The world of LEGOs assembled this past weekend at the box office, reaching an opening day profit of $17 million! We've all played with LEGOs at some point in our early childhood, and we've seen them made into video games, but now The Lego Movie raises up questions and suspicions about it's stop-motion/CGI mix within the development of the movie itself. Can they really pull this off? I went and saw it early after school on Friday the 7th (Official release date), and in all honesty I was very surprised with the outcome. For a fun fact, I was probably the only person there who was older than 9 years old, but that didn't kill the excitement and expectations I had when I arrived at the theater.
The Lego Movie stars Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Berry, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, and many more! The movie starts out with Emmet, an ordinary LEGO who lives by the regulatory standards of the world he lives in; always in repeat and routine, but he suddenly finds a mysterious object that could help save the LEGO universe or potentially destroy it. A team of 'Master Builders' recruit Emmet to their team and believe he's the chosen one from their prophecy. They all embark on an adventure through different LEGO worlds to use this mysterious object to destroy a machine used by an evil villain who plans to destroy the LEGO universe and make it "perfect." Along the way Emmet experiences love, jealousy, self confidence, and much more!
The movie caught me by surprise. When entering the theater, I had the mentality of this being a movie for kids, but by the end, I started to really enjoy it. The stop-motion didn't bother me one bit, and the movie has many humorous moments. Obviously, Batman steals the spotlight in every scene he's in, and Will Ferrel voicing the villain makes it even more fun! The story isn't too complex, and the constant action carried my attention throughout the hour and forty-five minutes that it ran. The Lego sets are astounding and probably consist of thousands of LEGO pieces. The cities and LEGOs feel realistically made. Although some of the sets and backgrounds were made by CGI, you could hardly tell what was CGI and what was actual LEGO. The developers did a tremendous job in this movie; being the first LEGO movie production to ever hit theaters, they pulled it off with a happy thumbs up in the end. I don't think this movie can only be enjoyed by children; I definitely believe there are aspects that can be appreciated by adults too. Over all, I would recommend this movie to all audiences. It most likely wont be nominated for a Grammy Award, but it's surely a good watch.