Lego Spy is a 2018 American computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by directed, co-produced, co-written, and edited by James Cameron, the film is based on the Lego toy line, and stars Samuel L. Jackson, Sterling Jerins, Antonio Banderas, Amy Adams, Danny Glover, John Rhys-Davies, and Albert Brooks.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||James Cameron|
|Produced by||James Cameron|
James G. Robinson
|Written by||James Cameron|
|Based on||Lego Construction Toys|
|Starring||Samuel L. Jackson|
|Music by||Theodore Shaprio|
|Edited by||James Cameron|
|Production companies||Paramount Pictures|
Morgan Creek Productions
Lego System A/S
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date||September 3, 2018|
(United States and Denmark)
December 23, 2018
|Running time||87 minutes|
|Box office||$303 million|
Produced by Morgan Creek Productions, Lightstorm Entertainment, Lego A/S System, and Animal Logic, Lego Spy was released theatrically in the United States on September 3, 2018 by Paramount Pictures. The film mixed reviews from critics, who praised its voice acting, animation, and musical score, but criticized the story, writing, and humor. It grossed $301 million worldwide. It was nominated for Best Animated Feature categories at the 24th Critics' Choice Awards and 91st Academy Awards.
Warner A. Helms is a master spy who always saves the city of BrickIris from his arch-enemy, Dr. Waste. One day, the president surrenders himself to Waste, but Warner foils his plan as always. Waste forces him to either save Brickiris or catch him. Warner stubbornly tells Waste that he means nothing to him and they are not related, and defuses the bomb in seconds.
In Helms Island, Warner's father Ronald tries to convince him to try something new rather than spend the rest of his life working alone. Reluctantly, Warner agrees to come with Ronald to Commissioner Christopher Clark's retirement gala, where Clark retires and passes his role to his daughter, Jodie Clark, whom Warner is smitten by. Waste starts to crash the gala, but surrenders, and the citizens tell Warner that with no more crime, they don't need a crime fighter anymore, crushing his heart when his late mother is mentioned.
Warner decides to send Waste to the Wilderness Zone to adapt to the change, but Jodie forbids this. Ronald tells him to take responsibility for his life by raising Sylvia I. June, a little girl whom Warner accidentally adopted at the gala. Warner and Sylvia secretly steal the Wilderness Zone Projector at the Fortress of Solitude (the home of Warner's friend Dwarf) and take it to the Brickiris Police Department to send Waste to the Wilderness Zone. Discovering this, Jodie accuses them of breaking her rule and has her men lock up the Wilderness Zone Projector.
In the Wilderness Zone, Waste befriends a bunch of trapped villains, including an evil Scottish-accented robot ninja named Ninja Swingson, and helps them escape. Jodie realizes this and frees Warner and Sylvia with encouragement from Ronald. Warner, Sylvia, Jodie, and Ronald build a battleship to find Waste. Swingson intercepts them and retrieves the Wilderness Zone, sinking the battleship and himself in the process, but Warner saves his family by building a hang-glider. Upon reaching Helms Island, Warner feels concerned for his family and chooses to send them to safety rather than losing them like his mother. Waste criticizes Warner for being too incapable of changing his way and sends him to the Wilderness Zone.
There, Warner witnesses the harm his selfishness has caused for everyone in Brickiris and slowly accepts his greatest fear. He is released from the Wilderness Zone and reconciles with his family. They send the villains back to the Wilderness Zone, but are too late to defuse the bomb, which cracks Brickiris in half. Knowing this was his fault, Warner convinces Waste to help by saying if Brickiris falls he will never get to fight Waste again. Warner, Waste, Sylvia, Jodie, Warner, and the citizens of Brickiris chain-link themselves together and pull the plates back together, saving Brickiris. Warner and his family temporarily let Waste get away, knowing that whenever he returns, he is no match for the Warner family. The film ends with Warner spending a new life with his family.
- Samuel L. Jackson as Warner A. Helms, the master spy and hero of Brickiris. He is the film's protagonist.
- Sterling Jerins as Sylvia I. June, an orphaned little girl who Warner accidentally adopts. She is the film's deuteragonist.
- Antonio Banderas as Dr. Waste, Warner's arch-enemy. He is the film's antagonist.
- Amy Adams as Jodie Clark, Christopher's daughter and Brickiris' new police commissioner. She is the film's tritagonist.
- Danny Glover as Dwarf, Warner's friend who inhabits the Fortress of Solitude.
- John Rhys-Davies as Ninja Swingson, a robotic ninja and a prisoner of the Wilderness Zone. He is the film's secondary antagonist.
- Laurence Fishburne as Mack McDowell, the president of Brickiris.
- Albert Brooks as Ronald Helms, Warner's father. He is the film's tetartagonist.
- Paul Dooley as Christopher Clark, Jodie's father and the Brickiris' retired commissioner.
- Tara Strong as Wilderness Zone Keeper
- Kevin Michael Richardson and Victor Brandt as Airplane pilots
- Bobby Moynihan and Andy Dick as Police officers
- Paige Hurd as Ballerina
- Sigourney Weaver as Computer
- Gary Marsh, Gary Krisel, Bob Iger, and Derek Stephen Prince as Waste's minions
Lego Spy opened on September 3, 2018, and was projected to gross $80-90 million in its opening weekend. It grossed $120 million in the United States and Canada, and $183 million in other territories. It ended its theatrical run on June 1, 2018, after playing in theaters for three months. The worldwide total was $303 million. Produced on a budget of $110 million, it was successful at the box office.
Lego Spy holds a 59% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 155 reviews. The consensus reads, "Lego Spy has brilliant animation and thrilling voice cast that make up for some fine family entertainment, but it feels like it should have been released by Disney". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 55 out of 100 based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A-" on a A+ to F scale.