The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie

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This is one exceedingly silly movie. I was hoping it would be along the lines of Wreck-It Ralph, which I absolutely loved and actually purchased, but it didn’t even come close. Meet Emmett (Chris Pratt), a run-of-the-mill dude who is accidentally mistaken as “The Special”, the one prophesied to prevent Legoland from being glued together and never changing again.  Assisting Emmet is the ridiculously named Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and Morgan Freeman’s performance as Master Builder Vitruvius was funny but the script overdid it a bit with the cutesiness factor and I got really tired of them relentlessly skewering Batman.  And let me tell you, the ‘Everything is Awesome’ song is one heck of an earworm which will insinuate itself into your subconscious and irritate you for weeks!  If you make the mistake of allowing your children to see this movie, they will be singing it for even longer, becoming the toy you gave them for Christmas that you soon repented of ever purchasing after hearing its annoying sound effects for the umpteenth time.  There were some amusing lines clearly for the benefit of adults in the audience and I did like the underlying ideas about creativity and what makes a person special. I kept thinking this was like a children’s allegorical version of Tron told through the medium of Legos instead of computers. But on the whole, I felt the whole thing was rather inane and largely simplistic as well as aiming unnecessarily pointed and rather preachy stuff at parents. With ‘Lord Business’ being the bad guy, many have assumed this is a slam on political conservatives.  Some people have also pointed out that since the movie implies it should be OK for the little boy to take apart his father’s carefully constructed Lego-City (because, you know, creativity!  And Legos should always be in motion changing from one thing to another…) then it should be perfectly all right to walk into a Legoland park and start taking apart their Lego creations in order to build something else.  For some reason, I don’t think that would fly too well with park personnel.  One of my main gripes with the film was the static quality of the characters.  Perhaps the problem was the same one Pixar had with the Cars movies. It’s difficult for characters to emote and connect with the audience when they don’t have expressive faces. I’d been excited to see this because everyone went on and on about how great it was. I suppose I should have known better, as these were the same critics who raved about The Wolf of Wall Street and trashed John Carter. There are some children’s movies that really are entertaining for persons of any age, but I think this one is best able to be enjoyed by the 12 and under crowd and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I just wish I’d known prior to watching that it wasn’t anywhere near the sophistication and broad appeal of Wreck-It Ralph or Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. A perfectly acceptable animated movie but it just didn’t really resonate with me and I have no desire to watch it again. I’ve also just learned there is a sequel planned for 2018.  I could not be less excited.  – BETHANY

If you care, here’s more on this film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1490017/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Emmet, an ordinary but very enthusiastic average guy. (Chris Pratt)

Wyldstyle, Emmet and Vitruvius.

There’s an Abraham Lincoln Lego?

The Master Builders

Channing Tatum voices Superman ….

…who is always at odds with Batman (Will Arnett).

An uncharacteristic expression on Emmett.

Evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell)

Photos courtesy of Village Roadshow Pictures, Lego System A/S, Vertigo Entertainment,  Animal Logic, Warner Animation Group, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, The LEGO group, Lin Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and Roadshow Entertainment

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