If you live in a house where a stray plastic building brick on the floor has grievously injured the foot of a family member**, chances are you have been waiting for the arrival of The Lego Movie (this weekend!). We’ve been chomping at the 2 x 6 bit here since the teaser was released in June.
Those with Lego fanatics in the house should just go ahead and buy their tickets now, because I promise you (as the mom of a master builder), everything is awesome. While I’ll admit to not getting out much, I can’t remember the last time I’ve had so much fun in a movie. (Maybe the first Iron Man? Bridesmaids?) Taking their lead from the Lego video games and even bits from popular homemade Lego movies on YouTube, The Lego Movie has laughs for the whole family—especially the members who were born between, oh, 1970 and 1985.
Read more: How to play Lego alongside your kids >
The premise: A Lego minifigure named Emmet (Chris Pratt) lives happily by the rules of his community, until he discovers a mysterious object that gets him mistaken for a much-awaited MasterBuilder. Confusing him for the chosen one, Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) takes Emmet on a journey to save the world as he knows it.
What we loved about it:
1: I’m not normally a fan of 3D, but in this case I felt immersed in the film rather than assaulted by it.
2: An incredible cast including Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius and Will Arnett as Batman is punctuated by incredible cameos that I won’t give away.
3. The Lego Movie is a film that respects Lego fans, paying homage to old sets and popular minifigures, as well as to fan culture as a whole.
4. The underlying messages of the movie are valuable and clever. From pointing out that perfection hinders play, to teaching the cool, edgy kids that ordinary people are “the special” too, even I learned a few lessons while having a laugh.
There is some fast-moving action that might be startling to kids who scare easily, especially in 3D. One of my kids nearly cries every time a hero looks like s/he’s about to lose, so take that into consideration here if your kid tends to be inconsolable.
PG — Parental Guidance Advised
**We don’t know the science behind why stepping on Lego hurts so damn much, but we rate the pain somewhere between a paper cut and delivering a baby.