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Everything is Awesome!

The Lego Movie is a joy

February 5, 2014, 12:00 am

It may seem odd that a movie based in such crass commercialism would, at its heart, be a tribute to what it means to have a free imagination. But that’s what The Lego Movie is.

Emmet (Chris Pratt, a riot) is an ordinary construction worker with no depth. He, and most other Legos, like living by the rules set forth by President Business (Will Ferrell). Unfortunately for everyone, President Business has decided to use the Kragle (a tube of Krazy Glue with a couple letters scratched off) to freeze every Lego in place to keep order in the universe.

Emmet runs into Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks), who’s looking for the Piece of Resistance to keep Business from carrying out his plans, and soon they’ve teamed up with Vitruvius (a wonderful Morgan Freeman) to stop Business and his evil team.

The Lego Movie’s rapid-fire jokes and anything-goes visual style outweigh its weaknesses—the plot has a fairly standard you-can-do-it! message—but focus on the gags and you’ll be fine. The voice talent is superior, and the whole thing feels as if it were made by adults who remember the joys of being a kid. Will Arnett and Alison Brie really shine in their roles, and just try not to sing “Everything is Awesome” as you leave the theater.

THE LEGO MOVIE
Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
With Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Morgan Freeman
Regal Santa Fe Stadium 14
PG
101 min.

 

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