Bricks of awe­some­ness

Whether you’re a kid or an adult, if you love Lego, you’ll love this movie.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - Re­view by MICHAEL CHEANG en­ter­tain­ment@thes­

EV­ERY­THING is awe­some! And like its an­noy­ingly ad­dic­tive theme song sug­gests, The Lego Movie is also pretty awe­some, set­ting an early stan­dard for the fun­ni­est and most en­ter­tain­ing film of 2014 so far.

The plot is pretty sim­ple – the evil Lord Busi­ness (Will Fer­rell) is ob­sessed with mak­ing sure ev­ery­one in the Lego world knows and stays in his or her place, and to make sure of that, he plans to use a relic called the Kra­gle to su­per­glue ev­ery­one in place.

But wait! There is a prophecy (there’s al­ways a prophecy) by the blind wizard Vitru­vius (voiced by Mor­gan Free­man, who could read a phone book and make it sound good), who says that one day, a Mas­ter Builder called The Spe­cial will find the “Piece of Re­sis­tance” and free the Lego world from the evil grasp of Lord Busi­ness.

Which brings us to Em­met (Chris Pratt) an or­di­nary, generic, yel­low­faced con­struc­tion worker who finds the Piece of Re­sis­tance but is most de­cid­edly NOT The Spe­cial.

Un­for­tu­nately, Em­met is mis­taken for The Spe­cial by the beau­ti­ful (well, in Lego terms at least) Wyld­style (El­iz­a­beth Banks) and taken to meet Vitru­vius and the rest of the Mas­ter Builders, which in­clude (deep breath) Su­per­man, Won­der Woman, Green Lan­tern, Gan­dalf, Dum­ble­dore, Abraham Lin­coln, 1980s-some­thing Space Guy, Michelan­gelo (the painter), Michelan­gelo (the ninja turtle), Wil­liam Shakespeare and Bat­man (voiced by Will Ar­nett, and eas­ily one of the fun­ni­est por­tray­als of the Dark Knight ever. Sorry, Adam West).

But never mind the plot. This is The Lego Movie, and ev­ery­thing is awe­some (urgh, there goes that song in my head again). Whether you’re a kid or an adult, if you love Lego, you’ll love this.

As a kid, I used to play with Lego all the time, and my favourite part about it was that you could ei­ther fol­low the in­struc­tion man­u­als or break it up, mix it up and just build what­ever you want out of those awe­some lit­tle plas­tic bricks.

Well, the film­mak­ers must have had the same ex­pe­ri­ence I did as they have in­cor­po­rated those two or­derly and chaotic sides of Lego into one, awe­somely wacky film that isn’t just an ex­tra-long toy com­mer­cial but one that truly cap­tures the spirit of Lego.

It takes al­most ev­ery­thing that is awe­some about Lego – from the in­stantly recog­nis­able in­struc­tion man­u­als, to the dif­fer­ently themed sets and mini fig­ures – and mixes it all up into one gi­ant emo­tional, nos­tal­gic and hi­lar­i­ously in­sane Lego play­ground with so much go­ing on in each scene that it would take re­peated view­ings to catch all of it.

The Lego Movie is more than just a movie about Lego, made to sell more Lego. It is a movie that har­nesses the spirit of cre­ativ­ity and orig­i­nal­ity that Lego cham­pi­ons to make you laugh, cry, re­call childhood mem­o­ries, and fi­nally, com­pel you to make a bee­line for the near­est toy store to get a Lego set of your own.

Now ex­cuse me while I get that darn song out of my head and as­sem­ble my awe­some Lego Bat­mo­bile.

Phil Lord

Chris Miller and

Chris Pratt, el­iz­a­beth banks, Mor­gan Free­man, Will Fer­rell, Will ar­nett, Chan­ning ta­tum, Jonah Hill, Liam Nee­son, Nick Of­fer­man, ali­son brie and Char­lie day


They’re awe­some: Meet the fun­ni­est bat­man ever (voiced by Will ar­nett) in this scene from theLegoMovie. He’s with the Lego-beau­ti­ful Wyld­style (el­iz­a­beth banks) and ac­ci­den­tal hero, generic, yel­low-faced con­struc­tion worker em­met (Chris Pratt).

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