I went to see this last friday night with some people who were really far too old to want to see a movie based on a children’s toy franchise, and was quite surprised to see that the amount of adults in the cinema far outnumbered the amount of children or teenagers watching it. When I saw the trailer for this I really thought this was just going to be another stupid movie based on toys which would later be categorised alongside Transformers or G.I Joe, but after seeing the movie I am very willing to admit that I was wrong. 

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Chris Pratt voices Emmet Brickowski, a generic (too generic) construction worker who lives in the city and follows the same routine everyday, following the instructions all the way. One day he encounters the bizarrely named Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) who is searching for something at the construction site, and in an attempt to follow her he accidentally becomes attached to the ‘Piece of Resistance’ and is mistaken for the ‘Special’, who will help the Master Builders stop the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell) from using the super weapon, the ‘Kragle’ (A tube of Krazy Glue). 

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The all-star cast is almost as cool as all of the awesome characters in it…

Immediately, I was laughing at Emmet and his routine. There are endless jokes being fired at the audience, and all of the adults in the audience were laughing at the various references to other movies and jokes about Lego. The line, which is featured in the trailer, of ‘Come with me if you want to not die’, an obvious play on the famous line from The Terminator, had me in stitches, despite the fact that I knew it was coming. Batman (Will Arnett) has many hilarious lines, and Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) will forever be one of the funniest ghosts in a movie. The movie references are countless and entertaining, from jokes about Star Wars to jokes about how lame Green Lantern (Jonah Hill). Liam Neeson is also an excellent good-cop-bad-cop, and the list of stars in the film just goes on.

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Lego Batman. Just…. yes.

One of the things I liked the most about this film was that it really didn’t try to be something it wasn’t. It knew it was going to be ridiculous, so it played on that for laughs. Not only was it funny, but it also made a comment on society and consumerism, and how many of us don’t even blink twice about spending ridiculous amounts of money on a main-stream coffee brand. Not to mention the incredibly catchy song which I guarantee you will leave the cinema singing: ‘Everything Is Awesome.’ 

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Slight dig at Starbucks perhaps?

Verdict: Funny, full of references, and probably more entertaining for adults who are going to understand these references than for children. Also, just made me want to play with Lego. Not worth seeing in 3D, however, it does’t add to the experience. 4/5

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