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The Lego Movie

Posted by martinteller on July 3, 2014

Well, what do you know… this actually lives up to the hype.  It’s a little hard to get past the fact that it’s a feature-length toy commercial, and there’s quite a bit of formula to it, and the action sometimes gets a little too manic for my tastes.  But for the most part, it’s really fun.  Enjoyable characters and voice acting, impressive art design (although occcasionally it looks too computer-generated to the point where it stops being believable as a Lego universe) and pop culture references that are actually clever and playful and not just “Hey, here’s that thing you know about!”  There were lots of laughs to be had, few of them cheap laughs.  And I gotta give bonus points for taking the piss out of “serious Batman”.  I am not a fan of serious Batman.

Although the ending is a bit sentimental, I appreciate that they had the guts to abruptly turn away from the big action set piece and let themselves have a quiet moment.  In an age when children’s movies always seem to culminate with an elaborate non-stop frenetic crescendo — the money shot, if you will — it was a welcome change of pace.  And it maintains the humor, too.  I thought the film’s thoughts on creativity were nice… not terribly profound, but not entirely simple, either.

It also didn’t hurt that “Wyldstyle” looks a whole lot like my fiancée.  Rating: Very Good (84)


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