The Lego Movie took 5 years to make, and it was well worth it. Everything I miss about my childhood was in this film: Legos, Batman, Legos, and extremely fast paced comedy. I don't watch children's movies typically, apart from Pixar films (which aren't what they used to be), but really, The Lego Movie is not a children's movie. This movie is for twenty somethings who used to play with the 80 year old toy, with comedy that would totally go over an eight year old's head.
The main character is played by Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation), an average lego whose face can't even be identified because it looks like everyone else's. He's a construction worker and follows the instructions at all costs, keeping to a daily routine. He stumbles upon a brick that makes him the chosen one, and along the way he meets Batman and a bunch of other Legos you used to or still play with. The plot of the film is one for kids: everyone is special, no matter how average. Will Ferrell plays the villain, and he's one of the funniest parts of the movie with dialog that an elementary schooler may not necessarily be able to keep up with.
The movie moves at a ridiculous pace, and even someone who constantly moves from task to task on his smartphone may feel slightly overwhelmed. I walked out of the movie feeling exhausted, and like I was talking a mile a minute. Maybe it's trying to cater to the entertainment hungry youth of today, or maybe it was a product of the blocky movements of lego natives. Either way, it was effective and was the only way to condense all of the plot lines and story elements into a 2 hour viewing experience.
So much was packed into this film that you almost have to watch it twice to catch everything that went on. Because of the stop motion used in the film, they were able to put so much in each scene, so your eyes are darting all over the screen to catch all that goes on in a frame. The movie is beautiful and a very impressive feat. The Lego Movie is a buffet of color, fun, and nostalgia. You'll want to watch it over and over, especially if Legos were one of the best parts of your childhood.