Chris Pratt is Emmitt, a Lego that wants to be one of the guys and follow the stereotype, Everything is Awesome (it's even the City's anthem) from the radio in his compact car, pays for overpriced coffee with a smile, falling for crude humor over wit on TV and inviting himself places. Hmm, this sounds a lot like nowadays.
Suddenly, he sees someone mysterious while at work and before he reports it like the instructions say. He's captivated by Wyldside (Elizabeth Banks) who mistakens him as "The Chosen One", the one who would save the world from President Business (Will Ferrell) whom wants everything to stay perfect in his own image or...he'll put you to sleep, heh.
This sounds familiar for some reason, maybe it's because Phil Lord/Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street) are back it again bringing adult themes, satire for the parents while the kids are caught up in an stunning, action packed spectable of LEGO world from the minimal movement of their legs, the building instructions, and making it a job to tear them down. Also, an ode to the history of LEGOs (even including the Speed Racer gaffe)
If you played with them, then you will be enamored by the Turtles', Justice League, generic 80's and even the Presidents' collection makes an appearance. Good ole' Honest Abe. Ha.
Flawless voicework from the superb cast. Pratt brings an boyish, humorous likability to Emmitt, Banks has independence and heroism that made me think of Sarah Walker from Chuck and a badass when it comes to building vehicles. Will Arnett lends his talented gruff voice to Batman which made me chuckle every time he spoke. Ferrell though was tailored to be a villain with his tone heightening when he wants perfection. Liam Neeson uses his voice with a trifecta of versatility as Good/Bad Cop also we hear from Lord/Miller's favorite duo, Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum (know when you hear them) and of course, Morgan Freeman is a hoot as The Oracle.
The Lego Movie is one of the most inventive, satirical, heartwarming films since Pixar's The Incredibles. Even learn a life lesson or two with it's twist-filled ending. I hope to see more originality like this from my childhood. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is on the clock...