I heard that the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street guys were on it, but that was all I heard for almost a year. The first trailer came out of nowhere, so I hoped the movie would live up to over sixty years of LEGOmania.
Full review and spoilers after the jump.
The story is about conformity versus individualism. I'm dead serious. Emmet is a Minifig (the movie never use that word to my recollection, but that's what we LEGO people call them) with an ultra generic Two-Dots-For-Eyes face, which becomes a big plot and character point. He is a nobody who just wants to go out and get to the bar and hammered with the other guys. Again, dead serious.
Yeah, this movie has a lot of adult jokes. Every kids movie and show these days tries to sneak in some humor for the parents, but this movie was chock full of cynical, meta humor that few kids would actually understand. Despite this, it doesn't go overboard. It's not about taxes or anything like that, and it's not Ratatouille level of "more for adults." But it does have a lot of sausage jokes.
I kind of wanted to see some Marvel vs. DC action. Not a fight, just an appearance by a LEGO Avenger or Spider-Man, possibly in the same scene as Batman or such, and have some kind of acknowledgment between the two sides. My assumption is that since this is a Warner Bros. movie they wanted to showcase the DC characters that they've struggled to get together, and they put any energy they would've put in getting Marvel characters towards that cameo by another Disney property. What I'm referring to is that out of nowhere, unexpected, and totally amazing Star Wars scene. Seriously, that was kick ass! Especially with Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee. Sandly no Harrison Ford, since he was busy ruining Anchorman 2 at the time.