‘The LEGO Movie’ is a real blockbuster

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The LEGO Movie

My fingers rebel, but type it I must: “The LEGO Movie” is the first great cinematic experience of 2014.

Shot with a mixture of CGI and stop-motion animation and using 3-D to invite us into its brightly knubbled world, the film is a witty, exuberant series of comic riffs on creativity, and it divides the world into two kinds of people: Those who like to snap things together and keep them there and those who prefer to pull it all apart and start from scratch. The control freaks and the dreamers, in other words, and the movie knows which side it’s on. Voice talent includes Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, and Shaquille O’Neal as a tiny plastic Shaquille O’Neal.

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