The Lego Movie: Childhood Abridged

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Guys, I really wanted to make an effort and see The Nut Job, just so I could rant about it. But after seeing the trailer four times (one for each time I went to see Frozen), I gave up. Have you seen this?

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If you have, you’ve probably seen The Nut Job. I’m really getting tired of people trying to do animal heist movies. You know what animal heist movie I like? Ratatouille. You know why? Because it’s not an animal heist movie. It’s about food, it’s sweet, and it’s enjoyable. Animal heist movies should never have been a thing in the first place. Next time anybody talks to me about an animal heist movie, I swear to God, I will cancel animated movies. You don’t want me to cancel animated movies, do you?

Now on with a good movie. And for once, this review will be spoiler free!

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Watching The Lego Movie was like watching an entire Dragon Ball Z Abridged movie made by Team Four Star. In one word: AWESOME.

It’s not only that they play on a nostalgic toy that literally everybody in the audience has played with at least once in their life. It’s that they play with it. The whole movie feels like the filmmakers decided to bring a camera to their Lego play date: the film is a glorious mash up of superheroes, construction workers, spaceships, pirates, robots, and various weird animals and constructions. It’s on the ground, it’s in the air, it’s under water, it’s everywhere, it’s everything, it has no limits. It also helps that Phil Lord and Chris Millers know their audience. Remember the war between the kids who followed the instructions and those who didn’t? Because I do. And those guys do too.

The movie is about Emmet, a very, very bland guy in a world where everything is done according to instructions provided by President Business. One day, Bland Guy Emmet stumbles upon an artifact that literally sticks with him. Chaos, adventure, and a lot of awesomeness ensue.

Of course, the plot has been done to death. However, you really quickly understand that it is the point. The plot serves only as a basis for the filmmakers’ creativity to express itself, and when it comes to creativity, man, those guys deliver. As for comedy, I don’t know when I will get tired of the self-aware movie genre, but I hope it’s never. As far as I’m concerned, it is the best thing ever, period. I like humour that points out obvious things, I like puns, I like humour that just makes you burst out laughing out of sheer lack of logic. And again, when it comes to crazy-ass humour, those guys know what they’re talking about and who they’re talking to.

“Those guys” are the guys who did this, by the way.

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I’m not kidding when I say creativity and comedy are their forte. However, they don’t only have creativity, they also happen to have things to say. At first, it seems like they’re not being particularly subtle about it, with all the “following instructions” versus “creativity” thing, but the more you progress toward the end of it, the more you see how rich and clever this movie is.

The Lego Movie knows what it is down to the core: an awesome, full of childlike wonder, ultimately fun ride. So it’s no surprise that when the twist of the movie comes up, the filmmakers actually choose to talk about having fun. It’s something you don’t see that much nowadays. The Lego Movie is there to remind you how awesome it is, and also places the bar very high for any other movie that will come out this year.

Beware though. If your Mom threw out all of your Legos, this film may become very dangerous for your bank account.

Some say she’s French. Some say she’s a voodoo witch. What is certain is that Anais left her awkward print on all things artsy at one point or another in her life, performing as a singer and a pianist, exhibiting photographs and paintings, and leaving an embarrassing amount of visual proofs of those events on the internet. Anais’ dream is to be an animation writer. She thinks everything should be animated and she is more than half convinced that she is herself a cartoon character. She hopes that one day, Pendleton Ward or Jennifer Lee will read her screenplays and say they’re neat.

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