A re­minder of how fun Lego can be,

The Church of England - - FRONT PAGE - Steve Par­ish

(cert. U), a stop-mo­tion an­i­ma­tion us­ing Lego fig­ures, has taken $140m in its first two weeks at the US box of­fice. Its lovely plot idea is that a non­de­script con­struc­tion worker Em­met Brick­owski (voiced by Chris Pratt) is called on to save the world in ful­fil­ment of an­cient prophecy, ex­plained by Vitru­vius (Mor­gan Free­man).

Em­met is aided by a fe­male fig­ure, Wild­style (El­iz­a­beth Banks), who rapidly re­alises he’s not that spe­cial. The de­stroy-the-world bad­die is Lord Busi­ness (Will Fer­rell), whose hench­man side­kick Bad Cop (Liam Nee­son) be­comes Good Cop by a twist of the head, and even sings Danny Boy.

There’s a lot hap­pen­ing – Shake­speare, Abe Lin­coln, Gan­dalf, Dum­ble­dore, a Star Wars se­quence, and a ma­jor role for Bat­man (Will Ar­nett) – “I only work in black. And some­times, very, very dark grey.” Such smart writ­ing keeps the adult in­ter­est go­ing in a su­perb fam­ily film that Phil Lord and Christo­pher Miller as co-di­rec­tors and writ­ers have crafted from the most un­likely of raw ma­te­rial – toy build­ing blocks.

The fi­nal in­ter­ac­tion with hu­mans is just bril­liant, and it must be in line for the an­i­mated film Os­car next year. Best song may be the thump­ing theme song “Ev­ery­thing is Awe­some” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6lHm-stXdM)

The lyrics are part of Lord Busi­ness’s mind con­trol to keep the work­ers happy, as is the trashy game show “Where’s my Pants?” What next? A Lego ver­sion of Me­trop­o­lis?

Should you need an re­minder of next weekend’s Os­car con­tenders, the Lego ver­sion of the posters is at www.dash­burst.com/os­car-nom­i­nees-lego-movieposters

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