One thing is for certain, when you walk out of The Lego Movie, it will be while chanting the catchy song Everything is Awesome.
And it only seems fitting for a movie that is, well, awesome.
With zany colours and characters, clever gags and self-referential humour, The Lego Movie is one of those special films that’s a blast for adults and kids alike.
In fact, as the jokes fly thick and fast, some of the funniest pop culture winks are likely to sail straight over children’s heads.
From writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie is perhaps one of the most fantastically imaginative and creative films to hit screens in some time.
Made almost entirely in Australia by animation and visual effects house Animal Logic, The Lego Movie looks incredibly real. But it’s when MasterBuilders like Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks) work their magic, creating anything from motorcycles to submarines on the run, that it’s really spectacular.
Amid all the craziness is Emmet, a happy-go-lucky Lego mini figure voiced by Chris Pratt, who’s mistaken for the MasterBuilder who according to prophecy, will save the future of the Lego world from the evil clutches of President Business (Will Ferrell).
Wyldstyle realises Emmet isn’t the real deal, but with the help of Batman (voiced by Will Arnett), Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) and a gaggle of other characters, including the lovable Unikitty (Alison Brie) they must try to save the day.
Remember in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, when Daffy and Donald Duck played the piano?
Well, that gets cranked into a whole new level in The Lego Movie. Pop culture icons from Superman to Gandalf to Dumbledore mingle in dazzling worlds, such as Cloud Cuckoo Land.
And there’s a twist into live-action toward the end, which adds a whole other layer to the story and injects a nice dollop of emotion.
Brick by brick, the creators of The Lego Movie have defied cynics and created a movie that’s not a toy advertisement, but a fun-filled imaginative escape that’s so detailed, you could find something new every time you watched it.
* The Lego Movie releases in Australian cinemas on April 3.