The Lego Movie

“I opted out of catching a matinee of American Idiot (I was already gonna see 3 other performances this weekend) in favor of movie time. Specifically The Lego Movie. Best decision ever.

I’ve found when I go to the movies alone, I’m less prone to audibly laughing out loud than when I’m with a buddy. I’m just typically an antisocial and quiet person, and don’t like to draw attention to myself. For Lego Movie, I was laughing so hard through so much. I was very confused as to what that noise coming out of my mouth was.

Everything about this movie was just perfect. And I’m not just talking about the nostalgia factor, although that was big. To be fair, I was never a big Lego kid. I loved them, but I only had one small ziplock bag full of assorted pieces. I did have a big ol’ bucket of Flexiblocks though. I guess Lego was too expensive or my parents didn’t trust me not to swallow them or something. But even without as strong an emotional attachment to Legos as other people I know, the film was a magic portal back to childhood.

The animation was fantastic. I haven’t seen any, but I’m told that other Lego animations try to go for realism in the sense that they ignore the limited mobility and flat surfaces. This time, they went for realism in the sense that the whole thing felt like it could have been built out of actual Legos. And much of it was. It was a combination of stop motion and computer animation. The stop motion added so much charm and character to the film. I especially loved all of the busier scenes. So many gems hidden in the background.

The voice cast was incredible. Going in, I only knew Chris Pratt was in the cast, so I was trying to figure out who the rest of them were. I got some quicker than others (I can’t believe how long it took me to get Will Ferrell), but each one was perfect, even the small cameos. And just hearing certain bits of dialog in Morgan Freeman or Liam Neeson’s voice were worth the price of admission.

Also, can I just call next year’s Academy Award winner for Best original Song? Please? We know “”Let it Go”” is a done deal for this year, so can we just get a jump on next year too? Because really, when it comes to Lego Movie, everything IS awesome. I bet I’m not the only one to find a way to work that phrase into my post

The Lego Movie – \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/

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