Elwood Cinemas Movie Maniac Review: the Lego Movie!


Our resident Movie Maniac Joe Mazzola has another great review for all our loyal Elwood Cinemas customers! Please check it out!

The Lego Movie brings to life the tale of Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), an ordinary Lego mini-figure. While he lives a happy existence in the brick laden utopia, enjoying his construction job, along with rooting for his local sports team, purchasing overpriced coffees and listening to “Everything is Awesome” with his peers, he can’t help but feel lonely and left out since it seems there is nothing unique about him. Unbeknownst to Emmet, however, the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell) obtained a super-weapon 8 and a half years earlier, called “The Kragle.” He seeks to use it so no one can interfere with his ideal of perfection, but the Grand Wizard Vetruvius (Morgan Freeman) interferes with his plans soon after and sets forth a prophecy that claims an extraordinary person called “The Special” will find the “Piece of Resistance” and put a stop to the Lord Business’ plot.

One day on a job site, Emmet finds a mysterious woman lurking around the premises and, awestruck with beauty, chases after her. When he stumbles into a mysterious underground region, his world is forever changed as he discovers the piece of resistance before Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks). As a consequence of touching it, he experiences visions and blacks out. When he awakes, he finds himself in custody, with the piece of resistance attached to his back and irremovable. Lord Business’ lieutenant begins to interrogate him with his two personalities of Bad-Cop and Good-Cop, but mostly Bad-Cop, since he can’t seem to express his frustration without a hilarious compulsion to kick chairs. Believing him to be The Special, Wildstyle comes to rescue Emmet and takes him on a journey through the Lego Multiverse to meet with other Master-Builders like herself, including the likes of Batman, Unikitty, Abraham Lincoln, and many others.

Rated PG for audiences of all ages, The Lego Movie is a feature film not to be missed. What was certainly an ambitious project to make, truly pulls out all of the stops for almost two hours of comedy and adventure. Directors and co-writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller have fulfilled a fantasy by crafting a family-friendly epic in a detailed and immersive world that is both beautiful and nostalgic. The sheer amount of creativity and detail alone display the effort and hopes of making it a poster-mark of everyone’s childhood a reality. While the story itself is driven with a sense of wonder, it also reinforces the importance of belief in oneself by playing to your talents and that the gap between individualism and teamwork can be bridged.

The cast also goes to show all of those whom had interest and enthusiasm for the big-screen debut of Lego. While Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, and Morgan Freeman take the lead, the supporting cast is seemingly endless with the likes of Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Colbie Smulders, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, and even Charlie Day, to name a few.  There are even some cameos of characters from another franchise that also received the green-light to return to the silver screen in years to come, but you’ll have to see for yourself who they are.

Embedded in creativity and a light-hearted but heavily symbolic storyline, The Lego Movie is an incredible achievement. It wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination to see it up for awards in due time. All of the success (and revenue) the feature debut generated has already secured a sequel slated for May 26, 2017. If you’re in the market for a fun movie experience with a message of positivity, The Lego Movie can’t be beat.

4/4 Stars

About the Author:  Our resident Movie Maniac Joe Mazzola has another great review for all our loyal Elwood Cinemas customers! Please check it out!Joe is an avid yet amateur film critic. Having been with the company for several years, he spent his college career away each semester at the University at Albany, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree. His passion for the film industry and the perpetually growing movie culture led him to gravitate back home during the time off and continually work for the independent and communally driven Elwood Cinemas, a staple of his hometown. Approaching each film with an unbiased perspective, most of Joe’s analysis is derived in accordance with what the movie strives to achieve.

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