An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.
What we think: Arguably LEGO is the world’s greatest toy, it’s been around for years and has brought joy and imagination to children and adults a like.
So why it has taken so long for a dedicated big blockbuster, a cinematic release, to be made is anyone’s guess. The plain looking mini figures have inspired many popular films such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings even Iron Man to cash in on merchandise.
Now though, the wait is finally over as writer/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller bring a whole host of craziness to the ever popular Danish building blocks.
The pair cemented themselves on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and then took to reimaging the TV series 21 Jump Street onto the big screen in 2012, a sequel to be released this year.
With a cast that comprises A-list stars from both TV and film it gels magnificently well, it has a simple plot that takes its characters through a variety of comical and highly creative worlds.
Emmet Brickowoski is your average happy go lucky mini figure, tirelsy working away each day as a construction worker (they follow the plans to the letter) and does it all with a big smile on his face and positive attitude.
When he runs into Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks) she takes him on a journey to help her and the master builders save the world from Lord Business (Will Ferrell) who is planning to stick everything together with his secret weapon ‘the kragle’.
They’ve labelled him as the ‘special one’ in a very Matrix style approach, but poor Emmet is way out of his depth and is unable to find himself or make an impression on his new friends.
It’s devilishly funny with some star turns, Will Arnett voices every ones favourite troubled super hero Batman, who will only work with black bricks, “or very, very, very dark grey ones”. Liam Neeson as Bad Cop is also a winner, chasing Emmet through the Wild West, Cloud Cuckoo Land and Middle Zealand to name but a few.
That’s only a small handful of characters, in what is a long line up of neat cameos. Superman and the Green Lantern show up for some hero banter and its a shame that they could’t have joined the party for a little longer. And there is another brilliantly placed cameo that to go into any detail would spoil it for when it happens.
At no point does it tail off or become stupid, and you only have to sit in awe at the way it was made, using CG-animation and stop-motion to bring to life these small characters on screen. They even have the ability to quickly construct a wide range of LEGO sets to get them out of trouble.
What really stands out with this film is the high level of detail that has gone into making it, everything and I mean everything is LEGO related, both in the foreground and the background.
The ending is a pleasant surprise although some might feel like it jumps right out of one world into an all too familiar other, but its delivered with precision and it is most certainly a satisfactory one.
A sequel is most certainly already being drawn up with Emmet standing out as one of the most loveable animated characters of 2014.
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