We’ve been sent a copy of The Lego Movie*, or as it’s known in our house the “AWESOME MOVIE!” (said in movie preview style American voice) to review. I should first state that this is in no way an objective review because IT'S AWESOME!
It made us laugh, it made us cry (mostly with laughter). Despite the characters being little animated plastic people (and things) there was real jeopardy, real triumph, real adventure. And did I mention, it made us laugh?
So, there is an ordinary guy (made of Lego) who is told he’s the special, the greatest Master Builder of them all, who must save the (Lego) Universe from the evil of Lord Business, who is bent on ultimate control of everything, and everyone Lego. And that just about sums up the plot of the lego movie, but doesn’t even begin to describe this fantastic, subversive satire about the drawbacks of conformity and the power of the imagination.
Despite a baddie called Lord Business, this film could easily have simply become an over long advert for the Lego brand. Leaving us parents feeling like we had been slightly stitched up by the powerful combination of, toy manufacturing multi-national and Hollywood studio. But instead, this is an entertaining, creative movie that children and adults can enjoy together. Doing that clever thing that Toystory pulls off so well, allowing us to laugh at the same joke from a slightly different point of view. This joyous movie celebrates the imagination of our childhood and glories in it’s zany logic.
We loved it the first time we saw it at the cinema as Mr Fox’s birthday treat. That’s what I mean about it appealing to both children and the child in the adult. The nostalgic stop-frame style animation, the in jokes, the pop culture references and the genre smashing storyline appeals to the adults, while the vivid colour, superheroes, unicorns, good v evil, slapstick storyline appeals to the kids.
We love Lego in this house. Both the little foxes have played with it from their early Duplo days, to the complete worlds they now create, that take up the whole playroom floor and that I am not allowed to put away for weeks on end.
My only, only, issue with the movie is that with it’s positive message of creative play and building free form creations rather than following the instructions, the Lego playsets that came out after the movie to exploit it’s success were of exactly the latter type. But, it did make us go to the Lego website, ignore the movie tie ins and seek out the Bricks & More Range that gives you all the loose Lego bricks you could want to make your own Lego creations come to life.
And finally any review of this film simply would not be complete without mention of the song, yes, that AWESOME song that my children sang repeatedly for weeks after, and anytime the word AWESOME is said since. I can say little to describe it's awesomeness, instead, here, see what you think...
|*We were sent this movie to review by Suppose.com|