by Lauren Schwabe
Emmet (Chris Pratt) is just your everyday guy, waking up in the morning, stopping for coffee on his way to his job as a construction worker and then going out for a drink with co-workers after work and watching TV when he gets home at the end of the day. He likes the same music as everyone else, drives the same type of car and never has any original ideas. Ever.
But Emmet’s simple life is about to be shaken. One day after work is over, Emmet sees a mysterious figure poking around his construction site. Running to warn him about the danger of the site, he trips and falls down a crack between some rubble and has a vision about a prophecy.
Once he comes back to consciousness, Emmet finds a large red piece glued to his back. He is told by a beautiful master builder named Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) that he is “The Special,” the fulfillment of the prophecy and the greatest Master Builder ever.
Now, it is his job to stop President Business’ evil plan to glue the entire world together. Emmet, overwhelmed but enthused by all of the praise about being “the Special,” agrees to do his best to stop President Business.
But, as Wyldstyle and the rest of the Master Builders soon find out, they might’ve pegged the wrong guy as the one to save them all.
This film is the most fun I’ve had at a movie in a while. Since many adults and college students grew up playing with LEGO, it’s fun to see the action figures come to life in a great animated movie. There’s slap-stick humor younger kids enjoy as well as funny lines only adults will catch. The storyline is engaging with an unexpected plot twist at the end that makes it even better.
The unlikely hero–Emmet– is endearing because he is so inadequate. But it is through his character flaws that the film’s major theme rings true: everyone is special and deserves to be treated as such.
Review Rating: 3/4
Release Date: Feb. 7, 2014
Rated PG for mild action and rude humor
Categorized as Animation, Comedy, Adventure