By Jacob Montgomery (Texas)
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I was never the biggest fan of Legos when I was growing up. I certainly didn’t have anything against them, but they never really appealed to me personally. That’s not to say I didn’t have any, or that I didn’t play with them every once in a while, but I much rather enjoyed playing antique Windows PC games. However, I completely understand why Legos were a big thing, and I completely understand the appeal for them, the ability to create brand new worlds. And that is exactly what this film manages to do.

I’ll admit, when I first heard about this film, I rolled my eyes and thought to myself, “Okay, it’s official, Hollywood has run out of ideas. They are not even trying to hide it anymore. How good can a feature length Lego commercial be?” Even after I saw the trailers, I still had some doubts. I thought it was going to crash and burn, and that it would fade into obscurity a few years later.

I could not have been any more wrong. Not only is this one of the most creative films to come out in years, this film manages to be one of the funniest comedies that I have ever seen, and even has a very strong message about creativity that is enforced in a wonderful way, that doesn’t feel preachy, and feels very natural.

On the surface, even the plot sounds generic. There is a prophecy that says there will be a chosen one that will bring peace to all the worlds. And it turns out the chosen one is just an ordinary guy who appears to have nothing special about him. And it’s up to him to save the world. The plot sounds like it is set up for absolute disaster. However, the film wisely decides to play fast and loose with the plot, never taking itself too seriously, unless it’s appropriate, often bordering on full blown parody. Even the more dramatic scenes are filled with jokes, and they never feel out of place.

In fact, the plot feels like the writers were simply making it up as they went along, very reminiscent of a kid on a sugar high, having the greatest game of Legos ever. The film is really more of a series of vignettes loosely connected together, but this feels appropriate, given the subject matter.

The animation of the film is also wonderful; I might even say groundbreaking. The computer animation is so great, and they made it look like a stop motion film, almost to the point that often you wonder if any of it was stop motion. Often, you can feel the plastic texture of the Lego characters, right down to the reflection of light on them.

I’ve always loved the style of rapid-fire comedy, and I’ve always wondered why that style of filmmaking has kind of vanished, but hopefully with this film, it will return. The filmmakers throw joke after joke constantly at the screen, trying to make anything to work. There are jokes that don’t work, but because of the fast pacing of the jokes, it never lingers, and if it didn’t work, they immediately went to the next one, which made the film not only laugh out loud funny, but hilarious. There are even jokes in the background, subtle jokes, and jokes that adults would appreciate.

If I could describe The Lego Movie in a few short sentences, I would say that this is the Toy Story of the next generation. This is a bright, colorful and beautifully animated film that is just as equally entertaining for adults as it is for kids. As much of an oxymoron as it sounds, and in the weirdest sentence I’ve written so far in a movie review, I think The Lego Movie is a fantastic animated film that managed to exceed every single (admittedly low) expectation.

Rating: 10/10

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