Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt) is just another builder without any stand out qualities, in another words he doesn’t stand out from the pack. One day he finds a beautiful woman digging in the construction site and as he becomes entangled with her and Bad Cop (Liam Neeson) he becomes the Special One and a key figure for the resistance. But before the prophecy can become whole Emmet must become a Master Builder in order to stop the President Business (Will Ferrell) from using the Kragle. With the help of Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett), and Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), Emmet must travel the universe in order to discover his true self.
I have watched the Lego Movie a few times already, I happily paid the price of admission at the theaters and now that I have it in hand I just had to watch it a few more times, and every time I am left in awe by the awesome imagery of the movie. Visually looks stunning, but you have to admire the amount of different worlds that were built and created just for the movie. I mean we are seeing fully developed worlds of Legos; the artistic level here is incredible. I expected a movie that only showcased the different Lego sets, but the movie itself featured far more than that, it’s a package full of fun and wonder.
As previously mentioned, The Lego Movie isn’t just another movie made to showcase the commercial aspect of Lego, but it features a well structure story with an excellent set of characters. The story does have a well-structured dialogue with well placed gags and witty comedy that doesn’t feel forced. The comedy flows and comes out naturally without feeling forced or feeling like writers forced a gag. That’s the real virtue of The Lego Movie it fulfills the comedy aspect and it is not just aimed to the younger audience but everyone. It’s a rather formulaic quest story, but it’s written in a very smart way that it never really feels like an overused theme. I personally enjoyed the way the filmmakers incorporated the many Lego universes and included several character cameos throughout the movie. The characters were excellent and the voice cast was phenomenal.
The Lego Movie should not only be viewed as film for kids but also for everyone as it delivered quality entertainment for everyone. The Everything is Awesome edition is by far the best value for the money; it includes the 2D and 3D versions of the film. Without giving much away, the 3D version was “Awesome” and if you haven’t seen it in 3D, now is your chance!
The Lego Movie arrives on Blu-ray with beautiful MPEG4/AVC encode framed at 2.40:1 aspect ratio. From the beginning we see that this movie looks fantastic and as the movie moves forward we see the true beauty brick by brick. The colors are vivid throughout the film and when you think you have seen everything, you are shown something else that just simply makes you wonder if this is the best looking animated film. The darker scenes feature inky black levels. The detailing is fantastic, in various scenes we can see close ups of the characters and we can see the patterns in the surface of the bricks. There are far too many details that surround the image that is hard to point them all out, for that you should definitely run out and get this movie because it looks incredible.
The 3D version here is the clear winner, if you don’t like 3D then you have no clue what you are missing. There’s an added level of enjoyment and entertainment with the 3D version that cannot be provided by the 2D version. The 3D version is an exact replica of the 2D version, visually stunning. However, the 3D versions features a great sense of depth even when no intentional 3D gags were created. Objects on the screen often seemed to have space in between them and the best part was that no ghosting was detected. I do wish more 3D effects were made, but as is I have no complaints with how it turned out. If you are on the fence on the Everything is Awesome edition, I can’t recommended enough, and the 3D version is far more enjoyable.
The Lego Movie arrives with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio lossless track. Personally, I would have preferred a 7.1 track, it would have added an extra level of immersion, but the 5.1 track is fantastic on all levels. The dialogue is beautifully prioritized and the directionality works well. The rears offer great support and when you least expect it, the track comes alive and all channels are utilized effectively. The LFE channel is surprisingly active and accurate. The dynamic range is on point as well. The Lego Movie simply sounds fantastic!
Audio Commentary – The audio track features Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Will Arnett, and Charlie Day. When you have this much talent in a commentators’ track you know it’s going to get silly and indeed it does. The track is fun and full of jokes, but overall very enjoyable. If you have time to listen, give it a go.
Batman’s A True Artist (1:12) -This is a batman music video describing the his dark personality in a very creative Lego way.
Michelangelo and Lincoln: History Cops (1:21) – This is a quick fictional commercial of Michelangelo and Lincoln solving a crime case.
Enter the Ninjago (2:13) – The president of Lego talks to Emmet about adding ninjas to the movie.
Behind the Scenes: Bringing Lego to Life (12:36) – This pieces goes behind the scenes to give viewers a glimpse of the creative process behind creating The Lego Movie.
Everything is Awesome Sing Along (3:19)
Behind the Scenes: See It, Build It!
Introduction with Senior Lego Designer Michael Fuller (0:49)
Build the Double-Decker Couch (3:53) – Michael Fuller shows the viewers how to create the double-decker couch model with Legos.
Build Emmet’s Car (2:55) – Michael Fuller shows the audience how to build a customized version of Emmet’s car.
Introduction with Modeling Artist Adam Ryan (0:41)
Digital Double-Decker Couch (2:11) – Adam Ryan shows us how he modeled the double-decker couch on his computer.
Digital Emmet Car (1:51) – Same as the previous piece, Adam Ryan talks shows us how to create Emmet’s car on his computer.
Behind the Scenes: Stories From The Story Team (4:02) – Story artist talk about the storyboards for the Lego Movie.
Fan-Made Films: Top-Secret Submissions (3:51) – Chris Pratt talks about the submissions from fans and the audience gets to see the top submissions as well as the winning submissions that made it into The Lego Movie.
Dream Job: Meet the Lego Builders (13:28) – Different individuals in the movie process talk about the real Lego certified master builders and what it was to work with them to create The Lego Movie.
Additional Promotional Content (3:51) – This piece has a few character pieces for as promotional material.
Alleyway Test (0:55) – This is an animation test for the scene where Wyldstyle builds Emmet’s car.
Deleted Scenes (3:20)
What is there left to say about The Lego Movie that you haven’t yet heard? The Lego Movie was better than expected and it is easy to see why it was a huge hit when it was in the theaters. The film is far better than anyone thought and even though some of the kiddie movies previously releases from Lego had questionable quality this one just simply outshines them all. Visually stunning and an audio track that doesn’t hold back, The Lego Movie is definitely worth every penny. The Everything Is Awesome pack offers you the best of both worlds with a 2D and 3D version (even a DVD copy if you need on of those too), so this is one title that I highly recommend!