Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson. Warner Bros.
Decent Films Ratings
|?Kids & Up|
Content advisory: Much highly stylized action violence; very mild language and brief mild rude humor.
From a National Catholic Register review
By Steven D. Greydanus
Here is something I didn’t see coming: The freshest, most unique animated family film from any Hollywood studio in well over a year is … based on a line of brightly colored plastic construction blocks and assorted accessories. I’m not kidding!
In fact, I’m tempted to say that, prior to The Lego Movie — from writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs fame — the last Hollywood-distributed animated film to attain comparable levels of goofy invention, freewheeling creative weirdness and sheer visual novelty was, um, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. But 2011 saw DreamWorks’ surreal Puss in Boots, as well as Gore Verbinski’s Rango, which isn’t my thing, but you have to admit it’s one of a kind.
Writing this is, I confess, an exercise in cognitive dissonance. Last year, when someone on Twitter linked to the trailer for The Lego Movie with the caustic aside, “This is a real movie — not a joke,” I cracked, “Depends how you define ‘real movie’ and ‘joke.’” Earlier this week, riffing on growing critical and popular enthusiasm over the film, another wag on Twitter joked, “I eagerly await the Chutes & Ladders movie now that the Rubik’s Cube 3-D rom-com is in turnaround.”
Yeah. A movie world of big-screen tie-in movies based on toys and games is so not a world I want to live in. Does anyone really look forward to the next Transformers, Battleship or Prince of Persia? Looking ahead, Angry Birds is coming in 2016. Right now, as far as I know, somewhere out there, Adam Sandler is working on Candy Land. If that doesn’t fill you with ennui, what would?
Yet here we are, and The Lego Movie is the rebuttal of all my arguments.