The LEGO Movie is assembling to be a fun animated adventure like no other with laughs galore and mishaps abound!

The word 'Lego' is a term which is easily recognized by most of us around the world, even if you're not the brightest of people. 

For more than 60 years, LEGO has been a popular toy brand and one that we all know and love and engage with in our times of boredom. The mini-figures are enticing and have charmed us with their cute simplicity.
It's a brand which has gone sky high with it's endless range of box sets and their adaptions 
and takes on major franchises which have always worked nicely and their spin-off videogames - in all their slapstick galore - have done no harm either. LEGO is definitely the franchise that brings out the inner child in all of us and their newest film is certainly no exception. 

The LEGO Movie tells the tale of the ordinary mini-figure by the name of Emmet who is mistaken as being the Special. The Special is the greatest Master Builder who can save the Lego universe. With the help of an old wizard, Vitruvius, and a tough young woman named Wyldstyle, Batman, Uni-Kitty, Benny, and a pirate named Metalbeard, Emmet will have to set out and discover the power of imagination to defeat the evil Lord Business, a tyrant who is bent on destroying the Lego universe on Taco Tuesday and recreating it as he sees fit by gluing it together.

Directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller can be considered geniuses in the movie world. Their works are always big and ambitious and always glow on the big screen. They took the book Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and adapted to it into an atrocious, but at the same time, likeable film. They also took the TV show 21 Jump Street, which had no cachet and direction and they transformed it into a funny, knowing, hit film. 
The Lego Movie operates on the same terms as Lord and Miller have now taken a toy franchise and put it on the big screen. It is by some margin their weirdest movie but it is in many ways their most creative and ambitious.

For this one, they've assembled a cast of pretty top class actors from your well known US sitcoms (Chris Pratt and Nick Offerman from Parks And Recreation, Will Arnett from Arrested Development and Alison Brie from Community) and they've also incorporated the work of some major A-listing stars too (Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman).
It's a sensationally good idea as it ensure that the funnies fly thick and fast as we have comedians from all around the industry of acting. Lots of talent and hilarity is being handed out meaning a talented cast performance and lots of laugh out loud moments abound.

LEGO means creativity and creativity can mean chaos. The middle of the movie is an avalanche of ideas that seem random at the time, and it becomes rather fidgety, with the suggestion that there’s no real aim to it. It seems like Lord and Miller are trying to hard. Yet there is, with an affectionate ending, chaotic brilliance that ties together everything that’s happened previously in a way that makes sense of the nonsensical. There’s an anarchic childlike glee to the way it’s all thrown together and it is mad, also strangely moving but it works.

The cast performances are incredible and very strong. A highlight for me, and most movie-goers, would have to be Will Arnett's amusing character of Batman. He's a moody character who works only with black bricks or as Arnett puts it in the film, " very, very, very dark grey ones".
Batman easily takes the largest portion of laughs and comedy with his charm and elegance but there is still plenty more to go around as Channing Tatum's Superman and Jonah Hill's Green Lantern have pretty joyous moments and cracking dynamics as the heroic heroes.

The real stars, though, are the new creations, Emmet Brickowoski (Pratt) is a bog-standard construction worker who follows every instruction and the punky Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks). Their banter creates more sparks than your average romcom and they work as a great duo and are 2 fresh and unique characters that will definitely start to grow on you. I can definitely see Emmet and Wyldstyle making it big with LEGO fans and movie lovers.

There’s an insane level of invention on display – the world is brimming with hilarious background detail, and everything you can see is made of LEGO pieces, EVERYTHING. The characters are given more expressive eyes and mouths than their toy counterparts, but their movements are just as restricted – and the animation makes a virtue of this, from their clippy hands to their plastic wigs. The world also lends itself to 3D, the whole dynamic of the LEGO universe and the stereoscopy makes it feel like you can jump in and take part but the 3D visuals don't come without flaw. Sometimes things can get a little too much with the set-pieces being too defined and making too much unnecessary noise. 

With a hefty $60 million budget, The LEGO Movie is extraordinary and, all faults of the film aside, it's definitely exploding with creativity and imagination making it exciting and enticing and portraying the possibilities and scope of a miniature toy figure. It's likely to be a film that will want to be revisited and it's one that will amuse and please all film fanatics and everyone that's ever laid their hands on a bit of nubby plastic known as Lego.

About the Author

Awais Irfan
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.

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