The Lego Movie
Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Warner Bros.
In Theaters: 02.07

The directing team who brought us Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street has entered the block-filled world of Legos where “Everything is Awesome.” Emmet Brickowski (voiced by Chris Pratt) is a simple-minded construction worker who is mistaken as “The Special,” the prophesized individual who is the most interesting and talented person in the world and can stop the destruction of their world from Lord Business (voiced by Will Ferrell). Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller lead this 3D adventure that mimics stop-motion animation to invoke the sensation that these beloved toys are actually coming to life. Any fan of pop culture will find sheer bliss with the inclusion of multiple DC characters, including a cocky Batman (voiced by Will Arnett), Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. There are many, many, many more cameos, but I refuse to ruin the surprise. The levels of humor reach every age group, which make it the perfect family film. Anyone walking out of this film without a smile on their face needs to seek medical attention immediately. Along with the humor, the surprise twist ending actually caught this critic off guard, which only made me squeal for more. It’s hilarious, sincere and a breath of fresh air in a genre that is usually clouded with fart jokes. –Jimmy Martin