Monday, February 17, 2014

Leggo to the Lego Movie!


Since the trailer came out last year, were you one of the families foaming at the mouth for The Lego Movie? I know we were! For us, THIS was going to be the biggest movie in plaything history since Toy Story.
And let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint.

Lego, being a household name, could've just come out with any half-assed plot and still hit blockbuster because of its sheer popularity. But nooooo.... Warner Brothers wasn't going to do just that. In fact, it crafted an elaborate storyline AND cast a bunch of big timers to do the voices. Say, Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson, among others.

Now, details --what exactly got us rabid about The Lego Movie?

It's just the perfect over-the-top adventure any child would concoct when playing with his own Lego pieces. Evil overlord, All-knowing master, Unlikely hero, Badass heroine, plus, a crazy mixture of Lego play sets. Kudos to the writers for putting their inner child right out there.

There was depth in every character, it's crazy! How did they even have time for that?! Metal Beard had a back story, Bad Cop/Good Cop had a family, WyldStyle had personal issues, Lord Business had control issues, Batman had relationship issues --whew! Don't even get me started on Emett's wht-is-my-purpose issues!

I would have died if the whole movie was made out of real physical Lego bricks and stop-motioned for like eternity. But that would be insane. Instead, the whole movie is made out of thousands of unique Lego bricks and hundreds of unique Lego mini-figures virtually created through a program called Lego Digital Designer. Which means the behind-the-scenes would still be insane. Anyway, the effect is damn authentic! Check out the Lego sea sequence!

Oh, you know how I am with plot twists. The whole movie was a metaphor about father and son relationships? With... with Will Ferrel? Nobody in his right mind saw that coming! Dayum!

Fathers, play with your children. Adults, stop being run by rules and learn to have some fun sometimes. Very timely message there. Oh, and children --let your creativity go wild! It's kinda ironic because every Lego set does come with an instruction manual. But this movie tells us that THAT is just a suggestion. Neat.
There was also this 'Everyone can be special' underlying message in there, but it's a little cliche. So.

Lego didn't scrimp on advertising their existing marketable Lego sets, of course. The Star Wars Lego Set was there. And the real Anthony Daniels REALLY voiced C3PO! Ok, that's just plain geekery... but I smiled when that happened.

Overall, the movie was a fun, original ride peppered with nostalgia for older people and non-stop I-can-relate-to-this awesomeness for the young'uns.

The Lego Movie is on its final few days of showing this week. So if you're one of those people who has a Lego piece stuck under your refrigerator or in between the cushions of your couch, it will do your happy heart some good to watch this.

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