Guest film contributor Frazer Foskett makes a long overdue return…
With a voice cast as high-class as this one, including Will Ferrell, Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Elizabeth Banks, Cobie Smulders, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, you would certainly expect a film to live up to their collective names. Add to that the innovative Lego style and no wonder the hype around The Lego Movie built up.
In a world ruled by evil dictator Lord Business (Ferrell), Emmet (Pratt) is a construction worker like any other. He loves the song Everything Is Awesome and is just trying get along. However, when he gets caught up in Lord Business’ plot to destroy the world and ends up with a group of Master Builders – those who can quickly build anything at all from nearby Lego bricks – he finds himself out of his depth.
There is so much more to the plot but I don’t want to give anything away – and the plot isn’t even the best thing about this film. It is just an absurdly fun way to dive into the Lego world featuring all sorts of different sets, with jokes strewn constantly throughout.
This film is genuinely for adults and children alike – it has really grown-up jokes and a very clever twist but it is also bright and colourful enough to hold children’s attention and drives a message home that’s definitely aimed at them.
Frazer summed this up very well: “I enjoyed the high grade voice cast and the genuinely funny but still child-friendly humour. They didn’t rely on their core audience being children and pander to that, instead using humour enjoyable by children of any age (i.e 22).
I don’t mind how they pushed the message at the end: it’s a kids film at the end of the day. Have you met kids these days? They’re all terrible. They need ham fisted lessons taught to them.”
The only thing that we were both disappointed in was how short some of the cameos were – more Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Cobie Smulders please! – but we understand that more would have detracted from the actual plot. Other than that, the point they drove home towards the end started to grate on me a bit but I know why it’s there.
Ultimately, the film was driven by its incredibly prestigious voice cast who truly lived up to the expectations their names brought. As Frazer said: “Will Arnett was very good as a childish/douchey Batman, and Morgan Freeman had some amazing lines like ‘are you a DJ’?” The way he pronounced “the special” was also brilliant and these two actors make the outtakes video an absolute blast.
A special mention must be given to Chris Pratt: he’d carry the movie on his own shoulders even if the others weren’t there thanks to his deep but endearing voice and how perfectly his Lego face expressed his voice.This bodes well for Guardians of the Galaxy when he will lead as Star-Lord (or, if you want to go with his dull name, Peter Quill).
I’ll leave Frazer to sum it up: “I think it matched or even exceeded my expectations. I expected it to be as fun as it was, but it was LOADS funnier than I thought it would be.” Everyone should give The Lego Movie a chance to surprise them.