The Big Ticket: The Lego Movie,


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What is it? A computer-animated film of the perennially popular children’s toy. Features the voices of Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman; written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs).

The Independent says: “Adults who go to The Lego Movie out of a weary sense of parental duty are in for a very pleasant surprise … a zany and tremendously witty affair. The screenplay has traces of Orwellian satire while throwing in sideswipes at corporate America along with as many pop culture and film references as you would find in the average Tarantino movie … the 3-D computer animation is as fluid as the Lego characters themselves are rigid.”

They say: The Times: “Toy-based movies don’t have to be thumpingly stupid feature-length explosion montages. The proof is The Lego Movie … a deliriously inventive treat. Lord and Miller take a sophisticated interlocking brick system and use it to say something almost profound about play and imagination, with a few digs at corporate culture thrown in … the animation is exuberant and lawless; the 3-D is a genuine asset.”

Radio Times: “Every bit as imaginative, colourful and cleverly constructed as their plastic inspiration …  The breakneck pace may be overwhelming at times, but the action is literally block-busting and the gags come thick and fast, while the film’s message about freedom of expression is positively inspiring.”

Daily Mail: “The computer-generated action is dazzlingly relentless, and sometimes so surreal as to be incoherent, but it doesn’t matter in the slightest. As old board games used to say, it is suitable for children from eight to 80, and who could fail to be swept along by a song called ‘Everything Is Awesome’?”

You say: @worbzz: “one of the best family films i ever watched”

@AntErgodyne: “my face hurts from smiling. Passed the 6 laugh test in the first 3 mins.”