"The voice cast is just amazing, bringing so much heart to the characters they embody"
A feature film about LEGO? You can be forgiven if you were one of the people that scoffed at the idea, as it could so easily be one of two things - offensively awful, or entertaining and awesome. Thankfully, in this instance, it's the latter - unashamedly so, judging by the song that plays throughout the film.
After a short scene to set up the plot of the film, we are introduced to Emmet, voiced by Chris Pratt, an ordinary, work-a-day LEGO mini-figure, just going about his life as a construction worker, struggling to fit in. After a routine work day, Emmet is separated from his colleagues and comes across the hooded figure - Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and he gets caught up an adventure to stop President Business (Will Ferrell) from covering the world in Kragle.
Helped along the way by various familiar faces including Batman (Will Arnett), Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders), Superman (Channing Tatum) and Green Lantern (Jonah Hill) as well as some unfamiliar faces like Unikitty (Alison Brie), Metal Beard (Nick Offerman) and Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), Emmet unlocks the secret to being a Master Builder, culminating in various run ins with Bad Cop voiced by the marvellous Liam Neeson, until finally going toe-to-toe with President Business.
The voice cast is just amazing, bringing so much heart to the characters they embody, most notably Pratt as Emmet who on some level is the emotional core to the film and proving that anyone, no matter how ordinary you seem, can be special. Charlie Day's Benny who is a space ship obsessed 1980-Something Space Guy is totally insane and a joy to watch, and Will Arnett completely nails Batman, emulating the gruff voice of Christian Bale's Batman but in a more comedic way. You simply can't fault any of the voice casting, they are all fantastic and the film as a whole is hilarious, you'll be laughing the whole way through.
So many of us were keen LEGO fans as young children, having hours of fun with various characters from the LEGO universe. Well, it seems now that fun has extended into adulthood. This keeps the unrelenting adventure tale all the way though, giving us an emotional K.O. that can rival Toy Story 3, which just elevates everything we have seen before.
All in all, The LEGO Movie is a fantastic film and is definitely a must see, proving to be a perfect alternative viewing during Valentine's weekend.