February 10, 2014

"You have the ability to be the special because I believe in you."
Everyone plays LEGO. Or at least, ever played with one. I was around 5 when I found myself building houses using this 80-year-old Danish interlocking plastic blocks. So when I heard about this movie, I couldn't help but wondering "How do you make a movie about colorful, hard, and rigid plastic toys? Will it be just another toys-to-movie adaptations which simply are meaningless? Will it be just another moves to rocketing LEGO's sales?" So yeah, I basically left all the expectations aside and happily stomped my feet to the nearest theater. In 3D. So, how was it?

Emmet (Chris Pratt) was an excellent example of everyman; he followed the instructions well, greeted everyone in sight, built things the way they were supposed to be built, and happily sang "Everything Is Awesome" everyday. That, until he 'accidentally' found an oddly-looking red block, which soon to be explained as a Piece of Resistance by an emo-chick he (also accidentally) met, called Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks). Emmet then quickly found out that (as the prophecy told) he had been chosen as The Special : the most important, most interesting, greatest people of all time, that he was the very person every master builders (those who had the ability to build things rather than just following the general) had been waiting for to take down President Business (Will Ferrell) and his diabolical plan to using both Kragel and micro managers to overcome his obsession of uniformity and perfection. Unfortunately, the prophecy didn't go so well as Emmet wasn't a master builder, that he was just another regular guy who happened to be lucky enough to find the piece. But still, the glowing eyes Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) believed in him, leaving Wyldstyle and his boyfriend Batman (Will Arnett), Unikitty (Alison Brie), Metal Beard (Nick Offerman), and Benny (Charlie Day) with no choice but to just get on with the it. The crew then went down the business, but it wouldn't be easy as Bad Cop/Good Cop (Liam Neeson) was standing in their way.

Co-Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller made it happen. Instead of animating the LEGO, they put a life in each and every piece of it. I was constantly amazed by how the world of LEGO actually presented in front of my eyes, with the beautiful blend of stop motion and colorful retro-looking CGI, the meticulous details and the swiftness of movements, the crisp-looking 3D (a must watch in 3D! spare some bucks!), and last but not least, the 'LEGO-ness' of the movie itself (water and smoke built with lego were just new to me). Not to mention, it was hillarious (The Green Lantern constantly bugged Superman? Douchebag Batman? Priceless!), well-paced and energetic, topped with witty dialogues, delilghtful cameos (use your ears well!) and compelling storylines. But there was this one thing that tickled throughout the entire 100 minutes; the in-the-box feeling, to always follow the instructions. You sure remember that by every purchase of LEGO you got an instruction booklet? It was a bitter yet brilliant reckon; instructions were made to be followed all right, but those with imaginations lived.

One aspect made this movie stood out and shone by the poster somehow : the voice cast. Arnett with his suave, arrogant demeanor. Freeman with his oh-so-intoxicating deep & wiselike voice. Banks with her charming and rapid approach. Brie with her bipolar cuteness. Day with his overly excited spaceship. Ferrell made a good villain and I was loving the twist. Pratt delivered a soul into this movie, bringing new characters to heart with its charm and genuine feelings. But I gotta say that Liam Neeson shone troughout the entire scenes as Bad/Good Cop; he was living the changes, the bipolar situation he had in him. Brilliant.

Finally said, this could have been a rated 4 movie if only I didn't grow tired of zero to hero formula. Sure it had some quips which really helped to the older audiences, but that was it, predictable as it was. But still, it was compelling, heartwarming and intriguingly touching. A completely original, new and out of the box project, and I genuinely liked it. Recommended.

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