Thursday, 7 August 2014

DVD Review The Lego Movie

His opinion - So it's been out for a while but me and the Layla have finally got round to watching the Lego Movie, which everyone I know was raving about. The story follows Emmet, voiced by Chris Pratt, as a beyond average Lego man with not much going for him, until one day after work he see's someone snooping around. He goes to investigate but ends up falling down a deep hole where he finds a special item which can safe the Lego world from the Lord Business, voiced by Will Ferrell, who wants it as a weapon. Silliness ensues with Wyldstyle by his side. Emmet finds himself going from world to world trying to figure out how to save the world and recruiting heroes as he goes.

That's the gist of the story. There is more to it then that but I don't want to give too much away. The story is interesting and very enjoyable. The voice talent involved is superb with Will Arnett doing a brilliant Batman and the likes of Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks backing up a solid performance by Chris Pratt. I think where the film falls down is the fact its not very spectacular; it reminds you how much fun Lego is but end of the day it is just a computer animated film. But if your looking to distract the kids or you just want some thing to cheer you up you can't go wrong with The Lego Movie. My rating would be a 7/10 if you haven't seen it yet check it out. Richee

Her opinion - There is a famous quote from Picasso that states "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up". The Lego Movie is very much a paradigm for this quote, with the anarchic Cloud Cuckoo Land in danger of being taken over the perfect looking but viciously totalitarian President Business. If that sounds a little obtuse, let's just say that this film reminds you how fun it was to just have a massive box full of odd Lego bits, with no purpose other to create whatever takes your fantasy, whether its the worlds tallest bungee point for your Action Man, or a colourful colosseum for your superhero's, including Milhouse, the Statue of Liberty and a ghost. 

Colourful, fast paced and funny, the film has a sentimentality that is thoughtful but may be missed on younger kids that don't understand the concept of collectables, and can feel slightly forced compared to subtle heartbreaking plot of the Toy Story trilogy. Overall, a film that is a pleasure for both children and adults. 7/10

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