The Lego Movie [2014] ★★½

The_Lego_Movie_posterI’ve been rooting for this big screen adaption of “Lego” for a while now, and now that the movie is finally here, it gave me a lot to cheer for: a fresh concept and clever execution to match it. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have directed this feature with a sharp eye, but winning over both hearts and minds is not an easy achievement, and that’s where the film falls a bit short in my opinion. On the bright side, Chris Pratt is the perfectly cast voice of the main character Emmet, an ordinary construction worker who finds himself fighting alongside Batman and other characters against an evil tyrant (Will Ferrell). The rest of the cast includes Will Arnett, (as Batman), Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson and the great Morgan Freeman. Lord and his crew have managed to create an animated movie that works on several levels so that kids and Lego fanatics can all appreciate it. But after a while, the film turned into one gigantic action sequence without letup. And by the end I was exhausted, not overwhelmed. This is a perfect example of a movie that might have scored a bull’s-eye but settles for “entertaining”. There’s plenty to enjoy and admire, but I can’t say I loved it.

Rating: 2.5/4

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  1. It’s nice to see a more measured review amidst all the critics trying to top each other with outlandish praise. It’s better than what I expected. There are some great moments, but it’s not a perfect film.

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