Flash Movie Review: The Lego Movie

It does not come with batteries nor does it need to run with any other power source. What I am referring to is our imagination and creativity. From the back porch of the 3rd floor apartment I grew up in, I could see to the end of the block. Each backyard was a different kingdom in my fantasy world. Taking empty plastic dishwasher bottles with their push-up tops, I would fill them up with water and they would become bombs I would use to protect my castle. When I had to go on a fact-finding mission, I would use the back alleys covered with gravel to cover my tracks. During these missions I would hold out a ballpoint pen at arm’s length, turning it into a spaceship that was protecting me from any enemy missiles. I could spend hours outside coming up with several activities that were fueled by my imagination; some incorporated my friends while others had to be done secretly by me. The creativity coming out of the writers’ imagination for this animated action comedy reminded me so much of my childhood. I believe everyone could relate to something in this fun film. Chris Pratt (Her, Wanted) voiced happy-go-lucky Emmet Brickowoski who loved everything he did in his structured life. One day an unusual misstep brought him in contact with Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games franchise, People Like Us), who mistakenly believed he was the chosen one to save the world from the evil Lord Business, voiced by Will Ferrell (Stranger Than Fiction, Step Brothers). The kaleidoscopic explosion of colors, rapid fire comments and crazy scenes kept me on my toes; in fact, I feel I need to see this movie again because I felt I was missing some of the details. I understand the cast did their recordings together instead of the usual way of each actor being by themselves in the recording booth. It made a difference in my opinion; there was a stronger fluidity to the verbal exchanges. Will Arnett (Blades of Glory, Arrested Development-TV) as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List, Taken franchise) as Bad Cop/Good Cop and Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby, Now You See Me) as Vitruvius were just a few of the voices that stood out for me. There was so much that was good about this film that I do not feel I even have to tell you about the minor stuff. The bottom line for me was this movie took a familiar product and with a big dose of imagination provided me the opportunity to have a fun time while recalling some fond memories from my youth.

3 1/4 stars

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 10, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 34 Comments.

  1. Yes again! A child imagination is a window or even a barometer of intelligence. The more imaginative the more intelligent! I have even seen some less than knowing parents reprimand children for lying about something thus stifling imagination development. Sounds like a good movie there and more likely to investigate after your positive impression. Thanks , Joltz ……claudy

    • I love what you wrote here. Hopefully you can see this film and let the child in you come out and play. I would enjoy hearing your thoughts after seeing this fantastic movie. Thanks as always for your insights and comments.

  2. I am stoked. I have not seen it yet, but as and AFOL (adult fan of Lego) I am looking forward to it, even more so since Fox news has found it fit to dub the movie anti-business and communist.

  3. Hearing many good things about this one. Hope to see it this weekend.

  4. oh this looks like fun!

  5. There are two people in my household obsessed with Lego. One is 42, the other is 9 ! Lol. With a handful of Lego made DVD movies under their belt, I (we) look forward to seeing the big screen version !

  6. A must see! LOL many times. Great msg for all.

  7. i saw this today and it made me laugh. Best Picture nominees Lego movie posters. Enjoy !

  8. I’m happy to see your review of this movie. We are wanting to take my grand daughter to see it, but we weren’t quite sure if it would be any good.

    • I am glad to help out. I will say if your granddaughter is quite young she may not understand some of the references; however, the film is such a visual joy. Please let me know what all of you thought of the film after you see it. Thanks for coming by to leave your comments.

  9. For me, childhood was more about Hot Wheels, G.I. Joe and He-Man. I can’t remember ever owning my own LEGO set but I do remember playing with them from time to time. This one is on my list to watch. It’s not at the top of the list but it is definitely there. As an aside, Jimmy Fallen on The Tonight Show joked that President Obama just watched a private screening of The Monuments Men or as Joe Bieden put it, “Not the LEGO Movie.”

  10. Excellent review. You summed up The Lego Movie beautifully in your last line: The movie actually induces a big dose of imagination and provides us a fun filled ride, while offering a generous dose of nostalgia.

    • Thank you for coming by to leave your kind comments. If you have not seen this film yet I hope you get the chance.

      • I missed in when it released over here in India, since my leg was fractured at that time and I was unfortunately confined within my four walls. Waiting for the DVD to be released now.

      • Oh no, sorry to hear about the fracture and hope you are better now. I think the film will translate fine from the big screen to a television. When it comes out I would enjoy hearing your views. Take care of yourself.

      • Yea, my leg has healed and I’m well now. Thanks for asking. I’ll surely be posting my review on “The Lego Movie” the moment I see it.

      • Oh good to hear on both counts.

    • Russell, thank you for coming by to leave your kind comments. I am glad you enjoyed the film as much as I did.

      • Even though I haven’t yet seen the film, I have heard great things about it from many friends and numerous other reliable sources. People who enjoy being entertained by good quality cinema. Plus, I was always interested in this movie from the time I saw the trailer due to its. nostalgia factor. Just can’t wait to grab a copy of the DVD.

  11. I liked this one, too — overall. I particularly liked how the film brought everything together at the end. At the same time, I think I wouldn’t have been disappointed if this movie had been shorter. I got kind of tired of it about halfway through. My daughter loved it, though. And so did the other adults with us, all of whom are true Lego fans.

  12. I watched this movie solely because my wife rented it for my youngest son and I happened to be in the background when he started watching it. It have to say it surprised me more than just about anything else I’ve seen in the last five years because my expectations were so incredibly low. I think your review and rating of it are spot on.

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