THE LEGO MOVIE

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Best LEGO family adventure movie ever, this modern day satire is subversive and yet counter-cultural. This Australian made 3D computer animation comedy movie film, is already so beloved by USA audiences because this film satisfies audiences of all ages, and the sequel is already being made. Decent plot with very engaging characters, and you will be taken for quite an emotional and hectic ride, but near the end, the story has that unexpected twist, with an intriguing moral lesson for all, that is essentially true to life.

Emmet (Chris Pratt) a forgettable everyman, struggles as an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO mini-figure and is hopelessly and hilariously under prepared, when mistakenly identified by our surveillance culture. When anointed by an underground resistance movement as the “The Special” and the key to saving the world, Emmet is drafted into an epic quest journey (think HOBBIT) to stop Lord Business (Will Ferrell) the evil tyrant who intends to permanently glue everyone in place. Just like MR.PEABODY AND SHERMAN, there are some surprising voices used as cameos, this time from famous female and male actors. Amazing visuals and yes it is very hard to tell that everything, is not actually made of real Lego pieces.

The society in which our LEGO hero Emmet lives, resembles George Orwell’s world of 1984, or perhaps the kind of world seen in “The Matrix” – the world of Lord Business is where people are told to be happy and everyone becomes an average nobody. Split-personality LEGO character Good Cop/Bad Cop (Liam Neeson) steals the show, creating some good laughs. Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) easily creates laughter from adults and children.

I am a huge fan of LEGO toy bricks since I was little child, so this movie was a generous nostalgia trip to my childhood. A bright and colourful kid’s dream fantasy brought vividly to life, for every child who has ever played with LEGO bricks, but with enough winks/nods and knowing gags to satisfy most adults in the audience.

Cleverly crafted in very photo-realistic style, unlike that used in Disney/Pixar movies, THE LEGO MOVIE deliberately does not look like any other animated movie, since this is the world of LEGO. The Lego Movie is remarkable, because this drama turns upon a unique premise of whether “Do not touch” will triumph over “Yes you can still change everything”.

Voice Cast includes: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman.

Strongly Recommended. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. OFLC Classification: PG (Mild animated violence and crude humour), 100 minutes running time.

Official Website: http://www.thelegomovie.com/

The release date is tomorrow, Thursday 3rd April.

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