Valdosta Daily Times


February 18, 2014

‘Monuments Men’ not a monumental movie


VALDOSTA — Movie Review: “Alice in Wonderland” meets the “The Matrix” is a manner to envision this animated feat. It is an adventurous movie with plenty of action and laughs. It combines superheroes with a regular person, Emmet Brickowoski (voiced nicely by Pratt). It is not Batman, Superman or President Lincoln saving the day. The atypical hero saves the day. That person is Brickowoski, who is the first to reveal he is no hero. Nevertheless, he has to be in this tale because he is “the one” known as “The Master Builder” and the keeper of “The Piece of Resistance.”

Emmet Brickowoski is a construction worker who falls down a hole, only to arrive in a world where the evil President Business (Ferrell), also known as Lord Business, is a supervillain. Lord Business plans to stop movement of everything using super glue. Emmet must find his heroic nature to save the Lego universe.  

Animated features have become the better of movies lately. They are entertaining and usually have a better plot. Although the plot appears a mixture of other films, it is good entertainment for multiple ages.

Pratt, Ferrell, Banks and Freeman are great voices. They are among a large cast of well-known talents providing good humor, even if some may be crude.

This is a well-done moment helmed by directors Lord and Miller, who both previously co-directed “21 Jump Street” (2012) and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (2009). They prove two heads are better than one, just not on the same body.    

Good humor, a good cast and a good story make this prime entertainment. Even more, the live-action scenes near the conclusion are a nice, symbolic touch. “The Lego Movie” easily makes the animated world part of the actual realm without losing integrity.

Grade: B (A blockbuster movie.)


“Vampire Academy” (Action/Fantasy: 1 hour, 44 minutes)

Starring: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Sarah Hyland and Victor Dashkov

Director: Mark Waters

Rated: PG-13 (Violence, sexual innuendo, strong language and sensuality)

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