The LEGO Movie 3D
Out Now On-Demand
The story of a nobody who saved everybody.
The directors of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and TV's Robot Chicken bring LEGO to life in this stop-motion-simulating adventure. Emmet (Chris Pratt) - a run of the mill, follow-the-rules, decidedly average little LEGO man - is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person ever and the key to saving the world from the evil President Business (Will Ferrell).
Emmet spends his days as one of many construction workers living repetitive, orderly lives under the reign of President Business, a crazed dictator masquerading as a benevolent ruler. When he unintentionally beats captivating stranger Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) to a mysterious object, Emmet is identified as "The Special", prophesied to defeat the evil plans of Business and his right-hand man Bad Cop/Good Cop (Liam Neeson). Drafted into a fellowship of heroes by a powerful wizard (Morgan Freeman), Emmet teams up with Wyldstyle and Batman (Will Arnett) to save the LEGO universe. Along the way they'll also encounter Green Lantern, Superman, a pirate, a (usually) cute kitty, Star Wars characters, a mystical realm known as Middle Zealand and much more.
The Danish-made plastic toys have had many spin-offs including a number of movies, though this is their first major movie release into cinemas. Animation duties were carried out by Australia's Animal Logic studio (Happy Feet, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole).
Best Animated Film at the 2015 BAFTA Awards.
Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Kids & Family, 3D
Rating: PG Low level violence
A five star film is often perceived as either ‘an emotionally crippling experience’ or ‘cinema on the brink of revolutionary’. While The LEGO Movie certainly isn’t an intense psychoanalytical musing on the human condition (thank God), it is an animated family film so joyously creative, so continuously hilarious and so hyper-aware of what it means to play with LEGO that future product-based movies of its ilk should use it as a template. If that’s not a cinematic revolution, it’s definitely dancing on the brink of it.
Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) focus their signature wit through the comedy styling of Robot Chicken’s animation director Chris McKay, creating perfectly timed chuckles that get the most out of limited – but no less visually gorgeous – stop-mo LEGO movement. From Chris Pratt’s Emmet stretching his back in the morning at a 90 degree angle to Liam Neeson’s Bad Cop trying to make sarcastic quotation marks with his claw hands, the giggle-inducing gags will infect humans of any age with their zany sense of humour.
The premise, with its “prophecy” that calls on “the special one” to “save the world” while trying to “win the girl” in the process, may seem very derived and conventional. And it is, but for all the right reasons – reasons that become resoundingly clear in the third act. It’s an ingenious wrap-up with the kind of take-home message that – much like Toy Story 3 before it – should send many kids and adults running back to their toy chest.
New York Times
Total Film (UK)
Time Out New York
At The Movies (Australia)
Sydney Morning Herald