I’ll just start this piece off by saying that I hate reviews, well I hate reviews when people go off on something that they didn’t like. Most reviewers have no point of view when it comes to what it takes to create any piece of art. They were not writers, directors, actors, visual effects artists, set designers, costume designers, editors, camera people, etc. Perhaps they were at some point, but they chose to abandon these endeavors because they got a job writing about how good or bad someone else’s art is. That being said, I’m here to write a review today. Luckily for me, it’s really just me talking about how much I loved something so much that I felt the need to tell the whole world. Is it a review if you just flat out tell your readers that you’re going to say nothing but nice things? Probably not. Does it damage my integrity that I’ll admit I’ll only write “reviews” of things I like so that I don’t come off like a dickhead? 100%, but still, at least I’m not someone who pretends like I would have done a better job. With that said, let my praise of “The LEGO Movie begin!”
“The LEGO Movie” is a classic hero’s tale about a nobody named Emmitt who is suddenly thrust with the responsibility of stopping the evil Lord Business from releasing the deadly weapon, the “Kragle,” on the entire population of the LEGO universe, bringing about the end of civilization as it exists, and he must rely on the efforts of his cohorts, Wildstyle, Petruvius, and Batman in order to do so. How that tale relates to the way LEGOs actually work is nothing short of brilliant, comparing how “fitting in” in our own ways of life to the need to “follow instructions” in the LEGO universe. My favorite kinds of movies are the ones where characters have to grow and learn about themselves before they are able to complete whatever tasks are laid out in front of them, and just about every character in the movie experiences a sense of personal growth, even the antagonists. To see each character go through such a change is really quite refreshing, especially when most movies I’ve seen in recent months involve nothing more than explosions and special effects.
Don’t get me wrong, the LEGO Movie is filled with nothing but special effects, as the entire film is shot in a combination of stop motion and CG, but the way those effects are used are to actually tell the story rather than hide the fact that there is none (here I go again shitting on other movies that I’d never have the opportunity to make). Even then, the fact that the fire in this film is mostly made of LEGO pieces (and the same goes for the water), the filmmakers and VFX artists really maintained a sense of authenticity with their choices of how to animate their movie. I felt as though I could have been playing with the most expensive LEGO set ever, as opposed to just sitting in the theater. There really was something to how well the creators kept in mind the fact that they were essentially playing with everyone’s favorite toys as they created their movie, and they really nailed it.
The writing and chemistry between the voice actors could arguably be the best part of the “LEGO Movie.” I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say I was gut laughing for 90 minutes, as the story moved so smoothly and the jokes just continued to hammer away at everything hilarious about the fact that these are toys brought to life. The fact that everyone was so self-aware, even to the point where they knew they were LEGOs just added to my enjoyment. The voice talents, including Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, and Morgan Freeman, and how well they seemed to interact with each other created a sense that they were the ones playing with the LEGOs themselves and the audience was invited over to join them.
In spite of my praises, the LEGO Movie is not without its detractors. There was one little issue that comedian Jerry Seinfeld had with a moment in the film. He tweeted out during the weekend that The LEGO Movie stole jokes of his about how Superman would interact with Green Lantern from a 2004 American Express commercial. I don’t personally recall the commercial in question myself, but joke thievery is not something any of us should treat lightly. Do you guys remember the Seinfeld bit to which he’s referring? Let us know in the comments below.
Well that’s my “review,” if you consider a review more of a fellating session, which is probably the most inappropriate way to refer to anything having to do children’s movie. Still though, I stand by my personal decision to not put out anything that I didn’t like, because let’s face it: people who say they can do things better are probably full of shit. It takes hard work to make movies, especially those that require the efforts of so many talented people. Does that mean that I like Michael Bay movies? Not really (although “The Rock” is amazing), but that just means I won’t be writing a review of Transformers 4. Bye! See you next time!