Disclaimer: Some spoilers may lie herein.
My wife and I and a friend of ours went out last week to see the Lego Movie, as did much of the nerdier citizens across the nation. Like most of these people I was completely blown away by the sheer magnitude of the film. That sentence didn’t mean ANYTHING. What I mean to say is that it was really, really good and there was seldom a point in the movie where I was not either laughing hysterically, or crying uncontrollably.
The Lego Movie touched on so many points for me (and, apparently, so many others who saw it) that were powerfully emotional. From the deep loneliness of Emmet in his desire to find a friend, to the Father’s struggle with coming to terms with the fact that he was, in fact, the bad guy (realizing why Lord Business was always on stilts near this scene was also tear-inducing). The jump that the writers make from a completely fantastical and child like world of make believe, to a very real (literally) and relatable story about father and son is , in a word, awesomely cool (that was two words). All of these moments come together in one of the most heartwarming and touching stories I’ve seen from this kind of movie.
Which brings me to the production. The sheer depth of this movie is shattering. I mean the real world Lego City in the basement at the end was jarringly cool. The fact that there was not a single piece of the animated parts of this movie that was NOT a Lego piece, was just bitchin’. My friend Nathan commented on the sea of Lego studs, which made me cringe at the thought of having to wrangle all of those pieces. All of the different and unique Lego creations were really cool too. SPACESHIP!!!!!!
To be fair, this is coming from a guy who kind of sucked at making cool Lego things and was always impressed/jealous of other people’s creations, which seemed so much cooler than my own. The dinorobot that couldn’t walk, but had a swinging tail comes to mind. It looked neither like a robot or a dinosaur but, as I said, the tail swung about vertically. To be fair, I never had the GIANT TUB O’ LEGOS that just about everyone else I know seems to have had. I had just one of those bucket-of-chicken sized lego sets and it was only ever half-full. So there’s that.
Finally I have to talk about Liam Neeson. Now, those of you who know me well enough know that I love Liam Neeson: I kind of want him to be my dad. That being said, he was easily the best and funniest part of this entire movie for me. Bad Cop’s sinister Taken tones played in stark contrast to Good Cop’s lighthearted sweetness, which I have nothing to compare to, which was half of the cool. I was so excited I could just throw a chair!
In short, the Lego movie was utterly magnificent and demands to be watched. Liz and I agreed that we could have easily watched it again immediately after it was over (and that is a SUPER rare thing for me). So don’t sit there reading my blog. GO SEE THE LEGO MOVIE NOW!
What did you think of the Lego Movie?
What was your favorite part of the movie? Did you see anything else this week that you think was as good or better? Leave your answers in the comments below. Thanks much for reading and please remember to have a wonderful day!
P.S. EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!!!!