The Lego Movie

June 29, 2014 No Comments

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Stuck in the recently arrived summer doldrums?  Tired of 3D extravaganzas and sequels?

The Lego Movie has just been released on DVD and is currently available on Comcast On Demand.  And it is AWESOME.

The praise heaped upon this inventive movie is no secret, but if you missed it on the big screen (like I did), now is the time to see what the hype was all about.

It is a challenge to capture the appeal of a CGI film made to look like stop action involving (yes) Legos.  Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have invented a Lego universe that teems with action,satire, wit and heart.  And Legos.  The movie offers the story of Emmet, a conventional construction worker who lives oblivious to the conformity of his life until a diabolical plot by an arch villain thrusts him into the role of “The Special” who must save the world from destruction on a day marked “Taco Tuesday” (see why it is hard to describe?)

The voices of Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks and Liam Niesen animate their Lego characters.  The Lego world of “master builders” is populated with well known action heroes (Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonderwoman),  historical figures (Abraham Lincoln and Michelangelo), cameo appearances by the likes of Han Solo and Chewbacca) and a wise wizard  named Vitruvius (perfectly voiced by Freeman).  And Shaquille O’Neal!   Together, they struggle to defeat the evil Mr. Business, his legions of Micro Manipulators and a secret supply of Crazy Glue.

The AWESOME nature of the film is pronounced by the catchy- spoofy tune  “Everything is Awesome” ( a testimony to mediocrity) which repeats throughout the movie.

This film really is the kind that adults and kids can share.  It does borrow a bit from the Belgian stop-action classic “A Town Called Panic”(which is probably a better film), but Lord and Miller run with their own ideas and clearly make this film uniquely theirs.

Everything IS Awesome!

Jolyn Wagner

 

 

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