Kids' movie built on solid foundations
Directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord
Everything is awesome in The Lego Movie - well, until the last 10 minutes.
A bright 3D animated film of the world-famous toy has it all; Batman, singing, dancing, jokes and Liam Neeson as the voice of a character. What more could you want in a movie?
A decent ending, perhaps?
The movie begins with the earnest protagonist Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), a construction worker whose staid existence has him spending his day according to the rules.
He lives an existence that barely involves thinking - until one day he finds himself back on the construction site after it has closed for the day.
There he unexpectedly falls into an underworld where he meets female love interest Wyldstyle, who also happens to be a master builder.
He bands with the master builders to stop tragedy from striking the Lego planet, with evil Lord Business (voiced by Will Ferrell) attacking with his Krazy Glue. Emmet has to learn to stand on his own two feet and think.
Although it is a "child's" animated movie there are plenty of jokes thatin the realm of adults - especially those involving Batman.
The graphics are great, and immediately transport you into the sort of fantasy world that f you'd expect to go in a child's head as they play with the plastic bricks.
The movie was thoroughly enjoyable until the lacklustre ending. However, children will love the fast-paced ride.
The Timaru Herald