The Lego Movie is a love letter to the imaginative community of 'Master Builders'—everyone who indulges in the popular pastime of fitting plastic pieces to create things. This is not just a glamorous venture for Lego fans though. There is a solid and poignant story beneath the slick visuals brought to you by Australia's Animal Logic.
Emmet (Chris Pratt), construction worker, goes about his daily routine in the lively Lego world where everyone follows their own set of instructions. Instead of joining his colleagues for dinner after work he finds himself chasing a girl who is trespassing on a construction site. And so begins an exciting journey where our average protagonist learns that he may have a 'special' role to play in a prophecy to save Legoland…
The 3D experience is worth it. As a lifetime Lego fan it was fun to spot the bits and figurines I have in my own collection like the sharks. When something exploded the debris was all tiny Lego pieces. The settings from The Old West to Middle Zealand were rendered using Lego objects, which flaunted a stop-motion animation effect that juxtaposed nicely with the smooth computer generated assets.
Batman (Will Arnett) joins the story however he surprisingly didn't steal the show. Bat puns aside, there was a brilliant crossover cameo where the Millenium Falcon picks up the Dark Knight for a joy ride. That awesome moment when you realise they managed to bring Lando (Billy Dee Williams) and Threepio (Anthony Daniels) onboard for that brief segment.
Charlie Day voiced my favourite character, Benny the astronaut. Not only was that 1980s-something-space-guy a nostalgic hit he was also consistently hilarious. The poor guy just wants to build a spaceship.
Other famous actors lend their talents to the story too. Lord Business (Will Ferrell) tasks Bad Cop (Liam Neeson) with recovering the 'piece of resistance' from our unlikely hero Emmet. Morgan Freeman's character plays the wise mentor while Elizabeth Banks is the love interest, Lucy. There are so many surprises in store.
The music throughout the feature was fantastic and matched the manic pace. You can blame Mark Mothersbaugh (of Devo notoriety) for that one song that may get stuck in your head.
It is obvious that The Lego Movie is kid-friendly however do not let the premise fool the adult audience into thinking that the plot is dumbed-down. Quite the contrary. You can tick all of the boxes from Joseph Campbell's 'Hero's Journey' template and still delight in what the formula presents.
There is also a strong message in the final act that is heartfelt and unexpected. It is at this point that themes such as individuality and creativity truly shine through and help us interact with our inner child. For a kid's movie this one is very deep and sets it above the average feel-good animation.
Whether you partake in the hobby or not there is much to enjoy in this state-of-the-art spectacle. Next time I visit the shops I'll be grabbing enough Lego to make my own pirate robot. When the credits roll you may find yourself singing 'everything is awesome'.