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4.0 out of 5 stars (almost) Everything is Awesome., 23 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: The Lego Movie [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
In which two global enterprises combine to present a film about how bad business is. To the extent that the bad guy is called..... Business. A 100+ minuite advert for a product that people pay to see? And it's bleeding Lego! which doesn't lend itself to animation or warmth, or a suspension of disbelief.The signs ain't good. Is this what we fought the punk wars for? Justifiably low expectations then, a couple of hours of my life I am not gonna get back? This is going to have to deliver on several levels to be even acceptable. I've SEEN Pokemon 3 - I KNOW how bad these things can get.

(There will now be a short pause whilst this writer swallows his pride, and eats his words.)

Thank you for your patience.

On every level this film delivers like no other. It is witty, sharp, funny- very VERY funny in so many places. It is fast paced- to such an extent that some of the sequences are just dizzying. The quality of animation is out of this world. It is simply sensational, the best there has ever been. After the first five minuites I treated this movie no different to any other animated movie- you buy into it, and go with it and unless it jars, you immerse yourself in it. Except I couldn't help thinking from time to time "This is LEGO" which just made it even better. The Ocean sequences, the "flames" everything was proper lego propely animated.

Some of the characterisation is, shall we say, 2 dimensional. You know, an obvious good guy, an obvious bad guy, and an obvious love interest, but it's a kids movie, so that's ok..

Some of the characterisation however, isn't. Lego Batman, who gets some of THE best lines in the whole thing, is just the revelation of the film for me. He is just side splittingly funny, and one of his payoffs to his girlfriend is worthy of putting on a t shirt. "If our relationship is to grow, you just have to let me party for days with a bunch of guys I've never met. So Long. I WILL text you." Liam Neesons Good Cop Bad Cop (one of them a dead ringer for Eric "respect my AUTHORITAAAAAH" Cartman) is quite frankly, brilliant.

It isn't all great. There are a couple of moments that quite frankly could have ben done better with a bit more thought (the table sequence, the final Batman sequence) but when you put them up against the frenzied building sequence with everyone yelling for parts Just Like Kids Really Do, with Batman going "Any Black ones, I need. I only work with black. Or very dark grey." Or the priceless joyful yelling of "Spaceship. Spaacceeshipppp" (i won't explain. you will know.) The downsides are very minor. I could have done with a different last 20 mins, but what the hell. I'm sold. Sometimes you just have to accept that when corporate works- Ant and Dec, Vodaphone, The Lego Movie- it works exceedingly well.
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Initial post: 7 May 2014 10:28:30 BDT
Matthew says:
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As proven with this comment - the commenter in question has no idea what makes a good movie and spends the first paragraph insulting a film that is very similar to The Lego Movie in terms of a 'family film' with dark undertones.

Pokémon 3 is arguably considered the best Pokémon movie - having an incredibly strong moral about depression and as one reviewer called it 'Pokémon 3 is Silent Hill for kids' - in that respect the Lego movie also deals with these sorts of strong morals that are not always obvious to casual viewers.

The Lego movie's main villain 'President Business' is only named because it is based off a character who is always pre-occupied with his job and rules and regulations. It is not intended to be saying that corporations are bad... it is simply trying to portray a father and son relationship where the father has become too caught-up with rules and order, making him unable to enjoy time with his son.

The film itself may be a very comical and slightly crazy storyline, but it is believable and rather deep when you consider the entire story is based on the thoughts of a child essentially manifesting their own issues into the issues of the toys they are playing with. The whole film is essentially a child who is falling out with his father who has essentially lost all sense of fun and childhood - and it takes the events of the film for the child to help convince the father.

The Lego Movie is by far one of the best 'father-son' bonding films that I have seen in a hell of a long-time. It excels at being an enjoyable storyline where most (If not all) the jokes work and their are several intriguing inventions that will inspire any child to go and play with their own Lego. While promoting Lego (Obviously) the film is enjoyable and their are a few references to older Lego sets to keep fans of those genres entertained. Their are things going on in the background to keep multiple watches interesting and the animation is amazing once you get used to it - which happens after the opening scene.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2014 16:05:28 BDT
Driza says:
Thank you for your comment. It was very well written, and well argued. It also misses the points I made almost entirely. To reiterate: The Lego Movie was one which I approached with much hesitation, and I was wrong. I still think the whole "father-son" and over arching "this is all part of the childs imagination" a bit bolt-on and justifies the movie when there is no need. You and I agree on most things it would seem, with the following notable exceptions. To suggest i have "no idea" what makes a good movie says way more about you than it ever does about me. And Pokemon 3 is not "arguably" the best of anything. A dreadful piece of work that hit a hitherto unsurpassed new low in filmmaking of any kind, but particularly childrens films. It is a 24 carat solid gold chocolate coated TURKEY of a movie. Other than that, I think you and I aren't that far apart.

Posted on 7 Jul 2014 16:47:07 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
Excellent review of movie Driza.
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