The directors of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and TV's Robot Chicken bring LEGO to life in this stop-motion-simulating adventure. Emmet (Chris Pratt) - a run of the mill, follow-the-rules, decidedly average little LEGO man - is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person ever and the key to saving the world from the evil President Business (Will Ferrell).
Emmet spends his days as one of many construction workers living repetitive, orderly lives under the reign of President Business, a crazed dictator masquerading as a benevolent ruler. When he unintentionally beats captivating stranger Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) to a mysterious object, Emmet is identified as "The Special", prophesied to defeat the evil plans of Business and his right-hand man Bad Cop/Good Cop (Liam Neeson). Drafted into a fellowship of heroes by a powerful wizard (Morgan Freeman), Emmet teams up with Wyldstyle and Batman (Will Arnett) to save the LEGO universe. Along the way they'll also encounter Green Lantern, Superman, a pirate, a (usually) cute kitty, Star Wars characters, a mystical realm known as Middle Zealand and much more.
The Danish-made plastic toys have had many spin-offs including a number of movies, though this is their first major movie release into cinemas. Animation duties were carried out by Australia's Animal Logic studio (Happy Feet, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole).
Best Animated Film at the 2015 BAFTA Awards.
2014Rating: PG, Mild animated violence and crude humour100 minsUSA, Australia
A five star film is often perceived as either ‘an emotionally crippling experience’ or ‘cinema on the brink of revolutionary’. While The LEGO Movie certainly isn’t an intense psychoanalytical musing on the human condition (thank God), it is an animated family film so joyously creative, so continuously hilarious and so hyper-aware of what it means to play with LEGO that future product-based movies of its ilk should use it as a template. If that’s not a cinematic revolution, it’s definitely dancing on the brink of it.