Monday, 17 February 2014

Review : The Lego Movie

Lego. It was voted number 1 in a survey of best children's toys of all time. And for those all wondering, will there ever be a Lego movie, well ask no more because it's here. And my god, was I impressed. To witness an entire world made out of Lego and experience the CGI animated characters springing to life. It was amazing.

The Lego Movie : An ordinary Lego mini figure, gets mistakenly thought to be the foretold extraordinary Master Builder, and is recruited to join a quest to stop the evil Lego tyrant 'President Business' from gluing the entire of Lego world together.

Hey everyone

Welcome to my review of 'The Lego Movie' which came out in cinemas last Friday. Now when I was a kid, one of the toys I grew up with and played with was Lego. I used to collect all the Harry Potter sets and build them together, and it was great fun because with Lego there is so much diversity. You can build whatever you want or create whatever character you want.

So what persuaded the film makers at Warner Brothers to produce an actual film and come up with a story. I have to admit I was very apprehensive and very nervous about what was going to be able to pull off an achieve.

So all in all, what did I think of the Lego Movie. Well lets find out. The Lego Movie is a 3D animated film which follows the lead character, Emmet a completely ordinary Lego mini-figure who thinks life is great, and is always happy and he goes about life in order, until his life changes and he is mistakenly identified as the most "extraordinary person" and the key to saving the Lego universe.

An ordinary guy, Emmet is mistaken as being a "Master Builder" or one who can save the universe. Emmet and his new friends then go about embarking on an epic journey to stop the evil tyrant, Lord Business, who is bent on destroying their Lego universe by gluing it all together.

Here's a clip

What's so great about the Lego movie is how fabulously and effortlessly the actual generated animation is achieved. I think its great its generated into a sort of digital age, where people can relate to it not just by connecting building blocks and physically playing with Lego, but you got so many Lego computer games out now. Lego Harry Potter, Lego Batman, Lego Lord of the Rings to name a few. All of which connect with a target audience (Children).

For a family film, the story is great, it very appropriate to both young and adult audiences, though it's rated U so what could be expected. What I mean essentially is the humor in it is very balanced, you got your bits in there for the kids, and your bits for the adults as well. So in that sense of it being a family film, it's great.

The characters in it are great, To have people like Emmet, Wild Style, Batman, Lord Business, Good Cop / Bad Cop. All of which are very imaginative and well thought out characters that fit into the film brilliantly. Especially Lord Business. It represents to me, the corporate giants being the bad guys, and how they must be domineering and show they are in control 100% of time. That's why he wants to glue everything together by using the Kragal. He's not a bad guy, he may go about his plan in an evil way but deep down he just wants things to go his way. So Lord Business is a control freak basically.

If I have to congratulate the Lego Movie for anything, it would be the fact that it was really funny. visually stunning. The Lego world itself is immersive. You get these underlating landscapes of Lego presented for instance the Sea and the underwater setting, would be quite complex to pull off if done in stop motion, but CGI can just tackle that no problem.

I liked all the different worlds presented, You got a Coperate world, Western World, Wonderworld, all these different world co-egisiting in Lego Universe. And whats so great is when you get taken away from that to relaize actually it's all one big set up. And it's a young boy that's been playing all this time, and his dad is against him touching or playing with his set up. So there is an excellent twist in the film, which gives itself away in the advertising when it said '80% CG' and I just thought about it logically and put two and two together. Still a good twist though.

I'll be honest, if you don't think this film is for you then I wouldn't waste your time. But if your indesive about weither ot not to go and see it. I would say do go and see it.

I loved it. It was fantastic.

Awesome movie.

I will give it an 8/10 - It has its faults in parts.

Thanks for reading this guys.

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