The Lego Movie


legomovieIn the city of Bricksburg, happy-go-lucky construction worker Emmet Brickowoski meets a woman who believes that he is “the Special”, a person who is ultimately capable of stopping a superweapon. It may have looked like a stupid idea on paper, but the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) directors deliver a smart and well-paced adventure for kids and grownups alike. Gets off to a predictable start but overcomes its noisiness by playing around with every aspect of the Lego universe in ways that are creative and funny. The full range of its ambition becomes clear in the last 20 minutes and gets at the very heart of how we use Lego in our lives.

2014-U.S. Part Animated. 100 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Roy Lee, Dan Lin. Written and directed by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller. Song: “Everything is Awesome” (Shawn Patterson, Joshua Bartholomew, Lisa Harriton, Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone). Cast: Will Ferrell (Lord Business/The Man Upstairs). Voices of Chris Pratt (Emmet Brickowoski), Liam Neeson (Bad Cop/Good Cop/Pa Cop), Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle/Lucy), Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Jonah Hill… Will Forte, Dave Franco, Shaquille O’Neal, Channing Tatum, Billy Dee Williams.

Trivia: Williams and Anthony Daniels provide the voices of their Star Wars characters Lando Calrissian and C-3PO. Followed by a sequel, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019), and two spin-off movies, The Lego Batman Movie (2017) and The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017).

BAFTA: Best Animated Film.

Last word: “We just kept doing it until they forced us to stop. From the beginning, we were really skeptical of a LEGO movie, like any sane person should be. We just decided, ‘Well, there is a way to do it that would be kind of cool and not feel like it’s a giant commercial for toys.’ Luckily, the people at Warners and those over at the LEGO group were cool with that. We were like, ‘Really?! You’ll let us do this? All right! At some point, someone is going to tell us we have to stop, right?’ And here we are four years later!” (Miller, Coming Soon)

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