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FILM REVIEW: THE LEGO MOVIE (U)

My favourite childhood toys include Scalextric, Space Hoppers, and Lego. When I heard there was going to be a Lego movie, I worried that it could be as bad as past toy themed films (G.I. Joe, Transformers, The Bratz Movie, Battleship, etc) and change my views on a much loved franchise.

Thankfully, The Lego Movie is better than the films mentioned above… a lot better.

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This fast-paced family adventure focuses on Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), an ordinary, rule following construction worker. His Lego universe becomes threatened by President Business (Will Ferrell), a villain who plans to glue the world’s Lego pieces together – stopping them becoming anything other than what he wants them to be (political message, anyone?).

Emmet is recruited by a freedom fighter named Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), who mistakes him for the man prophesised to put an end to President Business’ evil plans. Together, they team up with other ‘master builders’ such as Batman (Will Arnett), Green Lantern (Jonah Hill), Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), Superman (Channing Tatum), for a quest that Emmet is completely unprepared for.

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As expected from the writers-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (the duo behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street), The Lego Movie is inspiring, poignant and genuinely funny.

It’s important to remember that some jokes are aimed at children, whilst others are intended for the more mature viewer. So although not all the jokes had me laughing out loud, I would still say this is the funniest film I’ve seen during the last 12 months.

My only criticism is that a particular song titled ‘Everything is Awesome’ will be stuck in your head long after the film has finished.

See The Lego movie from Friday February 14 at Showcase, Peterborough. For show times visit www.showcasecinemas.co.uk and follow them on Twitter.

Mikey Clarke

Genres: Animation and Comedy

Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Jonah Hill and Will Forte

Running Time: 100mins

Writer/Directors: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

See it if you liked: Wreck it Ralph and Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs

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