Saturday, 15 February 2014

The LEGO Movie

I went to see The LEGO Movie last night, on it’s release day – which also happened to be Valentine’s Day but that’s really irrelevant because I didn’t go for a date… I have to say it was probably the best animated film I’ve seen in a very, very long time. Just saying it was good is a massive understatement.

The animation was absolutely perfect – it couldn’t have looked any more like a convincing world of Lego even if it was all filmed stop motion with real Lego pieces, which it wasn’t. It was witty, fun, clever and the characters – including known Lego stars such as Batman and Gandalf (although he only had a tiny part) – were great. Plus the storyline was simply wonderful.

“The LEGO Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world.” – official movie summary

But what I enjoyed the most is that it really wasn’t just a kids film, if at all. I mean, sure the kids would enjoy it but they wouldn’t get it on the same level as us adults. It was all a bit 1984. Which you should get from the two video clips above.

This review on The London Film Review sums up everything about The LEGO Movie in it’s first paragraph (which I can’t copy and paste to quote here because they’ve done something to the website that prohibits copying text!)

And here’s what Rotton Tomatoes have to say:
“Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story, The Lego Movie is colorful fun for all ages.”

Finally, this ad break that aired on UK TV last weekend, made entirely of Lego, has been doing the rounds of design blogs this week so you may have already seen it. But I can’t post about The LEGO Movie myself without sharing it too. Who doesn’t appreciate a Lenny Henry Legoman?

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