BEST - 3. 'The Lego Movie'
A kiddie cartoon based on plastic toys somehow transforms into the year's most subversive comedy, a sendup of franchise filmmaking that delivers fun for squirts and adults without cheating either. The directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller — of Jump Street 21 and 22 fame — have managed to make inanimate objects come alive and fill us with joy. (You should be taking notes, Michael Bay.) By the time Emmet the construction worker (voiced by Chris Pratt) overthrows President Business (Will Ferrell), everything in this movie-mad, comic-crazy hellzapoppin' is awesome, indeed.