Title: The LEGO® Movie
Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rated: PG (For mild action and rude humor)
I'm not sure if “The LEGO® Movie” was made with computer animation or stop motion, but one thing is very clear: the directors have a deep love for how these toys are supposed to work. All of the pieces work the way real LEGO's® would work if you were playing with them in real life, and the jerky movements at times just add a visual charm that is undeniable. This is easily one of the best looking animated films I've seen. It raises the bar for just how clever animation can be used to tell a story with, and the look of this film could have been all wrong if not done right. Look, I know this is high praise for a movie that exists essentially to sell toys.
Movies like this are usually pretty easy to despise because the last thing you want to do is pay to see something that is shilling out a product for you to purchase later on. “The LEGO® Movie” is one of those rare movies that just works on every level despite the reason it was green lit in the first place. The screenplay is much better than a project like this deserves to have, but it goes to show that you can make anything great if you have a love for what you are doing. I know this movie is going to be a big hit with kids and families, but don't be too surprised if this catches on with the teenage and adult audience as well. Come Valentine's Day if you are looking for a movie both the guy and the girl can watch together, then “The LEGO® Movie” is it. I never thought I'd say that about a movie that has a ® symbol in its title, but there you have it.