Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Lego Movie' Built upon Solid Laughs Popular Toys Come to Life in the Animated Film That Delivers a Clever and Hilarious Thrill Ride

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Lego Movie' Built upon Solid Laughs Popular Toys Come to Life in the Animated Film That Delivers a Clever and Hilarious Thrill Ride

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You may recall that this concept of everyday toys coming to life has been attempted in the past.

All in all, it went pretty well. So it's hard to go into something as commercially driven-sounding and unimaginatively titled as "The Lego Movie" without some apprehension.

Could it possibly rise to "Toy Story" level?

Well, yes.

"The Lego Movie," directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller ("Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," "21 Jump Street"), is a hilarious thrill ride, relentlessly funny and clever, from the minute we meet our hero -- Emmet.

There's nothing heroic about Emmet (Chris Pratt), a Lego construction worker who lives and works strictly by the (instruction) book. That's how President Business (Will Ferrell) wants it, and he keeps the citizens of Bricksburg pacified with a steady diet of inane TV shows ("Where Are My Pants"?), inane pop songs ("Everything Is Awesome") and Taco Tuesdays. He's trumped up by the mega-corporation Octan, which controls everything, including the voting machines.

Emmet's manual goes out the window when he stumbles upon a beautiful rebel, Master Builder Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks), and becomes attached (literally) to a prophesied Piece of Resistance that is the only hope for Bricksburg. President Business is actually Lord Business and along with Bad Cop/Good Cop (Liam Neeson) he plans to reign terror upon Lego city with the chemical weapon Kragle.

Emmet is dragged unwillingly into an underground revolutionary movement led by bearded mystic Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) and peopled with such historical giants as Abraham Lincoln, William Shakespeare, Wonder Woman, the Ninja Turtles, Dumbledore and the 2002 NBA All-Stars.

Meanwhile, Emmet's slim hope of winning the affections of Wildstyle hit a snag when he learns that she already has a boyfriend -- Batman! And he's a pompous egomaniac played by Will Arnett. …

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