to make the whole experience more genuine, more communal. I was never really much of a child, yet I laughed in the same place as the children, as well as appreciating the jokes obviously intended for the adults.
That is part of the magic of the Lego Movie. It brings together children and adults in a timeless experience that most can relate to – the joy and countless hours letting your imagination run wild with Lego. Obviously no family film is complete without some kind of message, and this film is no different. Yet surprisingly it was one, in my surprisingly stressful life, I found resonated. The Lego Movie is by far the best film I have seen this year, and deserves all of the praise it receives. It’s fun, nostalgic, highly creative, visually striking and never takes itself too seriously. It’s a great film to take the kids to, or escape for 90 minutes and relive the time when you were one!