February 4, 2023
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Review: Clever writing builds laughs

The Lego Movie

Directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord

The original song heard nonstop throughout “The Lego Movie” is “Everything is Awesome,” and that could not be a more accurate theme of this film. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the team behind the “Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs” films, take viewers’ imaginations from when they played with Legos as children and transforms them into a hysterical and heartwarming film that will have the audience leaving the theater smiling.

Chris Pratt voices the main character, Emmet Brickowoski, who is a typical construction worker with no exceptional qualities in the Lego Universe. But one day after work, he happens to stumble upon a young woman, Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks, who is looking for the The Piece of Resistance, a device that stops the Kragle, a machine held by villain Lord Business, voiced by Will Ferrell. Featuring an all-star voice cast including Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett and Liam Neeson, Emmet follows Wyldstyle on her journey and discovers a secret society called the Master Builders. They plan to take back the Lego Universe so the citizens can build anything they want and not have to follow the instruction booklets handed out by Lord Business.

There is a great comedic presence from many supporting characters that Warner Bros., the producing company, owns the rights to. Several superheroes, including Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman, all have cameos. However, it is Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, who stands out as the best supporting character, using several witty one-liners and justifying life-threatening actions as reasonable just because he is Batman. Fans of the recent series of “Dark Knight” films will feel like this superhero character is a parody on the best and worst parts of the character. Combined with puns or other witty humor, the writing by Lord and Miller is quick witted and satisfying.

With this film, Warner Bros. has a hit on their hands, and the Lego brand adds a whole new dimension to its franchise. No matter the viewer’s age, “The Lego Movie” will make him or her laugh and remind audience members that everything about Legos, including this film, is awesome.