The problem with many animated films today is that it is like the originality is long gone. While “Frozen” had many fantastic moments, great musical numbers and an overall great story to back it all up (and one of my absolute favorites of last year), it was not all that original. Even the great Pixar animation studios seem to be having trouble being original lately. After “Up,” we got “Cars 2,” which was not THAT bad, but it was overall unoriginal and clearly the worst of the films Pixar has made. “Brave” was a well done film and had some originality, but was far from the wow-factor we love seeing in their films. “Monsters University” was well done and had some great moments here and there, but it was lacking in the originality department, did not stay completely true to the first one (if you have seen it and know certain things about the first one, then you will know what I mean), and was overall not outstanding like we all wanted it to be.
There are some things in this world, however, that are quite unpredictable. For instance, Warner Bros. studios making the next big, most exciting and original animated film we have seen since 2009. Ladies and gentleman, that actually happened. I understand that any studio, if they put their mind to it, can create a fantastic animated film, but let’s face the fact that when we think of studios that make great and memorable animated films, we have a tendency to think of Pixar, Disney, anything made by Hayao Miyazaki, and sometimes even DreamWorks. This time around, Warner Bros. has made one of the most fun, hilarious, sometimes heart wrenching, and original films we have seen in a long time.
The story is of Emmett (Chris Pratt), an ordinary Lego living an ordinary life, but also is living a life like an outcast, which he does not seem to understand. While he listens to all the songs (or one song) and watches the same show everyone else listens to and watches, he is always excluded from being invited to things such as late night outings with friends and even being truly acknowledged in any shape or form. That is until Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) shows up and tells him that he is possibly the Prophet, a man who has the power to create everything amazing and knows how to deal with peril situations. This “Prophet” was crated by a blind man named Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) after the terrible President Business (Will Ferrell) decides to make everything all too controlled because he thinks people creating original things is weird (seems as though we have a parody of an average Hollywood Executive on our hands). Through this journey with Wyldstyle and Vitruvius, meets a robotic-like pirate, Batman (Will Arnett), Uni-Kitty (Alison Brie), Spaceman Benny (Charlie Day) and many other fabulous people who help him along the way to create new and exciting things and to save the world one lego piece at a time.
It is hard to imagine a great film about Lego’s, but this film completely pulled it off with its hilarity, brilliance, sarcasm and wit. They did not by any means think of the audience as stupid folk, and even the script by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller is completely outstanding and random. Even when this film is predictable, it is still truly amazing. Lord and Miller also directed this fantastically and created something so mind-blowing and surprisingly sophisticated. There is a bit of a twist near the end that some will love and others will hate, but to this viewer it was quite hilarious and heartfelt. Overall, it was a story built on nostalgia, friends, hilarity, randomness, and something to remind the world that everything is awesome.
Release Date: February 7, 2014
Rated PG: for mild action and rude humor.
Directed by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Voices by: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Will Farrell, Alison Brie
Written by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Running Time: 1 hr. 41 mins.