The Lego Movie

Rated: PG

I’m going to tell you about my new favorite movie, The Lego Movie
. This is one I really wanted to see on the day it came out, which was sometime in February of 2014, but couldn't because I was deep in the grips of the flu. Once I felt better it was my husband’s turn to be sick, and when he felt better he had work to catch up on. Therefore it was about 2 to 3 weeks after the release date when I finally made it, (much to the annoyance of my husband, because he had to stay home and work and so I took my niece instead.) My niece had just turned 6 and I thought it would be a great kind of present for her for us to go The Lego Movie together. The problem was that Frozen was also out and she really wanted to see that. So I did what most adults do in such situations and told her a little white lie. I told her that we had just missed the showing of Frozen we were trying to see (wink wink) and that we had to see The Lego Movie instead. She sighed and agreed, although she was sure that it was a boy's movie. After the movie, given the look on her face I’d say I made the right decision.

                The Lego Movie is about Everett, a normal, unextraordinary Lego figure who follows the rules, and the Instructions and always does what he’s told. He resides in Bricksburg with multitudes of other ordinary Lego figures, all of which are presided over by Lord Business. One evening, after work, Everett is mistaken for The Special, the one chosen to fulfill a prophecy and save the world from Lord Business. He is then thrust into an epic adventure that proves that anyone can be special if given the chance.

                This is by far the best movie I’ve seen in a long time, and (contrary to what I’m sure a lot of you are thinking) it has appeal for adults as well as children. Its so beautifully done that it’s hard to tell if you’re watching a masterfully done stop-animation, or an artfully done CGI. Either way (as far as I’ve read it is ALL CGI) its a feast for the eyes as well as the soul. The rate of one- liners delivered from the star studded cast come so fast and furious that at times its hard to keep up, but that just gives you a reason to watch it again and again. You’re sure to be in tears as names like Chris Pratt (of NBC’s Parks and Rec and Zero Dark Thirty), Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and Will Ferrel, as well as many more, dole out a laugh a minute.

                As of right now I’ve seen this movie 5 times. I ended up seeing it twice in the theater, which I’ve never done before, and several times at home so far. I can’t say when exactly the next time I watch it will be, but I can say that there will definitely be a next time…and a time after that…and again after that, etc. If you haven’t seen it yet I urge you to do so, as this is one that delights not only the kids, but the kids at heart. (Not mention anyone with even a smidge of a sense of humor). And with a sequel already announced for 2017, the Lego brand may just be the new force to be reckoned with.

                The Lego Movie is rated PG, was directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and stars Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson and many, many more! Its out now on Blu-Ray, Digital Download and DVD.