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Saturday February 8, 2014 MYT 7:00:00 AM
Saturday February 8, 2014 MYT 8:16:27 AM
By MICHAEL CHEANG
Whether you’re a kid or an adult, if you love Lego, you’ll love this movie.
EVERYTHING is awesome! And like its annoyingly addictive theme song suggests, The Lego Movie is also pretty awesome, setting an early standard for the funniest and most entertaining film of 2014 so far.
The plot is pretty simple – the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell) is obsessed with making sure everyone in the Lego world knows and stays in his or her place, and to make sure of that, he plans to use a relic called the Kragle to superglue everyone in place.
But wait! There is a prophecy (there’s always a prophecy) by the blind wizard Vitruvius (voiced by Morgan Freeman, who could read a phone book and make it sound good), who says that one day, a Master Builder called The Special will find the “Piece of Resistance” and free the Lego world from the evil grasp of Lord Business.
Which brings us to Emmet (Chris Pratt) an ordinary, generic, yellow-faced construction worker who finds the Piece of Resistance but is most decidedly NOT The Special.
Unfortunately, Emmet is mistaken for The Special by the beautiful (well, in Lego terms at least) Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and taken to meet Vitruvius and the rest of the Master Builders, which include (deep breath) Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Gandalf, Dumbledore, Abraham Lincoln, 1980s-something Space Guy, Michelangelo (the painter), Michelangelo (the ninja turtle), William Shakespeare and Batman (voiced by Will Arnett, and easily one of the funniest portrayals of the Dark Knight ever. Sorry, Adam West).
But never mind the plot. This is The Lego Movie, and everything is awesome (urgh, there goes that song in my head again). Whether you’re a kid or an adult, if you love Lego, you’ll love this.
As a kid, I used to play with Lego all the time, and my favourite part about it was that you could either follow the instruction manuals or break it up, mix it up and just build whatever you want out of those awesome little plastic bricks.
Well, the filmmakers must have had the same experience I did as they have incorporated those two orderly and chaotic sides of Lego into one, awesomely wacky film that isn’t just an extra-long toy commercial but one that truly captures the spirit of Lego.
It takes almost everything that is awesome about Lego – from the instantly recognisable instruction manuals, to the differently themed sets and mini figures – and mixes it all up into one giant emotional, nostalgic and hilariously insane Lego playground with so much going on in each scene that it would take repeated viewings to catch all of it.
The Lego Movie is more than just a movie about Lego, made to sell more Lego. It is a movie that harnesses the spirit of creativity and originality that Lego champions to make you laugh, cry, recall childhood memories, and finally, compel you to make a beeline for the nearest toy store to get a Lego set of your own.
Now excuse me while I get that darn song out of my head and assemble my awesome Lego Batmobile.
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