DVD review: Everything really is awesome in ‘LEGO Movie’

By Sean P. Means

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: June 17, 2014 09:09AM
Updated: June 14, 2014 01:01AM
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows characters, from left, Benny, voiced by Charlie Day, Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, Vitruvius, voiced by Morgan Freeman, Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks and Unikitty, voiced by Alison Brie, in a scene from "The Lego Movie." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)

Grade • A

DVD •Faced with the possibility that it could be merely a toy commercial disguised as a movie, “The LEGO Movie” surprises and delights by celebrating the anarchic spirit of the famed building-brick toy, mixing up familiar components in original ways.

The movie centers on a boring mini-figure construction worker, Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt), who is told by the rebellious WyldStyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks) that he’s the “Chosen One” meant to save everyone from the evil Lord Business (voiced by Will Ferrell), whose dreams of “perfection” would mean a suffocating death to the whole LEGO world.

With witty cameos by mini-figs representing everyone from Shaquille O’Neal to Batman (voiced by Will Arnett), and Morgan Freeman stealing the show as a wizard, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller create a smart, funny comedy that brick-loving kids and their parents will both find awesome.