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Review: 'LEGO Movie' gets a LEG-Up at the box office

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Meg’s tip: If a prophecy revealed that I had a super power, I would use my special gift to guide general audiences toward “The LEGO Movie.” The film represents everything good that audiences love to see.
 
“The LEGO Movie," directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, started running for general audiences on February 7.
 
In the film, Emmett is an average guy. By day, he works construction. By night, he goes home to lead a low-profile life. But, one day on the job, he’s mistakenly read a prophecy that appears to better suit a MasterBuilder more so than himself. He’s told that he is the chosen one with the power to save the universe from the evil prowess of a LEGO tyrant with Krazy Glue. Can Emmett answer the prophecy?
 
This question does not just go out to Emmett but the general audiences too. Would you answer the call if it meant changing lives? Technically speaking, we all have a purpose and a reason for being. It’s all a matter of us believing and choosing to be the best model of ourselves.
 
Whether you’re an adult looking to go down memory lane or a child that is currently growing up with the popular toy of the same name, many aspects of this animated film will be easy to grasp a hold onto and declare a favorite.
 
With voice acting provided by Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Will Farrell and many more, “The LEGO Movie” is sure to please all. Yes, it serves children and teens with its carefully crafted humor but adults that are knowledgeable about the cast and their talent will enjoy it too.
 
Along the way, numerous references are made to key figures in pop culture and American history. For those that are into the superhero flicks, like Superman or Batman, “The LEGO Movie’s” crime-stopping action might be just what you need. Chaos seemingly runs amuck from scene to scene. If you’re more of a history buff, William Shakespeare gives audiences his two cents in iambic pentameter.
 
If you’re in need of a good piece of sentiment raveled in a plot, “The LEGO Movie” can stand on its own in that department too. The movie’s central theme is one that resonates in all of us and is on point with its aim.
 
For a side-splitting laugh and a feel-good tone, this film can do just the trick. It does not get any funnier than watching superheroes suck so bad at making matters better while on the job. When stuck in Kragle, also known as Krazy Glue, Superman struggles to get loose and then Green Lantern decides to intervene.
 
Green Lantern: Don't worry Superman, I'll get you out of there
Superman: No, don't...
Green Lantern: Oh my gosh, my hands are stuck. My legs are stuck as well.
Superman: I super hate you.
 
Superb animation can be credited for some of this film’s comedic success. The production’s timing and the overall design of animation help to define the film as a future classic.
 
Most of all, “The LEGO Movie” really comes alive through storytelling. This helped to dismiss the bad reputation that some animated films gain for poor production efforts and for lack of ability to engage both adults and children.
 
In a nutshell, “The LEGO Movie” looks to flaunt its goods from scene one and it is this fervor that grants the film a leg-up in my books and likely at the box office too.
 
“The LEGO Movie” comes from the Warner Bros. production company and is rated PG for mild action and rude humor.

Megann Horstead is the North Central College Chronicle's social media editor. This review was reprinted with permission from the North Central Chronicle.

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