The perfectly ordinary, everyday Emmett (Pratt) is thought to be the
'Special', the leader of a resistance who can save the Lego world from Lord Business (Ferell) who wants to destroy their world on Taco Tuesday. Emmett is guided by the wise wizard Vitruvius (Freeman) and is assisted by Wyldstyle (Banks).
: Lord Business and Vitruvius face off for control over a force that can bestow control of the Lego universe to whoever possesses it. And the only entity more powerful than Lord Business is known simply as The Man Upstairs.
Back in their animated world, the Lego characters can either go about life following instructions laid down by Lord Business, or do whatever they want; a sort of creative anarchy. What's clever about this concept in the film is that if you've played Lego, you'll know that following the instructions booklet quickly becomes boring. The real fun starts when you mix-and-match different pieces together and make something using your own creativity. And that's the premise of this movie.
But that kind of creativity is just the kind of thing that Lord Business wants to stamp out. He wants uniformity. The resistance, with the reluctant Emmett as its centerpiece, soon gains momentum. But first, Vitruvius and Wyldstyle tell Emmett that he has to unlearn the rules and begin to trust himself. Batman (Arnett), Uni-Kitty (Brie), '1980-something space guy' Benny (Day), an NBA team, Metalbeard the pirate (Offerman) join the gang and together, they head to the headquarters of Lord Business.
There's much to enjoy in this film for all age groups - everything from the pop culture references, the multitudes of characters, light-hearted sarcasm and above all, the fantastic script. Novel, wild, irreverent and inventive, this movie is a multicoloured marvel. It takes characters just a few centimetres tall and creates a story like you've never seen before in an animated film. Furthermore, you might find yourself humming the song 'Everything is awesome, everything is cool!' long after you've left the cinema hall.