Hoppo’s Love letter to The LEGO Movie.February 12, 2014
Remember when you were a kid and you were fascinated by LEGOs. Sometimes you’d have to plead your parents to buy you those LEGO sets. Sometimes LEGO sets were given to you as ‘hand-me-downs’ by your older, ‘season-ball-cricket’ playing sibling. Sometimes you’d have to literally veil these LEGO sets from your younger, destructive little wide-eyed sibling. You’d just spend hours and hours, without any other concern or bother, playing with your LEGO sets, crafting a truly imaginative world filled with colorful blocks and an even more colorful characters.
This film captures that feeling beautifully.
Clearly you might feel that I have a nostalgic bias towards this film. So let me explain to you why ‘Everything is Awesome’ about the LEGO movie.
First of all, this movie is not meant to be a cash grab that causes an urge to splurge all your money on LEGOs all over again (it’s a different thing that you will definitely want to hit the toy store after watching the movie). It’s a spectacularly entertaining adventure with a wonderfully crafted tongue-in-cheek narrative, which thematically captures the wonder and joy of playing with these iconic blocks.
The makers (Phil Lord and Chris Miller- 21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a chance of meatballs and now this!) have taken something clichéd like ‘a prophecy that rhymes’ and flipped out the Hero’s Journey making sure the audiences have a riot along the road!
But there’s more to the movie than mini action figures, blocks blowing up, car chases and action set pieces: it’s surprisingly got heart and depth.
The Lego Movie is a laugh riot! Strings of endless one-liners, gags, pop culture references to films like ‘The Terminator’, ‘Star Wars’, ‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Pirates of the Carribean’ and every other awesome movie you’ve ever seen or not seen. There are jokes about over-priced coffee, stupid sitcoms, corporate greed and other relevant issues that you probably might miss because you were laughing so hard! The movie has Batman, Superman, Wonder-woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Dumbledore, Gandalf, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Morgan Freeman as God (Ha!), a transformers type Robot, a Hello kitty type umm… Kitty; and some cameos that I am controlling myself not to ruin for you.
The lead Emmet is a relatable guy and wonderfully voiced by Chris Patt who you will later see this year in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy. The supporting voice cast consists of Channing Tatum, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Jonah Hill, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Charlie Day… Phew – Seriously Awesome!
Now I believe the LEGO movie is a landmark in Animation. Your jaw will drop as you get used to the eye-candy that your pupils are treated to. I promise you that you have never seen anything like this before and there is hardly anything you will dislike about this film (HopMotion is an animation Studio, so you can imagine how serious we are when we say this). Every frame is blowing up with detail and invention. It’s breathtaking, bustling, and brilliant!
LEGO’s have always been a gateway into every child’s imagination and this film is a love letter to those LEGOs. You’ll scream and shout and clap like a child while watching it. It might not be Oscar bait like American Hustle, and it’s not an Action Extravaganza like the Transformers. It’s the LEGO movie and everything about it, is AWESOME!
PS: – I know it’s a pain to sit through a movie with those disgustingly, annoying 3D glasses but trust me, watch it in 3D. You’ll want to reach out and play with the ingenuously animated LEGO blocks.