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Lego Spy is a 2018 American computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Wonder Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed, co-produced, co-written, and edited by James Cameron, the film is based on the Lego toy line, and stars the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Sterling Jerins, Antonio Banderas, Amy Adams, Danny Glover, John Rhys-Davies, Laurence Fishburne, and Albert Brooks.

Lego Spy
Lego Spy

Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Cameron
Produced by James Cameron
Lawrence Kasanoff
Gary Marsh
Gary Krisel
Written by James Cameron
Alicia Kirk
Gary Marsh
Gary Krisel
Based on Lego Construction Toys
Starring Samuel L. Jackson
Sterling Jerins
Antonio Banderas
Amy Adams
Danny Glover
John Rhys-Davies
Laurence Fishburne
Albert Brooks
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Stephen Sandoval
Jeff Jur
Edited by James Cameron
Mark Solomon
Production company Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Wonder Studios
Lightstorm Entertainment
Lego System A/S
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date March 1, 2018
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States
Denmark
Language English
Budget $110 million
Box office $464 million


An international co-production between the United States and Denmark, Lego Spy was released theatrically in the United States on March 1, 2018. The film garnered universal acclaim, with critics praising its visuals, voice acting, humor, animation, and Harry Gregson-Williams' musical score. Lego Spy was a box-office success as it grossed $464 million worldwide, which, if accurate, would make it Walt Disney Wonder Studios' highest-grossing computer-animated film to date. The film was also nominated for three Golden Globe Awards: Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score. It was also nominated for Best Animated Feature categories at the 24th Critics' Choice Awards and 91st Academy Awards.

Plot

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 change 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.

Cast

Box office

Lego Spy opened on March 1, 2018, and was projected to gross $80-90 million in its opening weekend. It grossed $120 million in the United States and Canada, and $184 million in other territories. It ended its theatrical run on June 1, 2018, after playing in theaters for three months. The worldwide total was $304 million. Produced on a budget of $110 million, it was successful at the box office.

Critical response

Lego Spy holds a 99% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 155 reviews. The consensus reads, "With a heartwarming message, good humor, and impressive animation, Lego Spy is a perfect addition to the Walt Disney Wonder Studios catalog that teaches younger viewers important lessons about family and life". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 95 out of 100 based on 31 critics, indicating "universal acclaim", making it the highest-rated Walt Disney Wonder Studios on the site until Disney In The House: Time Travel in 2019. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A+" on a A+ to F scale.

Anthony Lane of New Yorker gave the film five stars, saying, "Because of its most derivative movie, Disney In The House: Christmas, Lego Spy is a return-to-form for Walt Disney Wonder Studios". Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times gave the film "Two Thumbs Up". Antonio Quirke of London Evening Standard praised its "great story". Michael O' Sullivan of The Washington Post was positive about the film, praising the quality of animation, music, dramatic tone, visual style, and other aspects. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said the film "made him cry" and commended the vocal performance of Samuel L. Jackson as Warner A. Helms.

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