The Lego Movie (2014)

It’s a U-rated film that is essentially a 100-minute long toy advert, but The Lego Movie calls on Huxley’s Brave New World, cargo cults and anti-capitalist messages throughout the course of its plot, as well as a whole slew of other high to lowbrow pop culture references. It also has a near 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This is not just a children’s movie.

The plot opens with our protagonist going through a normal day in the paint box coloured dystopia parading as a perfect every-town: the city of Bricksburg. The plot thickens, however, when it’s revealed that the town’s oligarch/CEO ruler plans on causing an apocalypse, and it all gets weirder from there.

Starring Chris Pratt from Parks and Recreation, and soon Guardians of the Galaxy, with appearances from Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell and Morgan Freeman, the cast manage to deliver great acting from behind the plastic yellow faces.

Multiple battle scenes combine the high quality animation and the element of self parody: flames and lasers somehow look less impressive when they’re made of little plastic pieces. The film, a mix of CGI and stop motion, makes every scene look like one straight out of your own LEGO diorama childhood. There’s a huge amount of adult references, to films such as Star Wars, Batman, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Austin Powers, The Matrix, and 2001: a Space Odyssey to name just a few.

The movie also parodies filmmaking itself, with ‘model’ cutscene (think the meticulously made tiny city from Independence Day or the spaceships in Star Wars) parodies complete with rubbishy homemade foley sound effects and a levitation character that is obviously being suspended by a piece of string.

If you’ve ever picked up LEGO during a rainy day or were a diehard fan, or even just if you’re even vaguely interested in the premise, go and see this movie. It’s worth it, even as a guilty pleasure watch.

Photo: The Lego Movie
Photo: The Lego Movie

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