The Movie: 8/10
It’s fun and funny and clever and fun, and more fun again. I’m not sure what else you want from an animated film on a hot summer night. The Lego Movie, while we have to acknowledge it’s a feature length commercial for a huge toy corporation, is still pretty darn entertaining and worth the brainwashing.
A good guy who is just kind of going along to get along in his life in his happy ordered world is exposed to the truth about that happy world and it cracks open a whole movie full of adventure and sweet good times. Yes, sweet, OK, deal with it. Our leading man is Emmet, construction worker, nothing special, nothing extraordinary. Ah but is he. The idea of the movie is that everyone has a certain specialness about them, awe, cute and sugary sweet and I don’t normally like that sort of thing but this time I can handle it.
There are unexpected elements to this story that made me very happy indeed. We are not just taking a trip through an animated world made of plastic toy blocks. There is something else to the universe and that makes this movie even more entertaining. I won’t say much about the actual story, just watch it. I will say that the voice acting is wonderfully funny and everyone fits with their character. The “special effects” are weird to talk about since it’s all CGI, but you know what I mean when I say the big action sequences and the effects are awesome, a feast for the eyes. I want to see it again JUST to look at everything I missed the first time.
The epic journey from Emmet’s daily life that has been designed for him by the powers that be, through meeting some unusual and non-compliant characters, and into full on “saving the world” action, it’s all thorough entertainment. I don’t always need deep thinking….oh but way, there is some of that here too, so it’s a win-win.
If I were to admit that I want another Lego movie I would have to admit that I’m suckered into their mind trap. They made an hour and a half long commercial and here I am eating it up….well played Lego mega overlords. Entertain me and I’m your puppet in a string. I will listen to the music you want, watch the TV you want me to watch, and behave in exactly the way you want, or maybe not:)
- Feature Commentary – Director’s Chris Miller & Phil Lord join actors Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Charlie Day & Alison Brie for a commentary track that is almost as entertaining as the movie. There are tons of hidden things in the film and Chris Pratt goes out of his way to make sure you notice them.
- Batman: A True Artist – Batman’s Nine Inch Nails inspired song featured in the film is given a music video. Hilarious that Batman is a brooding goth type character in the movie.
- Michelangelo & Lincoln: History Cops – A small trailer in the style of a Grindhouse movie. As funny as most of the stuff on the disc is.
- Enter The Ninjago – I am not sure what a Ninjago is (Apparently the next Lego Movie centers around them) but here we see them invade this movie.
- Bringing LEGO To Life – A making of aimed at the younger audience, they try to do the cute thing and make it seem like Emmet is a real movie star.
- Everything Is Awesome Singalong – A Karaoke version of the song from the movie that you will be singing for weeks.
- See It! Build It! – A series of mini featurettes which show you how to build some of the iconic items from the movie in real Lego bricks.
- Stories From The Story Team – A look at how the script was created and concepts from the main theme of the movie.
- Fan Made Films: Top Secret Submissions – Lego had a competition to coincide with the movie and here are the top three short films.
- Outtakes – A blooper real that is actually very funny. Batman and Emmet leaning had me in stitches.
- Deleted Scenes – Three minutes of scenes from the cutting room floor.
- Dream Job: Meet The LEGO Builders – Exclusive to the everything is awesome edition this featurette takes you on a journey with real LEGO designers. You even get to see Legoland and some early concepts for the movie.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 9/10
Love the cover, and yes I would have it as a poster. The menu is just basic navigation.
Audio & Video: 9/10
The LEGO movie has a stunning CG lighting style that comes across brilliantly on Blu-Ray. Warner’s 1080P AVC encoded presentation is about as good as it gets. The film uses a natural real world lighting source that shifts and brings the LEGO world to life-like never before. Colors are detailed and textures are refined and even the chips and missing paint on some of the older bricks does not get lost in the action. Best of all there are no signs of Macro-blocking or ringing infact everything is AWESOME!!!!!!
To go along with the awesome video presentation Warner treats us to a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that will tear your living room in two. There are some impressive uses of surround sound during the movie, listen for Batman’s batarang as he throws it during one of the action sequences. LFE output is big and loud especially during the closing sequence. Disney set the bar for animated movie soundtracks on Blu-Ray but Warner are doing more than competing here they are matching and sometimes surpassing.
Overall Score 8/10