The Lego Movie
First screened in March 2014
Directors: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Animated. Voice Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Will Forte, Dave Franco, Jonah Hill, Jake Johnson, Nick Offerman, Chris Romano, Cobie Smulders, Channing Tatum. Screenplay: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (from an original screen story by Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman and Phil Lord & Christopher Miller).

Twitter Capsule: Hectic. Shrek-ishly smartass. Looks like Fruity Pebble explosion. Funny, inventive but hard to savor amid such clutter.

VOR:   Kind of a marvel, technically. Goes out on conceptual limbs, especially in last act, even if it's more clever than smart. Pretty brand-laden for a critique of business mentality. Could be a harbinger.

Photo © 2014 Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Original Song: "Everything Is Awesome"

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Animated Feature

Other Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Animated Feature
Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Animated Feature
National Board of Review: Best Original Screenplay

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