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by Andrew Gill (subscribe)
Im a former English teacher, currently working in the world of galleries, museums and cultural services. More importantly I'm a dad and husband on the lookout for family friendly activities.
Published April 23rd 2014
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The Lego Movie

Billed as the first ever full length Lego movie, the story follows Emmett, a very ordinary, everyday guy who always follows the rules and does what he is supposed to. He likes what he is told to like, does what he is told to do, and enjoys what he is told to enjoy, and why shouldn't he, the most popular song tells him that "everything is awesome". That is until he suddenly falls (literally) into the role of the most extraordinary and important person in the universe, and learns that he is destined to save the world. Emmett must join with the Master Builders to save the world from Lord Business and the evil Cragle, and if he is lucky he might even find romance, if only Batman would get out of his way.

Rotten tomatoes gives this movie a 96% freshness score and states "Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story, The Lego Movie is colorful fun for all ages".

Sadly, since I was really looking forward to this movie, I have to give a dissenting view.

This movie had such huge potential as a throwback to children of the 80's (which includes me) and for the current generation of Lego fans it was almost a couldn't miss. It could have been an epic and hilarious movie, but sadly it does miss this mark by a very long way.

There are one or two chuckle worthy moments, especially for us oldies in the audience, but sadly you will have already seen them in the previews. My 4 year old daughter got so fidgety my wife had to take her out of the cinema (a task she was very happy to undertake) and they went to the shops instead. My 6 year old son liked it but did not love it, and as you can tell I am not a fan.

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At least Emmett seems to be enjoying it.

I'm really not clear who this is targeted at. It comes across as a movie written by children but trying to also be for adults and SPOILER ALERT once it gets into live action. Will Farrell is truly awful. The moral is nice, if a bit trite, and overall it would have been better as a half hour special on TV or straight to DVD.

I think this quote sums up the movie well, as Lord business attempts to thwart the hero Emmett. If you think it's hilarious maybe you will like this movie, if not I would steer clear.
Lord Business: "Hey, not so special anymore, huh? Well, guess what? No one ever told me I was special. I never got a trophy just for showing up! I'm not some special little snowflake, no! But as unspecial as I am, you are a thousand billion times more unspecial than me!"

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