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The Lego Movie (2014)

aka Lego: The Piece of Resistance

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Everything's Not Really That Awesome

There's a song that permeates this movie and is played constantly, called "Everything is Awesome." And, while that's all fine and well, it didn't convince me that this statement was true any more than the rest of the film. For a piece that fans thought deserved to be nominated as one of the best films of last year, The Lego Movie was rather underwhelming. Sure, it has some very creative ideas, but they're buried at the very end of a long, tedious trip that audience members have to make through the first 90 minutes of a 100 minute movie.

And it certainly doesn't feel like a 100 minute movie; this film drags on and on with it's silly, over the top ideas. Besides the fact that characters are constantly building spaceships and weapons out of other things in the environment, we see Han Solo, Gandalf, Leonard Da'Vinchi, Leonardo of the Ninja Turtles, and a variety of other well-known pop culture icons strut through this film with almost no impact. Well, except Batman, who is one of the mai...(more)

There's a song that permeates this movie and is played constantly, called "Everything is Awesome." And, while that's all fine and well, it didn't convince me that this statement was true any more than the rest of the film. For a piece that fans thought deserved to be nominated as one of the best films of last year, The Lego Movie was rather underwhelming. Sure, it has some very creative ideas, but they're buried at the very end of a long, tedious trip that audience members have to make through the first 90 minutes of a 100 minute movie.

And it certainly doesn't feel like a 100 minute movie; this film drags on and on with it's silly, over the top ideas. Besides the fact that characters are constantly building spaceships and weapons out of other things in the environment, we see Han Solo, Gandalf, Leonard Da'Vinchi, Leonardo of the Ninja Turtles, and a variety of other well-known pop culture icons strut through this film with almost no impact. Well, except Batman, who is one of the main characters of the movie (we'll come back to that). It's so chock full of ridiculousness, it's hard to take it seriously. And no, I'm not suggesting that a movie about Lego people should be taken seriously, but rather that it lacks substance, constantly feeling like we're traveling through the brain of a five-year-old.

And there's a good reason for that- a really good one, in fact (which, I'll admit, is a really odd thing to say). I won't give it away here, but there is something rather clever at the heart of this movie that makes all of what you watch make sense. But that doesn't make it any more entertaining. The saying "random does not equal funny", one that I've heard many comedies say, came to mind frequently over the course of the film, as more characters just kept showing up only to disappear and then suddenly some other random thing would come up, and it became a barrage of ideas without any actual basis.

Because of this, none of the content before that end point felt remotely original. Sure, there were some quirky ideas mentioned about alternate dimensions and the like, but these are quickly glanced over and not addressed again. As I mentioned above, Batman is a main character; sure, not one of our leads, but he certainly has a lot of screen time. He, coupled with all of the other brand name characters, immediately reduces the originality of what's at hand. Is that one of the primary draws of Legos? Yes, but that doesn't make for a good or entertaining movie.

The animation does help a little though, with a wild and innovative style that captures the flow and feeling of Legos, reminding me of the various stop-motion style videos that I used to see online a lot when I was younger. At times, it can be a little distracting, like when the ocean is moving in an awkward, jittery manner. Occasionally, it also felt overwhelming with too much happening on screen, especially when a variety of things are being taken apart to build something completely different. But, ultimately, it's memorable because of it, for both the good and the bad.

At the end of the day, though, the bad outweighs the good by far. Despite an all-star cast, including Morgan Freeman, Will Farrell, Charlie Day, Will Arnett, and Elizabeth Banks, the story besides the ending just doesn't hold up, especially when told by a flat and uninteresting lead as Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt), fraying at the seams and begging for some better writing. And this is coming from a kid who grew up with Legos and constantly played with them. Heck, I have a huge basin of them somewhere in my basement. So I understand the nostalgic draw of The Lego Movie. That being said, the claim that this film is more than average is a gross overstatement, and, sadly, I will not be revisiting it in the future. (less)

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gave

great movie

The Lego Movie is going to be this generation’s Toy Story. A film with great humor, great heart, and great box office to launch an animation studio. The movie is hilarious – I couldn’t hear some of the lines because of the laughter surrounding me. It has cameos from literally every pop culture icon you can think of. And “Everything Is Awesome!” is going to sweep the nation – it’s impossible to get out of your head, and I’m already hearing it on the subway. But the best part about the movie is visuals – I feel like I need to watch this movie in slow-motion to catch the million things going on in each frame. There are so many easter eggs here!

Honestly, I wish the movie hadn’t broken the fourth wall at the end and stuck to its guns, like Toy Story had (that’s where half a star came off). But this is still one of the better animation movies to come out recently, and a thoroughly enjoyable one to watch. Welcome, WB Animation, and bring on LEGO 2!

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gave

Pretty Good!

I definitely don't mean this to be contrary to very positive reviews I've read about this movie. I was happy and entertained the entire time I was in the theater (everything was awes...yeah). Okay, but. The characters -- kind of send-ups of stereotyped cartoon movie characters -- never really became anything more than plastic and unaffecting for me. I'm fully willing to admit that I might be making too much of a movie where all the previews were for cartoons or animal movies narrated by Morgan Freeman.* I just didn't think it was more than a perfectly fine, fun watch.

That said, I really like Chris Pratt's Andy character from Parks and Rec. Good thing. Because Andy is the main character of The Lego Movie as well.

* He's doing another movie where he does narrates cute animals?? Or Andy Dufresne?? You know the time in life when you said "I'd listen to Morgan Freeman narrate anything"? This is the movie studios really putting that to the test.

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Cast:

Small President Business
Small Unikitty
Small Metalbeard
Small Vitruvius
Small Wyldstyle
Small Emmet
Small Batman
No_movie_poster Mary Ann
Small Superman
Small Good Cop

Crew:

No_movie_poster Phil Lord Directing
No_movie_poster Chris Miller Directing
No_movie_poster Doug Davison Production
No_movie_poster Stephen Gilchrist Production
No_movie_poster Roy Lee Production
No_movie_poster Dan Lin Production
No_movie_poster Phil Lord Writing
No_movie_poster Chris Miller Writing
No_movie_poster Dan Hageman Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Kevin Hageman Story Contributor

Plot:

Emmet, an ordinary guy, is mistaken as being the Master Builder, the one who can save the universe. With the aid of an old mystic Vitruvius, a tough young lady named Lucy and Batman, Emmet will fight to defeat the evil tyrant President Business, who is bent on destroying the universe by gluing it together

Release Dates:

theatrical : 2014-02-07 : India