The LEGO Movie (2014)
Emmet is just an ordinary guy in an ordinary town (made entirely out of blocks) but he discovers one day that he is in fact, not so ordinary, that he is “The Super”, that is the chosen one tasked by Morgan Freeman himself to save the LEGO world from the evils of Will Ferrell, who plays the dastardly President Business. This may surprise some people, but this was probably my favorite movie of 2014, perhaps tied only by the other Chris Pratt feature film Guardians of the Galaxy (hell of a year for that guy). This is a kid’s movie that adults will enjoy as much or more than their children do, and as the parent of a three year old I cannot tell you how truly rare a thing that is to find. With any luck this will become a childhood classic over the next few years, at least I know at my house it will. My daughter loved it for the talking Lego blocks and the generally cute characters. I loved it for the great “subversive” storyline contained in it that gives big bland soul sucking corporations a really well deserved drubbing, and all of the great little in-jokes tucked in everywhere. Just a great, great movie, and one that caught me off guard as I really did not have high expectations for a movie based on a toy company(let’s look at the track record of how often that works). The only drawback here is that you will wish to stab yourself in the eardrums to get that “Everything is Awesome” song out of your head, other than that, this one is an absolute can’t miss. Christ Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, and the rest of the cast all sounded like they were having a hoot making this, and it was equally fun to watch.