Everything is Awesome! – ★★★½
Directing team Phil Lord and Christopher Miller who were behind some of the funniest films of the last few years (chiefly Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street have done it again with their latest endeavour The LEGO Movie. It tells the tale of Emmet (Chris Pratt) an ordinary LEGO construction worker who just so happens to be the chosen one who will fulfill the prophecy and save the LEGO world from the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell).
Lord Business hates how people keep changing and don’t do exactly as he says, so he concocts an evil plan to cover everyone in glue making them stuck forever. Emmet is the only one who can stand in his way having unwittingly discovered the pièce de résistance, thus fulfilling Vitruvius’s (Morgan Freeman) prophecy. With the help of master builder Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and Batman (Will Arnett) the team must overcome many obstacles including their own self doubt (cheesetastic) to stand any chance in overcoming Lord Business and his henchman Bad Cop (Liam Neeson).
The film is odd in that it is both the most original and unoriginal animated film you’ll see this year. Nothing looks like LEGO – that’s part of its charm and the film exploits this to great ends. Everyone has played with the toy at some point and to see it come alive to such great depths is truly astounding. However the story is basically The Matrix with a touch of Tron and most generic childrens’ film with the moral of “everyone is special in their own unique way”. Tough, it is a children’s film so what do you expect?
There is a great subversive storyline at the core in how we’ve all become terrible worker bees, devoid of creativity and original thought. We’re all trapped in an Orwellian backwards utopia, happy to put up with the wrongs of society and towards the end it becomes one of the most meta things you’re likely to see this year. Many of the jokes will pass over the children’s heads, as will some of the older characters but one would imagine there is enough music and bright lights to keep the younger ones entertained.
The voice acting is brilliant with Will Arnett stealing the show as Batman. There are too many guest voices present to keep count, most notably Charlie Day, Anthony Daniels (the actual C-3PO), Jonah Hill, Jake Johnson and Channing Tatum.
The LEGO Movie looks like no other and will sit alongside the likes of Toy Story in the canon of children’s movies. It is certainly very funny and while the storyline is clever it isn’t that original. None the less, it will appeal to all and is a must for children big and small.
Released across Ireland on the 14th of February 2014