lego transparency    Everything may not be awesome with the Lego Movie, but it’s far from bad. It takes a few scenes to “build up” to the good stuff, but once it does the film becomes a trip of nostalgia and fun. Despite the whole movie being essentially a Lego version of the opening scene to Toy Story 3, it isn’t just a series of bright colors and fast paced scenes to keep the young ones’ attention. I mean, it’s exactly that, but it’s done so well that anyone who every sat down with the tiny plastic bricks will have a good time watching.

The cast of voice actors more parody their roles than actually play them. Among them, Chris Pratt is great as the bumbling everyman Emmet, Morgan Freeman reprises a good number of his narrator/godly roles as Vitruvius, Will Arnett does nothing but make fun of Christian Bale’s Batman, and Will Ferrell goes all Mugatu as Lord Business. Charlie Day also plays a 1980s-something spaceman named Benny, though it’s essentially Charlie Kelly with a spaceship fixation. That’s just the main cast though, a fair number of cameo voices share the silver screen at one point or another: Shaquille O’Neal plays himself, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill reprise their 21 Jump Street roles in the guise of Superman and Green Lantern, and perhaps the biggest surprise comes in the form of Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams reprising their Star Wars roles with gusto.

There is a story buried in between all the pieces, capped off with a fun twist and an inspiring message with the wee ones, but it’s nothing that hasn’t been done before. That’s far from a bad thing, but don’t walk into the theater expecting a plot deep enough to swim in. The movie may only boil down to a series of gags and parodies built around everyone’s favorite childhood toy, but that’s all it needs to be in order to make you have a good time.

Final Score: 9/10 Bricks