“Everything is Awesome” when it comes to “The LEGO Movie.” The lyrics of the film’s silly-but-catchy song rings true for the entire experience, which ends up being a lot more than a bunch of pop culture references and product placement. Everyone who sees “The LEGO Movie” will certainly walk out of the film immediately wanting to buy and build some LEGO kits, it’s the unexpected message the movie delivers that really sticks in moviegoers’ heads (along with that song).
The movie focuses largely on two main characters, a spry female LEGO mini-figure rebel named Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks, and a rather mindless male LEGO mini-figure construction worker named Emmet, voiced by Chris Pratt. But just as there are infinite possibilities of creations to build with LEGO bricks, there are almost as many characters and unexpected hilarious moments throughout the movie.
Some of the more recognizable LEGO-ized characters come from popular properties like “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Star Wars,” “Superman,” “Batman,” “Lord of the Rings,” and “Harry Potter.” But by the end of the film, the new characters are just as interesting. And a surprise ending pulls together the wackiness in a neat, though rather heavy-handed message giving viewers a new vantage point to approach LEGO building.
“The LEGO Movie” is entirely family-friendly, though there are a few jokes aimed squarely at adults. And any adults who grew up playing with LEGO pieces will enjoy the movie just as much as today’s children. It’s simply a lot of fun.
LEGOLAND Florida is adding to that fun by bringing out the two starring characters to their park, also present at an advance screening of the film in downtown Orlando a few days ago.
Video: LEGO Movie characters Emmet and Wyldstyle at LEGOLAND Florida screening
On Feb. 8 and 9, LEGOLAND Florida guests can engage in a variety of activities themed to the film, including a scavenger hunt in Miniland USA, video game challenge, building competition, and character meet-and-greets on a red carpet.
“The LEGO Movie” Weekend is included with park admission.