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Movie Review: LEGO builds its way to the top

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By Ben Hanlon

Writers and directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord bring LEGOs to life in the new comedy, “The LEGO Movie.” Emmet (Chris Pratt) is an ordinary LEGO construction worker who always does what he is instructed to do.
He works and lives happily in the city of Bricksburg when one day he is mistaken for a Masterbuilder, who can stop the evil Lord Business from destroying the LEGO world with his secret weapon.
When Emmet finds the “piece of resistance” he becomes the most important and extraordinary LEGO character in the universe.
After escaping Bad Cop (Liam Neeson), Emmet is recruited into a fellowship of strangers who have a mission to save the world from Lord Business’ destructive plan.
Together they unite with the real Masterbuilders, LEGO Batman, Superman, C-3PO and many more familiar characters to execute their plan.
This family action film keeps viewers laughing through the entire one hour and 41 minute showing. The plot never suffers from a dull moment and features an endless array of jokes and gags.
The movie is so fast-paced that it is hard for the viewer to keep up in the beginning, but the plot slows as the film progresses.
Although available to view in both 3-D and 2-D, the movie features too few 3-D scenes to justify spending the extra money on the 3-D version.
All the scenes and characters in the film are made out of LEGO bricks, which adds to the entertaining visuals. The theme song “Everything is awesome” keeps the audience bouncing and conveys the underlying message that everyone is special.
Whether you played with LEGOs in your youth, have children that play LEGOs, or collect LEGOs yourself, “The LEGO Movie” is enjoyable and appealing to all ages — both young and old.