‘The LEGO Movie’ Review (Post #140)
The LEGO Movie is one of the best animated films in recent history, if not of all time. It is creative accomplishment. The LEGO Movie succeeds in everything the creators (Phil Lord, Christopher Miller) set out to do.
First the have imagined a bright and beautiful world that we immediately except and love. I think it helps that nostalgia kicks in and brings us to a place many of us haven’t visited since our childhood. Not only are we given a grand LEGO city of our dreams. But beyond that we are gradually introduced to more genre specific LEGO styles that continue to drive our imagination and make us yearn for a chance to jump into our childhood and start building. But the amazing thing is we can, are LEGOs only for kids? Absolutely not. This movie teaches us that our childhood is always there if we just let go of this life we call adulthood and grab onto it.
Second we are given a chance to let go of all preconceived ideas of how a comedy works, look at these toys presented to us and have a good time. And I mean a really good time. Not a minute goes by without a funny joke, pun, or comedic physical ploy. Not many movies make me guffaw, but The LEGO Movie made me release laughter like hardly any movie has done before. There is something about LEGOs making certain jokes and acting in certain way that would not have worked with a live action film. (Or even be possible?)
Third The LEGO Movie has heart. Through this story we are taught lessons about being special, and knowing that no idea is terrible. As every LEGO’s favorite song says, “EVERYTHING IS AWESOME”.
The voice talent here is spot on. The comic delivery by these actors is nothing short of genius. I know a lot of this has to do with the pacing in editing as well as the staggeringly creative visuals, but every aspect of The LEGO Movies melds together together to make a bang-up product.
The LEGO Movie will remain to be one of the best movies of the year, I have little doubt that it will make my top 10 films of the year, and we are hardly into February. It is one of the best animated movie I have ever seen, and I would place it among the best of Dreamworks, Disney, Pixar, and Studio Ghibli, as it succeeds in everything it set out to accomplish. Best of hopes for 2015’s Oscar for Best Animated Feature.