By M. Scott Morris
“The Lego Movie” has done so well at the box office that I’d expect “The Lincoln Log Movie,” “The Hot Wheels Movie” and “The Pet Rock Movie” to come along soon.
And those movies might be enjoyable, especially if they come from the same team that created “The Lego Movie.” It truly is an animated film for all ages, where the jokes are as likely to score with adults as kids.
Emmet (Chris Pratt) is an ordinary citizen of the Lego universe when he accidentally finds the “piece of resistance” that was mentioned in a prophecy from Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman).
With help from Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and other characters from Lego play sets, Emmet tries to fight the plans of President Business (Will Ferrell).
I don’t want to give too much away because there is a cool twist at the end that makes you question everything that comes before it. But to give you an idea of how clever the movie is, one of the Lego worlds is known as “Middle New Zealand,” which should make “Lord of the Rings” fans shoot Coca-Cola through their noses.
The animation is deliberately Lego-like, so when water floods an area, the water is represented by tiny blue, white and gray Lego pieces. It looks fake at first, but once you get with the swing of “The Lego Movie,” all of these little Lego touches add up to create a somewhat believable world.
It’s an action film, as well as a romance and a comedy, and if you’re not careful, it could blow your mind. I’m not kidding about that last part. My wife spent the first 30 minutes after we left the theater in a state of “Whoa! What just happened?”
There might not be a “Lincoln Log Movie,” but with box office numbers approaching $70 million for its opening weekend, “The Lego Movie” probably is the first of many. If you’re an animation fan, don’t miss the chance to see it on the big screen.
I give it an A minus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
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