Honestly? We thought ‘The LEGO Movie’ looked like a bandwagon-hopping shameless cash-in, whose only reason to exist was to separate seven-year-olds and AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) from their pocket money. Two-and-a-half-minutes of hilarious bizarreness later, we feel quite different. Yes, we’re fickle. But here’s why…
It’s one of the funniest trailers of the year.
It’s got Will Ferrell as the voice of a super-baddie, Lord Business, with a glamrock barnet from the haircut hall of shame. It’s by the goofmeisters behind ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs’. We’re sold. Our hero Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) is construction-guy LEGO man – you know, high-vis orange vest, helmet hair – who discovers, ‘The Matrix’-style, that he’s the only one who can save the LEGO universe. But will kids get the jokes about overpriced coffee?
Morgan Freeman is God.
Literally. He’s got the white beard, robes, boomy voice, a big stick and a tie-dye t-shirt. We like. Hold on a sec, we just looked at IMDb, which tells us that while this guy looks like God and talks like God, he is actually called Vitruvius. According to Wikipedia, Vitruvius was a Roman author, architect and engineer during the first century BC.
The merchandising possibilities are endless.
Remember that bit about shamelessly parting kids from their pocket money? That still applies. In the trailer we watch Emmet being taken (by a sassy lady LEGO piece) to a summit of LEGO leaders, the Master Builders. Their number include Wonder Woman, Superman, Green Lantern, Batman, Robin Hood and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That’s enough plastic figures to fill an entire floor of Hamleys. Ker-ching.
Sorry Ben Affleck, Will Arnett is our new favourite Batman.
He’s a scene-stealer. This Batman (voiced by Will Arnett, Gob Bluth in ‘Arrested Development’) is less of a brooder and more of a, uh, how can we put this nicely – more of a dick. He’s got anger issues, is pretty full of himself and has a dodgy line in bat puns: ‘We’ll wing it.’
‘The LEGO Movie’ has all the ingredients of a stoner classic.
Let’s look at the evidence. Abraham Lincoln on a turbo-fired jet, a commune of LEGO superheroes, invisible jets and zombie LEGO men. We rest our case.
‘The LEGO Movie’ opens on February 14 2014.
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