Directors: Chris Miller, Phil Lord
Original Release: 2014
Choice: Purple Penguin's
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Emmet, an ordinary construction worker figure voiced by Chris Pratt, lives a happy but humdrum life. One day, he meets Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), a smokin' hot, mysterious female figure who believes Emmet is the "Special", prophesied to save the universe. Wyldstyle leads him on a crazy adventure to other LEGO worlds where a host of others join in the crusade against the evil tyrant, President/Lord Business (Will Farrell). Given the vast LEGO licensing empire, there are mini-figure cameos to satisfy nearly any geek affiliation: Gandalf, Dumbledore, Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Han Solo, Chewie, Lando, C-3PO and even Shaquille O'Neal.
Given that I already knew the story, I was able to sit back and better appreciate the truly stunning visuals this time. For the first 90% of the movie, nearly everything that can be made out of LEGOs is made out of LEGOs. Even when the animators could be forgiven for taking a break - car exhaust, dust kicked up during a desert chase - everything is LEGO. My favorite LEGOscape is the ocean waves.
The story is cute, told with engaging humor. I won't spoil the ending except to say that it's pretty much make or break for one's opinion of the movie. I like it. My Wife didn't care for it. I'm already eager for the sequel, coming 2017.
Go ahead, I dare you to keep this song out of your head: