SOUNDBITE: The Lego Movie offers nostalgic comedy worth seeing


Lego Skyler at the movie

When I was smaller I built things with Legos all the time, and I was always Yoda bouncing around after my brother playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in Lego Star Wars. I have always enjoyed Legos except when I stepped on one, so when I heard about The Lego Movie, I naturally had a human connection to it. This movie would be pretty cool. And it was.

At first, I thought it was a little kid movie, but when I got there opening weekend, there were people of all ages waiting to get in.

What made the movie so cool was the versatility of the Lego characters. Just like the real toys, these Lego actors could be anything from an old Western scene to a space travel scene to a rainbow kiddie land.

The animation was cartoonish, but the figures still walked just like they were real Legos, but they had human reflexes. The cartoon Legos interact with human played by Will Ferrell (Anchorman I and II). Lego voices include Morgan Freeman (The Bucket List, Now You See Me), Will Arnett (Up All Night, 30 Rock), Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect, 30 Rock).

This movie has humor for all ages. I chuckled throughout the movie, especially at the antics of Arnett as Batman. Ferrell is convincing in both the roll of the human father and the Lego villain, Lord Business. This movie gets its PG rating only for the explosions and Lego action-violence.

I have watched hundreds of G and PG-rated movies in my life. This one is worth watching. I don’t want to give away the plot, but I will just say that “Everything is Awesome” in Lego Land.