I had been looking forward to this movie for a long time, while I don’t still play with Lego, it was definitely a big part of my childhood. I know this movie was meant to really appeal to kids, but I went with a group of people ranging from 19-30 years old and we were laughing the loudest out of anyone in the cinema, so if you’re thinking you might be too old for this movie, think again!
The movie sees Emmet (Chris Pratt), a construction worker, become an accidental hero who must work with Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), the wise leader of the master builders, Vetruvius (Morgan Freeman), and the likes of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman to stop President Business (Will Ferrell) from acting out his plan to stop any kind of creativity by gluing everything perfectly into place.
We’re talking no building without an instruction manual – gasp!
The animation is great, it’s made to look like it’s stop-motion but it’s completely CGI, and perfectly mimics the way Lego move in real life (there’s a funny jumping jacks gag in the beginning that shows this really well).
As I mentioned, it’s hilarious and definitely not just for kids. You’ll be hard pressed to find a minute where you aren’t laughing. It's really got the full package - action, comedy, a little romance, and a musical number!
I’m not going to be cynical like a few others and say it’s just a ninety-minute commercial for Lego, it’s genuinely a great animated film that pokes fun at itself and the ending definitely resonated with a few of those bigger ‘kids’ (the dads!) in the audience.
In the words of the film's theme song, everything is awesome and people of all ages will enjoy it, though the younger ones might not quite understand the humour all the time, it’ll keep you entertained and leave you wanting to play with your old Lego sets. The only really disappointing thing about this movie is the fact that it was animated here, but we had to wait for ages before it came out here!