The prophecy foretells that there will be a movie, and it will be the greatest, most interesting, most important movie of all time…the Lego Movie is not that movie, but if there is anything to learn from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s masterpiece of animated cinema, it’s that anything can be the special, you just need to believe – and I know that sounds like a cat poster, but just roll with it.
If you can cast your memories back to the beginning of the year, I wasn’t shy in sharing my complete love for The Lego Movie. So reviewing the film on Blu-ray, have my opinions changed? No, in fact I’m tempted to give it an even better score after seeing it four times already. The Lego Movie is a surprising modern classic and watching it again truly reveals the extent of the visual design – you could watch this movie a dozen times and still not have seen everything held within this brick-laden treasure trove. Everything in this movie is Lego, Lego, and more Lego – from the explosions to the titles, this is without a doubt one of the most visually creative films to hit the mainstream in a really long time.
But more than just snappy exciting visuals and crazy cameos, The Lego Movie feels like something important among the string of crowd-pleasing animated features. The Lego Movie could have easily been a cheeky animated distraction, but it’s more than that, it’s subversive and political, which gives The Lego Movie meaning. Some have criticised the creators for pushing something of a Libertarian agenda with the film’s plot but I have to disagree – the film teaches us about balance: Too many rules can be oppressive, but a world without any rules would be chaos; celebrate individuality, but not at the expense of progress and structure; and most importantly, the value of creativity.
The Lego Movie is a reflection of those very ideals, and together with an incredible voice cast, genius storytelling, and gorgeous visuals, this movie transcends the age barrier for a universally lovable experience that will not be forgotten for a very long time. My only true critique is that the final act isn’t quite as strong as the first two, resorting to the same sort of plot devices that you’d see in The Matrix, and while it doesn’t hurt the film, it’s more of a question of plot convenience that I typically cannot abide.
The Lego Movie is a stunning film to behold – every single brick oozes high-def slickness and will feel like cocaine for your eyeballs. Aside from a few instances of colour banding, it’s a solid release but will never cease to amaze.
The sound design is surprisingly restraint, maintaining a nice balance throughout the sound range. Directional and bass sounds are kept to a minimum although I feel that it should have been explored with greater creativity. It’s a satisfactory mix for the average listener but it’s hardly a test for your 7.1 speaker set-up.
This Blu-ray release of The Lego Movie has a stunning variety of special features on disc. There is nothing run-of-the-mill in this release, everything from the deleted scenes to the making of featurettes are just a little different to what you’d expect. In addition to the regular stuff, there are plenty of hilarious Lego short films, a ‘How to build’ series, and some music videos which I recommend you all watch. Also the commentary is also a blast to listen to – it’s more non-stop jokes and laughter than your typical commentary.
Overall, the Blu-ray is a worthy investment for the bonus features; its more a case of quality over quantity, and sometimes that’s just better.
Everything is awesome with the Blu-ray release of The Lego Movie – it’s a great film, has a sweet HD transfer, and a host of cool feature. So if you like the movie (and I’m sure you did), go out and buy the film, you won’t regret it, and when you do ask yourself this question:
Do you follow the instructions, or do you build with your imagination, because there truly are two kinds of people in the world, so which one are you?