*The last paragraph expresses short analysis for those who don't want to sit through the long read* So many of the movies and shows I've watched recently have been so good. I have been getting an itch to write about something awful. . . but it is not this day! The day will come when the age of film comes crashing down, but it is not this day!!! This day we fight!!!!!! Thanks Aragorn for the speech. . .
If you don't already know, the film revolves around the incredibly ordinary, yellow faced Emmet voiced by the intensely likable Chris Pratt. Much like Neo and Anakin Skywalker before him, he is the chosen one (known as “The Special”). His journey leads him to adventurous Wylde Style, voiced by the lovely Elizabeth Banks, and wise Vitruvius, voiced by the one and only Morgan Freeman. Oh yeah, and I can't forget BAAATTTTTMMMMAAAAANNN!!!!!!!!!!!!! voiced by the ridiculous Will Arnett. From there it is up to them to stop Megamind (um, I mean Lord Business) voiced by Chad Smith (um, I mean Will Ferrell).
Much like the The Grand Budapest Hotel this film is dominated by countless vibrant colors and quick paced dialogue. If you don't pay close attention, you're likely to miss something. Colorful characters also steal the show. Every character seems as if they're from the mind of a creative child mixed with an adult comedian. Their lines are accentuated with childishly silly, yet adult dialogue.
What is particularity good about the film is the emotional plot twist. I won't spoil anything, but for those who have seen the film know exactly what I am talking about. It is beautiful and elevates this film from being just another good movie to something great. Props to those involved in the screenplay for going there.
When it comes to flaws there aren't any. Sure, some will point to the frantic pace taking away from an emotional element. While this may be true, and may not make it quite as a rewarding of an experience, The Lego Movie is its own form of flamboyant art. Not all art needs an over-abundance of emotion. When it comes to getting the highest rating though, The Lego Movie falls short. Oddly enough, contrary to its slogan, nothing is awesome about the film. Don't get me wrong, everything is great about the film. There is no flaws that I can find with it. That being said, nothing in my estimation is the best (which is my lofty regard of the word awesome). The plot twist and the visuals come close, but they aren't so good that they'll stay with you weeks later.
While it my not be la crème de la crème of all animation, it doesn't need to be for me to recommend this film to everyone. Similar to playing legos themselves, this film is for all ages. This is the main thing I try to emphasize when I am describing it to people. Many want to see it as just a kids film. While I still want to make it clear that kids will love this film, it is intermixed with such a great story with much adult references and nostalgic elements that adults will get a kick out of it too. The Lego Movie is truly a great movie. It does not reach the heights of a movie along the lines of Toy Story, but there are few that can.
My Personal Preference: 4/5
How Well It Was Made: 4.75/5