A coming of age made of plastic.
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Only five minutes in and this movie has already proven that it should be obligatory viewing for anyone remotely interested in crafting comedy for the big screen. The humor is so infectious that it inspired Tegan and Sara to write 2014’s biggest earworm yet. Plus, the first few visual gags clearly show that the stop-motion inspired design is a stroke of genius. Thank god I’m not an ant, or my antennas would be in full funny data overload right now.
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This will be a breakout year for Chris Pratt. From the looks of it, he has all the right tools to make it, be it in comedy, drama or action. Here, though, he’s just having fun by lending his voice to the most generic guy ever. Emmett is full of life and plain happy to be a living, breathing Lego person. The way Pratt voices him is hilarious, in that most of his jokes are based around unintentional humor. I’m still shocked at how good he was in this role.
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Unexpected is the definite buzzword here. The Cop character is a chair-kicking, face-swapping, word-spitting complete badass. But also nicely creepy. How did Liam Neeson hide his comedic timing for this long?
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Here comes wacky Wyldstyle (is she a DJ?) and her dark, mysterious boyfriend to explain that Lord Business basically decided to separate Lego sets with walls because he takes his craft too seriously. His giant ‘fuck you’ to creativity is a nice touch, as there was no backstory or source material to work with, yet it’s the most organic way to use these little toys for storytelling purposes. Better than Battleship, anyway.
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Turns out Emmett isn’t special. He doesn’t have any particular gift or ideas to help the plastic people. Soon, everyone turns on him because of it. It’s a story I can relate to, especially since the point got hammered home all movie long. By the end, he kinda finds his place, but doesn’t magically become a strong leader for no reason. He simply finds himself in the crowd, just like everyone needs to do in life.
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There’s a huge surprise in the middle-to-end part of the movie that I decided not to spoil for my editor. If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about and, hopefully, you were totally on board with it like I was. The writers are geniuses.
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What was bound to happen happened: everyone got together to unleash creative juices and take the road back to happiness. Everything is awesome indeed.