Moms and Dads: Get your kids to take you to see The LEGO Movie this weekend!
That seems to be the message from the nation’s movie critics, who have uniformly crowned this 3-D toy story the brilliant hybrid offspring of Pixar’s best infused with South Park‘s irreverent humor. Based on the ubiquitous lock-block toy and licensed with many of pop-culture’s most ubiquitous heroes, The LEGO Movie is a sly Trojan horse of a movie. “Using the building-block world of LEGO to parody the creeping conformity of our world, The LEGO Movie proves even more biting than WALL-E, because it has the sauciness to send up its own rise-of-a-hero story line,” writes EW’s Owen Gleiberman.
Parks and Rec‘s Chris Pratt voices Emmet, a typical LEGO drone who accidentally stumbles upon a LEGO piece that makes a band of Matrix-like revolutionaries think he’s the Special, the one who can save their world from the fascist President Business (Will Ferrell). Emmet has some high-profile allies, including Batman (Will Arnett), Superman (Channing Tatum), Abraham Lincoln (Will Forte), Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders), and Shaquille O’Neal, as well as the beautiful rebel Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and the sage mystic Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman).
Written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the duo behind the first Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie is a clever combination of stop-motion animation and ingenuous CG effects — fire, water — all made to resemble stop-motion. Toss in the ironic Tegan and Sara anthem to conformity, Everything Is Awesome, and your inner-
nerd child has plenty to play with.
Before you head to the theaters, read what some of the nation’s top critics are saying about The LEGO Movie. (Or just go see it before they hype it beyond realistic expectations.) READ FULL STORY