Lego’s creativity fun for families

ONE of the world’s most popular line of toys has its first feature film.

While The Lego Movie might be aimed at kids aged between eight and 14, there are going to be plenty of people outside that age bracket who will enjoy this film (eight to 14 is only the recommended age bracket).

Since the Danish company began producing its interlocking bricks in 1949, millions around the world have constructed a fantastic array of people, buildings, vehicles and worlds.

Stop motion short films have been made, books and comics produced and even massive works of art have been built around Lego.

But nothing like The Lego Movie.

Using CGI animation rather than stop-motion, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have taken us right to the heart of Lego’s creativity.

Unassuming construction worker Emmett just wants to fit in. He follows all the instructions and rules and tries to make friends without success.

When Emmett happens across a strange thing called the piece of resistance, he is thrown into a world with no instructions where creativity reigns.

He must use the piece of resistance to disarm the Kragl and save his world from become a permanent, non-moving fixture.

Emmett has the help of the Master Builders, a group of rogue personalities who can create anything they need from the world around them.

Voicing Emmett is the infectious, fun and child-like Chris Pratt, who seems to enjoy discovering the Lego world as much as audiences will. 

Pratt is most well known for his child-like character Andy in sitcom Parks and Recreation but he is gradually establishing himself and a comic actor in feature films.

Also cast is Elizabeth Banks as Emmet’s love interest Wildstyle, Morgan Freeman as the mystical master builder Vitruvius, Will Ferrell as the evil Lord Business and Liam Neeson as Good Cop/Bad Cop.

A whole host of cameos and other well-known personalities also lend their voices making The Lego Movie a great production.

While the story took a slight turn into the cheesy as it wrapped up, it didn’t bother me because it was so well done.

Full of the usual adult-based jokes alongside the slapstick comedy that appeals to kids, The Lego Movie is a great choice for the whole family.

The Lego Movie (PG) is now showing at Bendigo Cinemas. For details and session times see page 3 of the Bendigo Advertiser.

Follow film reviewer Chris Pedler on Twitter @FilmNerdChris.

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