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The Lego Worlds Movie
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Written by Stephen Spielberg
Stephany Folsom
Alicia Kirk
Based on Lego Construction Toys
Starring Justin Timberlake
James Marsden
Keke Palmer
Brendan Fraser
J.K. Simmons
Seth Rogen
Catherine Keener
Jamie Lee Curtis
Music by Harry-Gregson Williams
Edited by Tiffany Hillkurtz
Production
companies
Lego System A/S
Amblin Entertainment
The Kennedy/Marshall
Company

Animal Logic
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date September 23, 2022
(United Kingdom
and United States)
Running time 110 minutes
Countries United States
Denmark
Australia
Language English
Budget $100--125 million
Box office $374 million


The Lego Worlds Movie (released internationally as Lego Worlds) is a 2022 computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, who co-wrote with Stephany Folsom and Alicia Kirk, produced by Amblin Entertainment, Lego System A/S, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, and Animal Logic, and released by Universal Pictures. The film stars Justin Timberlake, James Marsden, Keke Palmer, Brendan Fraser, J.K. Simmons, Seth Rogen, Catherine Keener, and Jamie Lee Curtis. In the film, a LEGO minifigure named Matthew Greenwood dreams of becoming the Super Builder who was destined to disarm Tiger Tuesday, a destructive weapon created by the president, an evil fire wizard named Lord Ludicrous, who intends to destroy all Super Builders and keep everything his way.

The Lego Worlds Movie was released across the United States on September 23, 2022. The film received mainly positive reviews and grossed $374 million worldwide upon release. It was nominated for Flamingo Award for Best Animated Movie and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. A sequel, The 2nd Lego Worlds Movie, was released on January 23. 2026. A prequel centered on the character SkullSword was released on January 31, 2025. Four spinoffs, The Lego Chima Movie, Lego Spy, The Lego Chima Movie 2, and The Lego Chima Movie 3 were released on January 20, 2023, September 29, 2023, September 6, 2024, and July 25, 2025.

Plot

Genie, the leader of the Super Builders, fails to stop her nemesis Lord Ludicrous, a fire wizard and the president of Brick Island, from obtaining a destructive weapon, and begins the Statement, a legend of a Super Builder bold enough to vanquish Ludicrous, destroy the weapon, and save Brick Island with a piece called the White.

Years later, in Lego City, a teenager named Matthew Greenwood dreams of becoming a SuperBuilder. One day, he finds the Gold and wakes up in the custody of the police. Their chief, Office Laura, is about to melt him for breaking ranks, since Super Builders are illegal, but a Super Builder named Metalgirl rescues him. Matthew and Metalgirl escape through a tunnel to the desert. Seeing who clumsy Matthew is, Metalgirl initially lashes out at him for ruining the Statement. As they walk through the desert's old town, Metalgirl reveals that Ludicrous was once a Super Builder named Fred, but after being neglected by the other SuperBuilders due to his element of fire being dangerous, he lost his temper and illegalized them for causing chaos.

They eventually meet up with Genie. Matthew agrees to train, but the training is interfered with by Laura (who is secretly Ludicrous' henchwoman) and her police force, who chase Matthew, Metal Girl, and Genie toward a pit where Metal Girl's friend, Leopard Man, a warrior god, rescues them. When they arrive in Sky House, the Super Builder hideout, Matthew befriends SkullSword, a pirate made of bones, and the hideout's creator, Candy Cane Cat. Seeing Matthew as a weak upstart, the crowd of SuperBuilders refuses to fight Ludicrous. Laura and the police force burst in and arrest the Super Builders, and Sky House is dismantled and sinks beneath the sea.

At the office tower, Ludicrous fatefully stabs Genie and throws the White into an abyss, leaving everyone to die while heading out to destroy Brick Island on Tiger Tuesday. Genie reveals she made up the Statement as she dies, but after learning from Genie in ghost form that believing is what makes on the Best, Matthew escapes by falling into the abyss, saving his friends. Inspired by Matthew's sacrifice, the Super Builders sneak into the studio room, and Metal Girl convinces the citizens of Brick Island to build whatever they want. Chief Laura comes to help, having finally realized how much the Super Builders meant to Brick Island.

After falling, Matthew finally finds himself in the real world, where a dad admonishes her daughter, Mexie, for making hodgepodges out of his Legos without permission and grounds her for a week. Desperate to save his friends, Matthew gets the attention of Mexie, who distracts her father long enough to send Matthew and the White back to Brick Island. Matthew builds a robot suit and fights off the attacking tigers. Matthew concludes that it is not necessary to label Super Builders criminals. Having a change of heart, Ludicrous puts the white on the weapon, destroying it and saving Brick Island. In the Lego world, Matthew is praised as a hero and reunites with his friends, and starts a relationship with Metal Girl with Leopard's blessing, while Ludicrous goes back to going by Fred. In the real world, the father realizes how much Lego toys meant to Mexie and allows her to play with the toys, also allowing her brother to play as well.

Cast

  • Justin Timberlake as Matthew Greenwood, a clumsy but good-hearted teenager who wants to become a Super Builder. Throughout most of the film, Matthew is commonly referred to as "the Best" by other characters.
  • Keke Palmer as Metal Girl, a tough-as-nails Super Builder and Matthew's love interest who is later revealed to be Sia.
  • Brendan Fraser as Leopard Man, a warrior god, a Super Builder, and MetalGirl's boyfriend.
  • Seth Rogen as SkullSword, a pirate skeleton who is a Super Builder.
  • J.K. Simmons as Candy Cane Cat, a red and white cat who is a Super Builder and the creator of Sky House.
  • James Marsden as Lord Ludicrous, a mean-spirited, sadistic, and pompous fire wizard who is the president of Brick Island plots to destroy it and is the one who illegalized Super Builders after being neglected by them.
  • Catherine Keener as Laura, the cynical chief of the Brick City Police Department who initially despises Super Builders, but eventually takes a liking to them at the end of the film.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis as Genie, the guru of the Super Builders who chooses Matthew as "the Best" and her potential successor.

Reception

Box office

The Lego Worlds Movie opened on September 23, 2022 and was projected to gross $95 million from theaters in its opening weekend. It has grossed $179 million domestically in North America and $195 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $374 million worldwide, against a budget of $100--125 million. Although Universal estimated a performance below projections, the studio was impressed by the film's successful box office numbers.

Critical repsonse

The Lego Worlds Movie received a largely positive reception from critics and audiences, leading to it being Universal's best-reviewed film based on the Lego toy line. On the website Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 95% approval rating based on 273 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "The Lego Worlds Movie is an imaginative, witty, and colorfully-animated adventure that marks the successful beginning of the partnership between Lego and Universal". On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, it was reported that the film has a score of 81 out of 100 based on 48 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.

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