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The Lego Movie – Review

After a ton of hype generated by a ridiculous number of positive reviews for The Lego Movie, I decided to go see it in theaters.  I can say my expectations for this movie were sky high going in, but unfortunately the movie itself fell a little short of all these expectations.

The voice acting in this movie was terrific.  Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell and Charlie Day all were fantastic in their roles.  Though everyone had absolutely standout voice work performances, the one that really stood out to me was Liam Neeson’s Bad Cop/Good Cop.  It was absolutely hilarious to hear Neeson switch back and forth between his normal “I will find you and I will kill you” voice and his high pitched overly happy tone.  I almost thought it was two different actors.

The animation in the movie was also of the highest degree.  The world was animated in a stop-motionesque computer animation style that just really hit it out of the park.  There were a number of jaw-dropping visuals in the film and this complimented the voice work terrifically.

At times, I felt like many of the jokes would go way over a kid’s head as they were targeted directly towards adults.  For instance, I don’t believe a child would get Charlie Day’s 80’s space guy Lego jokes   I assume the writers thought that a child would be so engrossed in the amazing visuals and the fact that they were watching legos in action that a few jokes falling flat wouldn’t be a big deal.

The story telling was a little clumsy for me at times.  The movie would go from so much action that you couldn’t process the numerous beautiful visuals to strings of exposition explaining everything that was happening.  Though the film was by no means the worst offender of this kid’s movie trap, it was still a little noticeable to me at points.

Overall, The Lego Movie is a ton of fun, but at times for me it felt too fast paced and the story telling felt a little clumsy at points.  That being said, it’s still a good movie overall and one that has a good message for children and adults alike.  Just don’t expect this movie to be “the best kid’s movie in ages” or the best Batman movie ever if you’re an adult.

4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)