Review: Ferrell and Freeman odd comedy pair in “The Lego Movie”

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Will Ferrell, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Morgan Freeman lend their voice talents for Warner Brothers Pictures’ newest animated flick, “The Lego Movie”.

Emmet Brickowski (voice by Pratt) is an ordinary Lego land citizen who finds out he is destined to be the ultimate Master Builder.  Emmett, with the help of his new female friend, Wyldstyle (voice by Banks), has to save his universe from an evil dictator, Lord Business (voice by Ferrell).

The trickiest part of “The Lego Movie” is identifying some of the other familiar voices like Will Arnett, Shaquille O’Neal, Billy Dee Williams, Liam Neeson, Channing Tatum, and Jonah Hill.

“The Lego Movie” is a family friendly movie that taps into the inner childhood of everyone.  Even the adults who did not play with Legos as children, like me, are reminded of the playful sprit of every adolescent.

The movie is also evenly balanced for families with both boys and girls. Disney’s “Frozen” is more geared towards little girls, and while most viewers would assume “The Lego Movie” is tailored to young boys, it has the excitement and engagement for the entire family.  Similar to the “Shrek” series, the movie has adult like humor and even jokes that only adults would be able to comprehend.

Actor Morgan Freeman seen at the premiere of the feature film "The Lego Movie" on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

Actor Morgan Freeman seen at the premiere of the feature film “The Lego Movie” on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

The cinematography is top notch!  Visually the movie sucks you right into an actual Lego world.  Cinematographer Pablo Plaisted, who also worked on the visual effects of the “Happy Feet” series, manages to show the complexity of making water and food, still his work comes off as simplistic and effortless in the film.  The use of 3D effects are very detailed and attention grabbing.

I never imagined Morgan Freeman and Will Ferrell would be such an awesome comedy duo.  But it worked so well!  Both actors were outrageously hilarious yet clean and appropriate for the younger audience.  Will Ferrell, who voiced one of the main characters, also makes an actual cameo in the movie.  The creative twist brings the movie all together.

With almost 80 movies under his belt, Morgan Freeman has surpassed all seasoned acting veterans.  Freeman is currently 3 filming three movies (“Life Itself”, “Dolphin Tale 2”, “Lucy”).  It’s safe to say that any acting role he commits to from now on will only strength his already established legacy.   His father-like, soothing voice has become the coined narration of several documentaries, movies and used for many commercial advertisements.

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Members of the Steel City LUG ( Lego User Group) and other Lego lovers gathered in the Waterfront on Saturday, February 1, 2014 for the Pittsburgh premiere.   Iva Freeman, 35, was one of the Pittsburgh parents who brought her family to get a first glimpse of the movie.  “The movie was great family fun and although it starts off with funny children things, the movie ends with a lesson for all ages.”  The movie’s lesson is that “everyone is different in their own way and that’s what makes them special.”

“The Lego Movie” is in theatres now.

3.5 Lego Stars

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Merecedes J. Howze, Movie Scene Queen

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