Viewed – 11 February 2017 online rental
I thought I’d finally get around to this popular and highly regarded animated movie following the current hype for the newly released Lego Batman Movie. Now I must say despite being a big fan of animation, the style and concept of animated Lego characters didn’t exactly appeal and I think I only played with Lego bricks fleetingly as a child. However having played bits of various Lego videogames and hearing a lot of good things about this movie – I thought I’d give it a chance.
A nobody construction worker named Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) dreams of fitting in, having friends and enjoying life, but quickly realises most of his fellow workers ignore him because there’s nothing ‘special’ about his personality. One day following an incident at the construction site, Emmet stumbles upon a mysterious girl who catches his eye, then discovers a grand scheme involving a sacred relic and a megalomaniac President that might be his chance to become a ‘somebody’. This is fun, energetic and entertaining from the off and a clear satire of our growing superficial, social-media obsessed society and it’s focus on annoying EDM music as well as an obvious stab at our current political climate (with an eerie prediction of Trump). It’s not quite as sharp or as funny as I was expecting and is surprisingly light on pop-culture jokes or references other than appearances from various comic book and movie characters. Therefore, there’s not a great deal here for adults, unlike other animations. That being said it zips along at an almost exhaustive pace and throws plenty of action and spectacle meaning I was far from bored. A twist towards the end also turned the movie into a more heart-warming experience than up to that point I’d been lead to believe.
With memorable voice work from Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and Will Ferrell amongst others … this was still fun, but for me no animated classic.
Verdict: 3 /5