by Roy Runnels
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When I first saw the trailer for The Lego Movie, all I saw was a cheap cash grab to sell more Lego sets. The idea of a movie about Lego’s just didn’t really work to me. As time went on and more info (and trailers) started coming out, the better and better the idea became. All of the sudden we had an all star cast and trailers that were really funny. It may not be a cash grab, but I guarantee that this movie will sell Lego sets.
Growing up on Lego’s it was really easy for me to jump right into this movie as soon as it started. The aesthetic screams stop motion, even though close to the entirety of the movie is CGI. The way the movie is made makes it look as though you are looking at real Lego figurines. It’s the small touches that really sell it. The plastic sheen as the light hits each brick and the small scratches makes it look as though someone built the sets out of real Lego bricks.
However, looks aren’t everything. A movie could look amazing, but if the story or humor aren’t good then it will break a movie. That is not the case here. The story is top notch with a lot of heart to back it up, and the humor is something that kids and adults can appreciate.
What sends the movie even further into great quality territory is the amazing voice cast. There is everybody from Morgan Freeman to Liam Neeson, along with other big stars rounding out the supporting cast. There is even some that only pop in for a brief few seconds that I won’t spoil here. The main characters, Emmet (played by Chris Pratt) and Wyldstyle (played by Elizabeth Banks) play incredibly well off of each other. Throughout their journey you can expect the two to come across characters that franchises that Lego makes sets for. You can expect some super heroes to show up as well.
There isn’t much I can say about the story without ruining the incredible pacing and heart the movie establishes, so all I can really say is that no matter what age you are, this movie is perfect for you. All I can hope for now is a sequel and a bunch of Lego Movie Merchandise that I will gladly buy.
Check out the trailers on the movie website.
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