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The Lego Worlds Movie
Directed by Andrew Adamson
Produced by Ron Howard
Brian Grazer
Written by Andrew Adamson
Stephany Folsom
Alicia Kirk
Based on Lego Construction Toys
and Lego Worlds
Starring Justin Timberlake
James Marsden
Keke Palmer
Brendan Fraser
J.K. Simmons
John C. Reilly
Seth Rogen
Catherine Keener
Jamie Lee Curtis
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Edited by Tiffany Hillkurtz
Production
companies
Universal Pictures
Imagine Entertainment
Lego System A/S
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date August 5, 2022
(United Kingdom)
August 12, 2022
(United States and
Australia)
Running time 110 minutes
Countries United States
Denmark
Australia
Language English
Budget $110 million
Box office $393 million


The Lego Worlds Movie (released internationally as Lego Worlds) is a 2022 computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film directed by Andrew Adamson, who co-wrote with Stephany Folsom and Alicia Kirk. The film stars Justin Timberlake, James Marsden, Keke Palmer, Brendan Fraser, J.K. Simmons, John C. Reilly, Seth Rogen, Catherine Keener, and Jamie Lee Curtis. In the film, a teenage LEGO minifigure named Matthew Greenwood dreams of becoming the Super Builder who was destined to disarm a destructive weapon created by an evil fire wizard named Lord Ludicrous, who intends to destroy Brick Island.

Produced by Imagine Entertainment and Lego System A/S, The Lego Worlds Movie was released theatrically across the United States on August 12, 2022 by Universal Pictures. The film received largely positive reviews from critics and has grossed over $393 million worldwide against a $110 million budget. It was the recipient of the Flamingo Award for Best Animated Movie and the seventh non-Disney-animated film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

A sequel, The 2nd Lego Worlds Movie, was released on January 17, 2025. Two spin-offs, Lego Spy and The Lego Chima Movie, were released on January 20, 2023 and January 26, 2024. A prequel centered on the character SkullSword was released on October 27, 2023.

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 ends up arrested by the police. Their chief, Office Laura, is about to execute him for breaking ranks, but a Super Builder named Metalgirl rescues him. Matthew and Metalgirl escape through a tunnel to the desert. Seeing who ordinary 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 Ludicrous' henchwoman) and her police force, who chase Matthew, Metal Girl, and Genie toward a pit where Metal Girl's boyfriend, 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 creators, a duo named Manny the pig and Jimmy the cow. Seeing Matthew as a weak upstart, the crowd of SuperBuilders refuses to fight Ludicrous. Senior and the drones burst in and arrest the Super Builders, but Matthew, Metal Girl, Genie, Leopard Man, SkullSword, Jimmy, and Manny build a submarine to escape just before Sky House is dismantled and sinks beneath the sea.

Later, Matthew and the Super Builders sneak into the Ludicrous Office Tower. However, as the plan almost succeeds, the Super Builders are spotted and captured, and Ludicrous fatefully stabs Genie. Genie reveals she made up the Statement as she succumbs to her wounds and dies. Ludicrous and Senior lock up the Super Builders, with Ludicrous tying Matthew to a power source, throwing the White into an abyss, and heading out to destroy Brick Island. 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 (whose real name is Sia) 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 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 the daughter, who distracts her father long enough to send Matthew and the White back to Brick Island. He builds a robot suit and fights off the attacking drones, including Senior. 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 Sia 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 his daughter and allows her to play with the toys.

Cast

  • Justin Timberlake as Matthew Greenwood, a awkward but determined 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.
  • John C. Reilly as Manny, a smart-talking pig who is a Super Builder and one of the two creators of Sky House.
  • J.K. Simmons as Jimmy, a soft-hearted and gentle cow who is a Super Builder. Manny's best friend, and one of the two creators 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.
  • Joel McHale as Senior, the commander of Ludicrous' newly-invented Droids.
  • Trevor Long and Gwen Stefani as Kevin and Marlene, a firefighter couple who are Super Builders.
  • Scott Menville as Shy Forest Warrior, a Super Builder.
  • Joan Cusack as Paleontologist, a Super Builder.
  • Anna Hutchison as Snow Queen, a Super Builder.
  • Sam Neill as Werewolf, a Super Builder.
  • Jeff Garcia as Rooster, a Super Builder.
  • Danny Mann as Horse, a Super Builder.
  • Jennifer Aspen as Old Lady
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Betty
  • Frank Welker (uncredited) as Noji, Matthew's pet cat.

Reception

Box office

The Lego Worlds Movie opened alongside Secret Headquarters, and was projected to gross $95 million from theaters in its opening weekend. It has grossed $141 million domestically in North America and $252 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $375 billion worldwide, against a budget of $110 million. Although Lego estimated a performance below projections, Universal was impressed by the film's successful box office numbers. With Bros, The Lego Worlds Movie, and Beast, all having been released by Universal, at the top of the box office, it marked the third time a single studio had done so since February 2005, and the second overall for Universal.

Critical repsonse

The Lego Worlds Movie received a largely positive reception from critics and audiences, leading to it being the best-reviewed film based on the Lego toy line. On the website Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 93% approval rating based on 273 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "The Lego Worlds Movie is an imaginative, funny, perplexing, and colorfully-animated hit that marks a successful 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 40 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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