Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s have created rollicking adventure out of children’s favourite multi-coloured building blocks.
The LEGO Movie is a hoot, celebrating the enduring power and popularity of a toy invented in the late 1940s.
Directors Lord and Miller, who donned hard-hats at the helm of the first Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs film, strike a delicious tone of irreverence throughout to ensure parents enjoy the ride just as much as younger audiences.
The unlikely hero is a socially awkward LEGO mini-figure called Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), who works on a building site in his hometown of Bricksburg.
Desperate to fit in, Emmet follows the dictates laid down by President Business (Will Ferrell), who is actually arch-villain Lord Business in disguise.
This nefarious tyrant plans to destroy Bricksburg and the neighbouring districts of Cloud Cuckoo Land and Middle Zealand using an artefact known as The Kragle.
Ancient wizard Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) and his sassy henchwoman Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) mistake Emmet for a mythical figure known as Master Builder, who possesses the power to create anything out of LEGO bricks with his mind.
According to prophecy, Master Builder will locate the Piece Of Resistance and destroy The Kragle.
Emmet is press-ganged into leading the perilous quest to defeat the despot aided by a rogue’s gallery of mini-figures
Fast-paced and crammed with primary colours, The LEGO Movie pulls out all the stops to dazzle and delight.
It opens at the Hollywood Plaza on Friday February 14