DC-Ember #63: The Lego Movie

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Let’s wrap up DC-Ember with The Lego Movie. Okay, it’s technically not a DC movie but it’s got a lot of DC’s superheroes involved including Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and hell, Batman is one of the main characters of the movie so, yeah, it does count as a DC animated movie…sort of. Anyway, this is The Lego Movie:

The Lego Movie (stylized as The LEGO Movie) is a 2014 American-Australian-Danish computer animated adventure comedy film directed and co-written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, and starring the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman.

It is the first film produced by Warner Animation Group. Based on the Lego line of construction toys, the film tells the story of Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary Lego minifigure prophesied to save the universe from the tyrannical Lord Business (Will Ferrell) as he gains different allies along the way including Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Vivtruvius (Morgan Freeman), Batman (Will Arnett), and many more.

It was released theatrically on February 7, 2014. The movie was a critical and commercial success, with many critics highlighting its visual style, humor, voice acting, and heartwarming message. It earned more than $257 million in North America and $210 million in other territories for a worldwide total of over $468 million.

The film is so successful that sequels are already in the works for years to come including a Lego Batman spinoff movie for 2017.

So, how does the film itself fare up? As if you already didn’t know by now…

What can I say about this movie that hasn’t been said already? This movie is absolutely 100% perfect. This is one of the most perfect movies I have ever seen.

Don’t ever deny the power and brilliance of Phil Lord & Christopher Miller because they can take the stupidest ideas ever and make a badass movie in the process.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with anything in this movie, everything about this movie is just great.

The voice cast is great, Chris Pratt is great as Emmett, Elizabeth Banks does a great job as Wyldstyle, Morgan Freeman’s awesome as Vitruvious, Will Arnett’s hilarious as Batman, Alison Brie’s Uni-Kitty is so much fun to watch, kind of a mix between Pinkie Pie and Edward from Cowboy Bebop rolled into one, Charlie Day’s Benny is hilarious as hell to watch, Nick Offerman’s Metal Beard was great and is completely unrecognizable from what we’re used to hearing from Offerman, Liam Neeson’s Good Cop/Bad Cop is so hilariously done, and Will Ferrell’s the best he’s ever been as Lord Business.

But on top of that, we get Jonah Hill as Green Lantern, Channing Tatum as Superman, Cobie Smulders as Wonder Woman, Will Forte as Abraham Lincoln, Shaquille O’Neal playing himself, and even Billy Dee Williams returns as Lando Calrissian. God, that cast alone should bring you to the movie right now.

But on top of that, the animation works really well mixing both computer animation, which is possibly some of the best animation I’ve seen in a long time, and even throwing in some stop motion animation in the process as well. And both are blended into the animation very well and the 3D is also impressively well done.

But the story is where the film really becomes awesome, especially in the third act where we find out what it’s all about. Again, won’t spoil it but it’s pretty impressive.

That one scene is what makes this film go from great to perfect. The scene is very reminiscent of another movie produced by Animal Logic, who is one of the main animation companies on this, Happy Feet. If you remember in Happy Feet, there’s a scene at the start of the third act where Mumble finally finds the “mystic beings” and gets put into an penguin exhibit at a theme park and after being stuck in there for a long time, he nearly succumbs to madness only until a little girl manages to connect with him and thus, leads them back to his home and prompting worldwide debate on overfishing.

That scene in Happy Feet is very similar to what they do in The Lego Movie because both scenes may seem out of place but they are trying to teach lessons about life. In Happy Feet, it was about overfishing in Antarctica but in The Lego Movie, it’s about not forcing creativity out by separating everything and also appreciating the creative things that can come from legos while in the real world, the dad soon appreciates his son’s creativity and decides not to glue them together anymore.

This movie is such a love letter to the LEGO name and on top of that, it’s very funny, it’s clever, the animation is beautiful to look at, the voice cast is great, and it has possibly one of the best twists in any movie that I’ve seen. Phil Lord & Christopher Miller have set themselves up as the premiere comedy directors out there with this movie, having already directed Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, as they really do care about what project they are given and realize that if there’s something great that can be done with it, it’s worth making a movie out of.

The LEGO Movie is not only the year’s best movie, not only is it one of the best animated movies ever made, but this movie is one of my new favorite movies ever. This is one of my new favorite movies. This is one of the most perfect movies I’ve ever seen and it’s a movie that you need to see.

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3 comments on “DC-Ember #63: The Lego Movie
  1. […] think I’ve talked many, many, many, many, many times about how The LEGO Movie is one of my new all-time favorite movies and […]

  2. […] The Lego Movie really put the Lego franchise into a whole new level of peak interest, not only was the movie […]

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