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|Originaltitel:||The Lego Movie|
|Genre:||Animation, Adventure, Action, Comedy|
|Regie:||Phil Lord & Christopher Miller|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 100 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years]|
The days when playing with LEGO bricks was limited to the home nursery are long gone. LEGO fans have long since let their creativity run wild on the Internet, exchanging ideas, presenting their own creations or recreating film classics in small stop-motion animated films. These so-called brickfilms are so popular that there are now even festivals. And even the big studios have long since discovered LEGO. So there are already various LEGO DVDs around the STAR WARS universe or popular comic superheroes. Now LEGO has also made it to the cinema with a detailed adventure in which the audience can literally marvel at building blocks.
At the centre of the story of "The Lego Movie" is Emmet, an inconspicuous little LEGO figure who not only works on the construction site, but also strictly adheres to the instructions for all other areas of everyday life. Emmet seems really happy about it, too. But then his life is completely turned upside down when Wyldstyle, the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, considers him special. According to legend, The Special is a great hero who alone can save the various LEGO worlds from the evil Lord Business and his mysterious weapon. Wyldstyle doesn't realize that Emmet isn't really a hero until she's already in the middle of a turbulent adventure. The fate of the LEGO world seems to be sealed. But with the help of Wyldstyle's friend Batman, the wise Vitruvius, and other allies from different worlds, Emmet might still be able to go beyond himself if he were only to finally learn to break away from the instructions…
But explosions, smoke, waves, or rocks - everything seen in "The Lego Movie" is made of LEGO bricks. About 15 million stones, to be more precise. These are all virtual, i.e. stones generated on the computer. Nevertheless, the makers attached great importance to showing only things that could theoretically be realized in reality. Thus, it was deliberately decided not to give the figures greater mobility. The directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller ("Wolkig mit Aussicht auf Fleischbällchen", "21 Jump Street") and their team have staged the story of the inconspicuous Nobody, who becomes a great hero, with tremendous creativity. The toy adventure is so peppered with allusions to movies and TV series and filled with countless small details that you can't grasp it all at first glance.
It's sometimes almost too much of a good thing to see here in 100 fast minutes. There is hardly a second when there is nothing to laugh at, marvel at or nostalgically dream about. This is mostly very charming and amusing, but also a bit exhausting and towards the end a bit tiring. But even though "The Lego Movie" runs the risk of degenerating into a visual overkill, there are enough moments for which one gladly accepts this flaw. A nice homage to "Star Wars" for example (for which the original dubbing actors of Han Solo and Co. could be won in the German version), or a successful side blow on Starbucks ensure that not only the eyes, but also the laughter muscles are demanded to the extreme.
The fact that the turbulent events also conceal a declaration of love for playing with classic toys as well as childish creativity and fantasy also comforts the somewhat overloaded production. "The Lego Movie" is not only a visual and technical highlight. The film also has the heart in the right place and could at best make children move away from the TV and computer again and let their own imagination play - if the makers think LEGO is the best way! Although released from 0 years, the film with its tempo and 3D optics actually only appeals to children from 6 years. But from this age on, the animation adventure can be warmly recommended to all little ones and young Lego fans. Or to say it with the song from the movie that Emmet would love to sing all day long: Everything is great here!
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