Review: The Lego Movie - Everything is awesome!
I was lucky enough to be sent The Lego Movie DVD for review recently.
The lovely people at Suppose.com very kindly sent me the DVD for free in exchange for an honest review. Seeing as I have four kids aged between 8 and 14, there was no way that this wasn’t going to prove to be a hugely successful decision!
Isn’t it always the way though? As soon as I mentioned that I had the DVD to watch, I was met with apathy from all quarters.
Fortunately I had the wonderful Mrs DannyUK visiting and she was keen to see the film, having had a similar reaction from her own two children, and we managed to persuade my lot to watch the film with us.
Running at a few minutes over an hour and a half long, the film is thankfully neither too long nor a borefest.
The plot is set around a Lego construction worker called Emmet who gets mistakenly recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe together.
Being a rule-follower, Emmet finds himself thrust into an adventure completely at odds with his instruction-following self. Is he really “special”? Can Emmet be the one to stop the tyranny?
Whilst the storyline is fun and gripping, what got me most is the attention to detail. The vast majority of the story is made up of Lego pieces - completely different from the various Lego cartoons that have been made - and this really adds a constant reminder that our heroes (and villains) here are all Lego based.
What’s even more amazing is that all of the Lego pieces used in the film, barring a couple of hairpieces, are real Lego pieces. Take, for example, the horns on the head of the main villain. They are, in fact, Lego coffee cups.
The movie also has the most annoyingly catchy theme tune - Everything Is Awesome is constantly played throughout the movie and has even managed to creep into my own life as a phrase that is whispered, spoken, shouted or sung at the most inopportune of moments. The reason being that once you’ve said those three words, anyone who has seen the film will have it stuck in their head for hours.
Despite not being remotely interested in sitting down to watch it, all of us sat and saw it through from start to finish, which in our household shows that it has succeeded in keeping us entertained. Many other films have seen one or more of the kids walk out and do something else when bored.
It’ll surprise no-one that the sequel is in planning already, with a projected 2017 release.
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