Toys Will Be Toys
Film: The Lego Movie
Voices of: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman
Directed by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Duration: 1 hr 40 mins
Rating: * * * *
The Lego Movie is in the league of those few animation films that make the cut as far as entertaining children and adults is concerned. While the visuals will keep the kids happy, the gags and satire will appeal the elderly.
It helps that they have a range of characters right from Batman, Gandalf to C-3PO to make use of, but it is also the lead that contributes to all the entertainment. While the plot of an underdog become a hero is a part of virtually every animation film, The Lego Movie is several notches above.
Set in the world of Lego toys, Emmet (Chris Pratt) is an ordinary construction worker who is mistaken for the ‘Special one’ as per the prophecy of a wizard Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman). This common man is supposed to save their whole clan from the evil guy appropriately called Lord Business (Will Ferrell). A woman Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) is the first to be convinced that Emmet is the chosen one and then it is upto him to save the day although he is just an ordinary guy.
Their plan is to fight Lord Business who intends to freeze their world using the ‘Kragle’which is basically glue. The story tries to draw parallels about good and evil and then there is the theme of self-belief.
There are plenty of amusing scenes and laugh out loud moments because the film doesn’t take itself too seriously and hence you know that something funny is just around the corner. You can also see that the film is striving to aim at and achieve something instead going down the beaten path. That is what sets it apart and good times are guaranteed at the Lego Movie.
Published in The Navhind Times on 9th Feb 2014