The Lego Movie (2014)
I'd been looking forward to this ever since I realised it was being made by the insane genuineses behind "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs", who also managed to make a pretty damn good movie out of "21 Jump Street" in spite of its enormously cringe-making trailer.
So I was rather upset when a good friend IRL and good friend on LJ both independently informed me that it wasn't that funny. Still, after some deliberation, I decided that I'd be checking it out for myself anyway. And I'm glad I did.
After initially feeling rather sceptical, it didn't take long for me to open up to this. It's a pretty similar style of humour to "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs" and by the second half I was laughing pretty consistently at everything.
So anyone watching the trailer probably already knows there's a great comedic Batman character, but actually my favourite character was Unikitty played by Alison Brie (Annie from the tv series "Community"). She's a strange cat/unicorn figure who wants everyone to be happy and gets pretty mad when things don't go her way. The character is cute, unpredictable and hilarious.
Anyway, awesome cast members include Morgan Freeman (as a kind of Obi-Wan style mentor)and Liam Neeson (as a mean police officer who pursues the protagonists, but who has a bit of a twist to him). I hadn't realised that Will Arnett (who plays Batman) was the guy who played Gob Bluth in Arrested Development. But, as with Cloudy, I have absolutely no idea who the guy playing the main protagonist is. (Just in case you recognise the name, he's called Chris Pratt. Apparently we'll be a lot more familiar with real life Chris when the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie is released.)
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