The Lego Movie
Suitable for any age
Theatrical Release: 2/7/2014
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe
Writer: Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Producer: Roy Lee
Director: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Runtime: 100 min.
MPAA Rating: PG
Starring: Will Arnett,
The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO mini-figure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously under prepared.
Chris Pratt ("Moneyball") stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell ("The Campaign") stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, uptight CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Liam Neeson ("Taken" and "Taken 2," Oscar nominee for "Schindler's List") voices the president's powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.
Starring as Emmet's fellow travelers are Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby"), as Vitruvius, an old mystic; Elizabeth Banks ("The Hunger Games," Emmy nominee for "30 Rock"), as tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest; Will Arnett (Emmy nominee, "30 Rock"), as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO mini-figure with whom Lucy shares a history; Nick Offerman (NBC's "Parks and Recreation") as a craggy, swaggering pirate obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Alison Brie (NBC's "Community") as a sweet, lovable member of the team, with a powerful secret.
Many families have accumulated these wonderful building toys in their homes and here is a movie dedicated to these building blocks. Just like the toys themselves, the movie features imagination. Emmet is an everyday LEGO man. He does everything by the instruction book and follows it exactly until one day he sees this lovely LEGO girl on the construction site. He tries to follow her but falls into a hole that makes him become something he is not and that is something special.
The story is based on the adventures of Emmet along with many other super heroes. The goal is to save their world from the evil president and his plan to use Kragle (krazy glue) on LEGO world. So the fight is on and many LEGO sets are involved.
Imagination is a great thing in the world of LEGOS, kids can follow the instructions or build their own creation. This movie may increase sales of these intriguing building blocks. But it also lets a child know that everyone is special in their own way and it is good to follow the rules.
We award "The LEGO Movie" the Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for all ages.
Language: Butt-4; Dang it-1; Oh my gosh-2; Heck-2
Violence: Many fighting and explosion scenes that are LEGO driven.
Other: A prophecy of a special one.