A most pleasant surprise
Release date: February 7, 2014
Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Who should watch this movie: Folks having a hard time. Parents.
When should you watch this movie: When you need a distraction from the horror show of reality. While you’re babysitting and the kids suggest watching something terrible and/or boring (gently suggest this instead, and everyone will be happy).
The sell: The Lego Movie has absolutely no business being this good or having Tegan and Sara on the soundtrack. Like most folks, when I heard they were making a Lego movie, I was somewhere between skeptical and outright angry. It seemed like an obvious cash grab and a hollow appeal to today’s youth. Even after it was released and began accumulating rave reviews, I remained hesitant. I finally pulled the plug and unenthusiastically sat down to watch The Lego Movie and boy was everyone right – something I never thought I’d say about anything. The Lego Movie is an absolute delight. The jokes land for both kids and older viewers. The animation is nothing short of a triumph, rendering each individual detail in lego pieces. And above all, the story is compelling. The tried and true Hollywood theme, “be yourself,” can often come off as hackneyed or disingenuous in the hands of capital driven production studios, but such is not the case here. What is most striking about the Lego Movie’s insistence on creative individuality is its sincerity. Shockingly earnest, this film delivers its core message amidst jokes and psychedelic sequences, never losing the thread of story and heart. Is this Chris Pratt’s best role? I believe so.