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Film Review: The Lego Movie

On April 3, 2014

By Jessica Leafe

With school holidays just around the corner parents will be flocking to cinemas to occupy their children. The Lego Movie is a film sure to be enjoyed by the whole family.

It takes the much-loved construction set famous from everyone's childhood (and adulthood, for the mini-construction enthusiasts out there) and puts life into the worlds and people inside it. The story is well put together, and follows Emmet, an ordinary construction worker, as he is mistaken for a special Masterbuilder and consequently drawn into a quest. Although only a simple and content Lego piece, Emmet and the Masterbuilding group of rebel forces must fight back against a controlling business tyrant before he succeeds in his evil plan to glue the world.

The characters include Lego cameos from popular superheroes and fantasy characters such as Batman, and are voiced by a range of recognisable actors, including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Ferrell as the evil President Business.

The visual effects of creating wild seas and busy cities with only Lego pieces are impressive, and the film's jokes cleverly poke fun at the mechanical constraints of Lego pieces, and the video games and characters associated.

The film also twists interestingly to relate its story to the 'real world', and tries to draw the link between the business mastermind's evil plan to glue the world, and a dictatorial control of children's play. These elements, however, and the majority of the film's humour, are more likely to be picked up by the film's older viewers. Being a film set in the world of a toy set, there were understandably many young children in the audience, but the comedy was mainly noticed by the older children viewing, and the cinema did not have the loud laughter that one hears from small children. Despite this, the story keeps young viewers’ attention anyway, and the film is a fun one to be enjoyed by family audiences.

The Lego Movie is out now in cinemas across Australia.

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