Average Score: 8.65/10
“Everything is Awesome”? Nearly. The new animated film ‘The LEGO Movie’ is about an average typical LEGO man named Emmet who does normal typical things like jumping jacks and watching TV. But it all comes crashing down as he finds a mysterious personnel in the construction zone and is willingly set to explore of who this mysterious LEGO woman is. The animation is bright and colourful which creates this fun environment within this beautifully crafted LEGO universe. Everything, and I mean everything, is created with LEGO. The movie seems to mix and blend both CGI animation with the feel of stop motion animation and creates this realistic world that the filmmakers were using real LEGO figures. That’s just how great the animation was, on par with Disney and, yes, Pixar. The jokes are hysterical and hilarious, with some jokes that were a bit of a miss, but I do believe this is the most hilarious movie of the year, so far. Guaranteed there will be a hilarious joke or two in every scene in the movie. The story is my main problem with the movie. The story is solid, but seemed to have been lost half-way through the movie and was a little bit too long than it needed to be, but it does provide the message of both corporate and the consumer, which I found to be very interesting of reality. The characters are also just as fun and memorable like Emmet and the fan-favourite Batman. Overall, ‘The LEGO Movie’ is a high flying ride of awesome and fun which mixes with the film’s gorgeous animation.
Daniel's Score: 8/10
This review was published on April 12, 2014.
Rarely does a movie come along brimming with so much nostalgia it makes you pine after your long-lost childhood. 'The LEGO Movie' does this better than any other film I've ever seen. It is unrestrainedly fun and crafted with such careful attention to detail, the clever animation style chief among these, its breathtaking. In fact, imagination is both the key message of the film and its greatest strength. It feels like 'The LEGO Movie' was created by 8-year-old me for 8-year-old me. The pure creative nostalgia is so strong it nearly distracts from the humour of the film, that is if the jokes weren't equally as imaginative and self-referential. The first two-thirds of 'The LEGO Movie' are frought with raucous hilarity and energetic fun. But like the best animated movies, there is a deeper message here and it's not until the final act that this is revealed. This reveal may be jarring at first but in hindsight it makes perfect sense and really brings the film full circle. If you don't leave The LEGO Movie feeling like a kid again, you're doing something wrong. Now, who wants to come over and build LEGO with me? I bags all the green bricks.
Nic's Score: 9.3/10
This review was published on April 13, 2014.