The Lego Movie was supposed to be a blatant product advertisement that demonstrated how capitalism interferes with the entertainment industry. Instead, it’s subversive, satiric, bitingly self-aware, and an absolute blast. What could’ve been delegated as a children’s tale turns into a wonderfully realized adventure that challenges every notion of adventure films, distorting the reality of superheroes, supervillains, and LEGOs themselves. The movie follows Emmet (voice of Chris Pratt), who is destined to be the builder that saves the world from the destruction of Lord/President Business (voice of Will Ferrell), as he works with master builders voiced by the likes of Elizabeth Banks and Morgan Freeman to save the day. Oh yeah, and Batman’s here too. The movie works without knowing much about the many surprises in store, since they’re hilarious and produce laughs out of situations I could have never imagined. Yet the movie’s also remarkably touching in its final half hour and provides a strong metaphor about creation, childhood, and joy. It’s such a shocking piece of artistic craft that none of us saw coming. The Lego Movie is the children’s movie that seems destined to challenge all children’s movies.
Grade: ★★★★½ (out of 5)