The Lego Movie
The Lego Movie is a Australian-Danish-American 2014 computer-animated comedy film written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from a story by Lord, Miller, and Dan and Kevin Hageman. Based on the Lego line of construction toys, the movie follows on an ordinary Lego minifigure who finds himself helping a resistance stop a tyrannical businessman from gluing everything in the Lego world into his vision of perfection. Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman provide their voices for the film's main characters.
It is first instalment for The Lego Movie franchise. The first film produced by Warner Animation Group, it premiered at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles, California on February 1, 2014, and was released in theaters on February 7, 2014 by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film was released in Australia by the film's co-producer, Roadshow Films.
The film has expanded into a major franchise which ties into the Lego brand, such as the sequel The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part; two spin-off films The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie; the 4D film The Lego Movie: 4D – A New Adventure; and the 2-D animated television series Unikitty!.
The film was dedicated to Kathleen Fleming, the former director of entertainment development of the Lego company, following her death in Cancún, Mexico in April 2013.
Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary LEGO figurine who always follows the rules, is mistakenly identified as the Special -- an extraordinary being and the key to saving the world. He finds himself drafted into a fellowship of strangers who are on a mission to stop an evil tyrant's (Will Ferrell) plans to conquer the world. Unfortunately for Emmet, he is hopelessly -- and hilariously -- unprepared for such a task, but he'll give it his all nonetheless.
Why It Rocks
- It jump-started the Lego Cinematic Universe.
- Brilliant animation. While most movies/animations about Legos are stop-motion, this movie takes a different approach and uses CGI animation, which allows more flexibility.
- The soundtrack is pretty good, and the song "Everything is Awesome" is catchy.
- The characters are generally quite likable.
- Most of the humor is pretty funny, such as when Unikitty tries to get into the office and starts saying "Business, business.. business!" and then asks a robot if it's working, who tells her it is.
- It's a movie that, while not having the traditional animation of Lego animations, is still faithful to the Lego brand.
- The ending scenes where the DULPO aliens revealed is great, and it makes wonder what happen in the sequel.
- It features a wonderful lesson about working together and being creative, as well as a good lesson about family towards the end.
- Batman is a awesome and hilarious that addition to the cast. In fact, he's got his own spin-off movie.
- This is an example of a product placement movie done right.
- Unikitty is an adorable addition to the movie, with her also having a side only achieved through anger. Not to mention, she is got her own television series as well.
- The film offers a terrific twist ending where all the events in the film have all been part of a child's imagination.
- Some moments can get very touching and emotional, such as the part where Emmet realized that his friends didn't really know who he was.
- The action scenes are entertaining.
- The scenes where Vitruvius is killed by Lord Business and his last words, "What I'm about to tell you... will change the course of history: BLEAGH!" is emotional.
- Hilarious running gags like Bad Cop kicking a chair.
- An awesome blend of action, adventure, comedy, drama, and fantasy.
- A very creative twist where it used Warner Bros. Pictures/Warner Animation Group and Village Roadshow Entertainment in the Lego form for the opening logo.
- Emmet is a very likable protagonist and do gets character development.
- Tons of cameo appearances from famous characters.
- Great dialogue, like "Darn, darn, darn, darny-darn!"
- The tone is very light hearted, and it still manages to have some serious moments.
- The movie reunited Will Arnett and Liam Neeson, who were previously for The Nut Job.
- This movie and actions was inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Chris Pratt is an awesome voice actor to Emmet.
- Thanks to this, he became an actor to Peter Quill from Guardians of the Galaxy and Barley Lightfoot from Onward.
Warning: Do not put any points among the lines of "its a ripoff of Midnight Express" in this bad quality section, as its just are coincidence.
- Some of the pop culture cameos are a little invasive and random, to the point where it feels like product placement for such properties.
- The film can get a little cliched at times such as the use of the "Chosen One" cliche, although it is later subverted when it was revealed to be a lie.
- Some of the dialogue is poorly-written, depending on who you ask.
- Vitruvius' death (while emotional) might have been a bit too intense for its target audience.
The Lego Movie was met with universal acclaim by critics and audiences, who praise for its animation, characters, soundtrack, story, and humor. Review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 96% approval rating and an average rating of 8.15/10 based on 246 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "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.". On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 83 out of 100 based on 43 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.
- During production, the animators did alternative takes in both 2.35:1 widescreen, and 1.33:1 Academy format, on the assumption that not all theaters booking the film would rush to equip themselves with expensive wide screens and stereophonic sound-playback equipment. For the Amazon Prime version with bonus features after the film, a matted 16:9 transfer from the 1.33:1-framed flat negative was played. The flat 1.33:1 Academy format version however, did turn up in full 4:3 open-matte (1.33:1) on at least a few international copies on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray 3D and 4K Ultra HD outside of the U.S. and Canada, such as DVD and Blu-ray copies from France and Japan and a DVD copy from Brazil. All of these even feature the film's original English audio track.
- In LEGO Dimensions, Wyldstyle, Emmet, Benny, Bad Cop and Unikitty were all playable characters.
- This film was created simultaneously in both a 2.39:1 "scope" widescreen version for theaters that had anamorphic lens projection equipment and a 1.37:1 "flat" Academy ratio version (matted to 1.85:1 for theaters and 1.78:1 for Amazon Prime with bonus features) for theaters that used only spherical lens projection equipment. Each time a shot was completed for the scope version, the animators had to render another take for the "flat" version. Warner Bros. has released on Amazon Prime Video both the "anamorphic" and "spherical" versions, the latter of which also has bonus features after the film. Other CGI films also rendered in both aspect ratios included Cars, The Incredibles and A Bug's Life. The "flat" (1.37:1) version is also available on the second Blu-ray disc of the Special Special Edition Blu-ray release of this film, in matted 1.78:1 ratio and with a new audio commentary included.
- Abraham Lincoln is voiced by Will Forte, who also happens voice the character of the same name in the 2002 show, Clone High. Fun fact, said show was created by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the directors of The Lego Movie.