In the Toy Story
series, some of the best scenes take place in a child’s imagination. They’re tremendous action sequences, revealed to exist only in the mind of a child playing with toys. The Lego Movie
stretches that idea to feature length, and the results are pretty incredible. 21 Jump Street
and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have imagined a world of chaotic bliss. Using a combination of computer and stop-motion animation that keeps the herky-jerky laws of Lego physics in mind, The Lego Movie
follows milquetoast construction worker Emmet (Chris Pratt) on a hero's journey. Emmet is seen as the unwitting prophet who could end the reign of President Business (Will Farrell), a tyrant who believes all creations should be made exactly according to instructions. We follow Emmet as he teams with Lego all-stars ranging from Batman to Shaq, who together attempt to keep imagination alive. The Lego Movie
comes dangerously close to the pop culture-saturated Shrek
model of comedy, but just when the film starts becoming too cute, the plot shifts into another nutso action sequence filled with clever sight gags. Naysayers will whine that it's just an extended toy commercial. But for those of us who remember the limitlessness of our imaginations as we played with little plastic blocks, this is a joy to behold.