Wednesday, February 12, 2014

MINI-REVIEW: The Lego Movie 3D

The Lego Movie

Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell


February 7, 2014

Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Warner Bros. Pictures

1 hour 40 minutes



Who would have thought that the movie about Lego figurines would be the most original thing to come out of Hollywood so far this year?  Well in a way, I did.  The directors/screenwriters of this film are Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and in case you don't recognize those names, they are the men responsible for making the hilarious kids flick "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," as well as the hysterical R rated action comedy "21 Jump Street."  So far, these men haven't done anything considered to be "bad," so I had some serious hope in this movie, despite how ridiculous the concept may sound.  After seeing the film, I can happily say that Lord and Miller have still yet to disappoint me, because this was just flat out awesome.  One part "The Matrix," another part "Toy Story," "The Lego Movie" offers kids and adults the opportunity to explore their imaginations and just to have a great time seeing some incredibly iconic characters bundled up into this unique and inventive story.

There really isn't too much wrong with this movie whatsoever.  Other than the fact that, for me, it was a little overhyped from the universal acclaim it received from critics and my peers, I really don't have anything to really complain about.  The voice actors are great all around, with each giving off their own comedic spin and all have their own moment to shine.  The animation in the characters and the settings look incredible, making the film feel fast and zippy while looking like a stop-motion film at the same time.  People may complain about the third act of the film, but for me, it really wrapped the film up smoothly and made me look at things featured in the film differently.  Screenwriters/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have yet to disappoint me, as they have proven themselves to be a creative force that you can't mess with.  Overall, "The Lego Movie" is fast, gorgeous, hilarious, and a film that has something for everyone, both young and old.  I even think the older viewers will get more of a kick out of this than the kids will, believe it or not.


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