An ordinary LEGO mini figure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary Master Builder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together. (IMDB)
Writers: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller(Screenplay & Story) Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman (Story)
Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Stars: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, Alison Brie
Run time/Rating: 100 Minutes/ PG
Popcorn Score: Large Popcorn
The dark room had just gone silent. Packed in next to one another there wasn’t a person in the room more than inches from the next. The wind blew hard. The howling sound from outside the 4 paper-thin walls made you feel as if you were not safe for long. The sound of water splashing down on the roof and smashing sideways against the walls from the 40 miles per hour winds kept you alert. As an emergency exit door flew open the curtains framing the screen blew wildly all around showing off the plywood flats that add insulation from the outside. It was a perfect Saturday afternoon…to see The Lego Movie at the Neptune Twin Theater in Long Beach Washington.
Some experience at the theater these days are truly that, an experience. There can be great movie going experiences, stadium and reclining seating, in-seat drink service, flavored popcorns, full menus. Then there are the experiences at a twin theater built in the 90’s at a tourist beach town during the windy and rainy off season. The great thing about both is that as soon as the lights go down and the screen goes bright, the only thing that matters is the movie. And The Lego Movie was great!
Way, way better than all the other hyped up animated features geared towards kids but that give a friendly wink to adults as if saying, I know you have to bring your kids to this but we’ll try to make it enjoyable for you too. Lego Movie was just great, for adults. I would suggest that it is even better for adults than it is for kids. After all, which generation has played with Legos the most over the past 30 years? It is the young adults who are now in their late 20’s to 30’s who adored Legos in the 1980’s and 90’s. Until the very recent resurgence of the Lego Company, brought on in part by this movie, kids didn’t play with Legos in the first 10 years of this century. All of this praise for Legos aside let it be known that I was not a big Lego kid growing up. That doesn’t make a difference to enjoy the movie. Although I was confused when big numbers kept shooting up out of Legos throughout the movie (Apparently every Lego piece ever made has a number associated with it)
The movie follows Emmet the Lego “everyman” who is mistakenly assumed as the prophet who is sent to take over the controlling prison state that the Lego world is living in. Brainwashed to build and build endlessly and be happy and listen to the same song “Everything is Awesome” there is a small population of the Lego people who have revolution on their minds. As Emmet teams up with Batman and Wyldstyle, Unikitty, Blake, C3PO, Abraham Lincoln, the Green Lantern and many, many more fun Lego characters, their mission is to take down Professor Business, the president of Lego world who is planning to imprison the whole population by showering them with super glue. It makes sense when you see it and it is a ton of fun. Fantasy turns into reality with a surprising and fun finish that is as creative as the entire movie.