By Meagan Winker, Staff Reporter
When I first saw the trailer for, “The Lego Movie,” I thought it was going to be a movie that only young children or a kid at heart could love. I was pleasantly proven wrong when a group of friends and I headed down to Narrow Gauge one Wednesday for the $2.50 student discount, held every Wednesday and open to any student who brings their UMF Student ID. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money in case the movie was terrible. After seeing it I was pleased to be able to say that I would have paid full price to see it, and I will probably be buying the movie when it comes out on DVD.
“The Lego Movie,” is about Emmett Brickowski (voiced by Chris Pratt from the awesome NBC show “Parks and Recreation”), an average Lego figure who follows the instructions of his heavily regulated home city. That is, until he is mistaken as the “Special,” the most wonderful and creative figure in the world, when he stumbles upon the Piece of Resistance. Unfortunately Emmett is more generic than creative and struggles to be the “Special” everyone thinks he is. Along with other Lego figures, Emmett need to use the Piece of Resistance to foil the evil President Business (voiced by funny-man Will Ferrell) from using his ultimate weapon, the Kragle, to make all the Lego realms into his wicked version of perfection. The climax of the film is a shocking twist that makes the movie great for older viewers.
The movie also features a star-studded cast, featuring popular comedians like Will Arnett, who voices a Batman that is far from being Dark Knight material, and Elizabeth Banks as the rebellious Wyldstyle, who can build anything out of Legos by simply looking at them. Morgan Freeman as the wise but blind Vitruvius, and Liam Neelson as Good Cop/Bad Cop, another villain who chases after Emmett and his friends, are noteworthy cast members, too.
One of the reasons I enjoyed this movie so much was because the filming of it was incredible. It’s a hybrid between computer generated imagery (CGI) and stop-motion filming, which is an animation technique used to make stationary objects appear as if they are moving of their own accord. The CGI and stop-motion are blended almost seamlessly so you can’t always tell when you’re watching a computer animation or stop-motion.
As a criticism, there were some moments in the film where the high-pitched voices were more shrill and shrieking than funny—something a younger crowd would appreciate. I also had the simplistic, yet catchy ,“Everything is Awesome,” theme song stuck in my head for days, which was not fun. But the filming and the humorous plot ultimately won me over.
The DVD release date for ,“The Lego Movie,” is not yet available so catch it quick before it leaves theaters!