Legos is one of the -- if not the -- most popular toy ever made for kids. There seems to be no limit to what can be done with legos. As the years progress, there have been more imaginative creations. And now pushing toward even more and new creative boundaries is The Lego Movie.
Emmett Brickowski is an ordinary construction worker who does everything by a how-to-do-everything-right book. Emmett -- like most in the Lego universe -- is a sheep, clueless about the evil done by his world's leader, President Business.
One day, Emmett sees Wyldstyle poking around a construction site. It's love at first sight, and Emmett follows her down a hole. There, he accidentally fulfills a not-so-ancient prophesy. It leads Emmett to discover worlds he didn't know existed and thrusts him and the film's other rebels into a dangerous conflict with President Business, who may not be what he appears.
To truly fulfill the prophecy, the ordinary Emmett has to become a MasterBuilder. To get there, he's introduced to others of that ilk, like D.C. Comic characters Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the Green Lantern, Shakespeare, the wizard Vitruvius and Abraham Lincoln. They're pursued with much good humor by President Business' head cop Good Cop/Bad Cop.
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The plodding Emmett is voiced by Her's Chris Pratt. Wyldstyle and Batman are done tongue-in-cheek by Will Arnett, who wowed us as Surly in The Nut Job, and Elizabeth Banks. Morgan Freeman does Vitruvius, Will Ferrell is President Business. Other vocal chores are handled by Jonah Hill, Charlie Day, Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Liam Neeson, Channing Tatum and Star Wars Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels.
Animated features are usually loved by kids but are iffy for adults. No bricks are laid with The Lego Movie. The colorful pieces are brilliantly moved via special effects executed by Cloudy with Meatballs writer/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. They stick in a hilarious twist that is imaginative and unexpected. But Lord and Miller have nowhere to go with the story once it arrives.
But who cares?
The snappy screenplay is a hoot. Adults will love the patter, and much of the adult humor will zip over the heads of children, who will dig the characters, the action and the legos.
Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Stars: Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elisabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Charlie Day, Will Forte, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman, Shaquille O'Neal, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams
Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars
Rated PG for mature themes. It's playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.
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