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06 August 2014 @ 01:05 am
Short Film Review: The Lego Movie  
Yes, I know this movie came out a long time ago but I only now just had a chance to watch it because someone I trusted told me I would enjoy it. The trailer for this movie did not inspire me in any way to watch it when it first came out or even pay attention to the reviews. Still, at the end of the movie, I felt nostalgic about my childhood days when I played with Legos.


The first part of this movie that got us introduced to Emmet (Chris Pratt) felt a lot like what I'd imagine goes on in the mind of a child with ADHD. Everything is super fast and super energized. If the entire movie had been like this, I would have stopped. But the whole manic quality was sort of the point as we learn all is not well in the Lego world, ruled over by Lord Business (Will Ferrell). I liked that the movie's message is pretty simple: sometimes it's good to follow the instructions and have common goals, but sometimes it's good to put the instructions away and let your imagination run wild. Basically, have boundaries but don't be too rigid.

While I think this movie probably will appeal more to children than the adults accompanying them, the movie has plenty of funny moments that are charming enough to keep the adults entertained. Half of what made my viewing fun was recognizing the slew of famous actors' voices that popped up. I think my favorite was Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius, the Hippie Wizard, mainly because I'm so not used to him doing flat out comedy. A close second was Charlie Day as Benny, the 1980s Something Spaceman. Whoever realized Charlie Day has the perfect voice for a Lego character is a genius. The other half of my enjoyment was watching characters with really adorable little yellow Lego faces for 90 minutes. Seriously, everyone is so cutely rendered you want to squeeze them all.

Overall, not a bad movie to pass the time with, especially if you have kids to entertain. Just a warning, the "Everything is Awesome!" song will be stuck in your head for hours.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Lego personaelfgyfu_mead on August 6th, 2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
"Everything is Awesome!" song will be stuck in your head for hours.
Just reading the title is enough to do it—thanks. ;-)

Morgan Freeman was wonderfully fun. I have some complaints about the movie (particularly Wyldstyle), but mostly I enjoyed it.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 6th, 2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
Wyldstyle felt like a washed out version of Trinity from the Matrix which is really saying something since Trinity from the Matrix didn't end up going anywhere as a character.
aelfgyfu_mead: Ivanova & Delennaelfgyfu_mead on August 6th, 2014 06:58 pm (UTC)
YES.
ericadawn16: GrrArghhericadawn16 on August 10th, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
YES!

I really wanted her to be the One and at least they addressed it, but still...it felt like by the end, the only really progressive bit was the dad insisting that the little sister would also be allowed to play with the Legos.

Hollywood pats themselves on the back when they add a female who can do stuff but they never bother to make her actually matter to the plot aka lampshade test.

I know you could argue how she got everyone to believe but she did so by talking up how wonderful Emmett is, ugh. It felt like a rip-off of Martha's plotline from Doctor Who except not done as well.
X-parrotxparrot on August 6th, 2014 05:40 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed the movie a lot, mostly because its meta-story made its actual story make sense - it's all a little boy's imaginary adventure, so of course the cool!girl is dating Batman, who else? Also legos were some of my favorite toys as a kid and me and my sibs used to build elaborate universes, so the nostalgia was strong.

(though the blue spaceman threw me off, when we were little we had a bunch of space sets but only one blue astronaut, which as the eldest and blue being my favorite color, I took as my own main char, and found it disconcerting that the figure had a male voice in the movie!)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 9th, 2014 03:25 am (UTC)
I'm slightly ashamed to admit that I got a little teary eyed when the little boy's dad saw the light and gave his son a hug before undoing all the super glue. I think age is making me more sentimental.
X-parrotxparrot on August 12th, 2014 08:44 pm (UTC)
That's actually one of the things I love most about kids' fiction (movies, books, etc) - the adults' stories, as seen through the lens of childhood, fascinates me, because the adult audience invariably reads more into their stories and understands them better than either the child characters or the child audience.
ericadawn16: Amusedericadawn16 on August 10th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
hehe, yep

They recently said they would put more female scientists out and my thought was...

They weren't female before? Because I remember when female hair was added to Legos so most of mine didn't have that and I would just say that their hair was all up in their hat or could only be seen by me...imaginary. It wasn't such a big deal.
X-parrotxparrot on August 12th, 2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, since all the space lego minifigs wore helmets anyway, it was easy to say they were whatever gender we wanted (and I liked that they were neutral, as I didn't wear lipsticks or skirts anyway as a kid and so had a hard time identifying with the standard "female" markers!)
ericadawn16: Weirdericadawn16 on August 10th, 2014 03:08 pm (UTC)
I actually preferred the ADHD format...I think because I associated that with Lego from their other films and games.

I remember watching Horrible Bosses and thinking Charlie Day should voice an animated character...and then he was one of the monsters in Monsters University last summer so that was cool, but Benny probably does suit him better.

However, I did get into a bit of a disagreement with one of my brothers because he felt blown away by the film and how it was a children's film with the meta of stories within stories and hidden meanings.

I want a female lead next time.
tommycruisestommy50702 on May 30th, 2015 07:15 am (UTC)
After I watched it, I was singing "Everything is Awesome" over and over and over...