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Reconsider 'The Lego Movie' while there's still time

Reconsider 'The Lego Movie' while there's still time
Bad Cop/Good Cop, voiced by Liam Neeson, in a scene from "The Lego Movie." (Warner Bros.)

If you've resisted "The Lego Movie" for any reason, reconsider before it leaves the big screen.

The little plastic blocks that have captivated kids and bedeviled vacuum cleaners and bare feet for generations absolutely fit their larger-than-life treatment. A script as smart as the animation helps. Together they create a massive collision of subversive humor, hyperkinetic energy, mind-jangling design and spinning colors with about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration.

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It is very tempting to use the movie's pounding pop anthem — "Everything Is Awesome" — to put this insane sensory experience into sound-bite perspective.

Having a cast that knows precisely how to play with a good line certainly works to its favor. Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman and others bring the inherently inert plastic pieces to vibrant life.

And like the blocks, one wry idea after another snaps together.

Before you know it, you are looking at a towering world of fun.

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