‘Lego Movie’ fulfils childhood dream, entertains all audiences

Jill Reifsnyder, Contributing Writer

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Everyone’s favorite childhood toys have come to life in this cinematic tale of a rule-abiding, ordinary LEGO mini-figure, Emmet, mistaken to be the MasterBuilder destined to save the LEGO universe.

I can’t go into much more detail without giving away some of the best parts of the movie or the ending, so you’ll just have to trust me… you’ll want to see this movie.

This blockbuster hit comes as no surprise when you look at the amazing cast involved in the production. Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) does an amazing job portraying the simple and innocent Emmet, and surrounding Pratt are co-stars Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, and Shaq, just to name some of the many familiar voices of the film.

One great thing about this movie is the nostalgia that sweeps over you while you see your favorite toys come to life in ways you never imagined. The plot has an amazing array of LEGO pieces and characters to give each member of the audience a piece of their childhood back.

To make things more “realistic” and visually enticing, everything is LEGO. Everything. The sky, the water, every amazing bit of animation is made of LEGO pieces and is sure to keep your eyes glued to the screen.

I was pleasantly surprised that, unlike many movies currently released, the trailers didn’t contain all of the funny parts! I continued to laugh throughout the movie without boredom or lack of interest. It has humor for both adults and children. It has sarcasm and wit, as well as some clumsy moments for every type of humor, making it a great family friendly film.

One of my biggest complaints about the movie was that I never became emotionally invested in the characters. I found myself caring more about which actor I liked best, instead of rooting for the good guys.

When it came to the film’s in-story rivalry, I wasn’t much concerned with the LEGO universe as a whole; to me it was just a movie. Although it was an extremely entertaining movie that kept my attention, I didn’t escape into another world, I stayed in Wilkes Barre.

My only other concern about this movie was the hype it received. When I went to see this movie I was told by several people how amazing it was and I heard too many wonderfully deceitful comments that got my hopes up to see the best movie of 2014.

Unfortunately, I’m still waiting for the best movie of the year. This movie is a great movie and I believe everyone will thoroughly enjoy it, but it is not life altering and it is not the greatest cinematic film to hit the big screen. Please, do not go into this movie with huge expectations or you will be disappointed, just as I was when leaving.

Overall the movie was pretty great. I really enjoyed it myself and it was a good happy-go-lucky kind of film that you need on a drowsy rainy day. The cast is packed and each actor gives an amazing performance. But be warned, you will not be able to get the songs out of your head while leaving the theater, or even that night.

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