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A good movie

Posted : 4 years, 6 months ago on 18 March 2015 10:00

Last year, this movie surprised everyone by becoming a huge box-office hit and one of the most acclaimed animated features released recently. With this in mind, I was quite eager to check it out but, to be honest, even though I did enjoy it, I can’t say I was really blown away by the whole thing. I mean, obviously, it looked really impressive, it was very original and I don't think they could have made something better from this concept, they went all the way with its potential, and yet, somehow, I still had a hard time to connect with the whole thing. I don’t know, it was just so wild, so over-the-top, from the very beginning up until the end-credits, it pretty much borders complete nonsense constantly and while I did appreciate the approach and the guts displayed by the makers, I'm afraid it was a little bit alienating. Still, it was just filled with fun ideas, with impressive details and the voice cast was pretty much spot-on. For the team Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, it was just another hit and those guys, with the weirdest and seemingly hopeless concepts (see also 'Cloudy with a chance of meatballs' and '21 Jump Street'), they keep coming up with some surprisingly succesfull and entertaining features. To conclude, even though it wasn’t really a home run for me, it was still a really fun flick and it is definitely worth a look.

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A Wasted Potential.

Posted : 4 years, 11 months ago on 19 October 2014 12:07

Nobody was anticipating this movie more than me, i cried of joy the first time i heard of 'LEGO Movie' idea, even before the trailer, i thought that this is going to be great, and when the trailer came out, i was extremely satisfied because it looked exactly like i thought it would be, beautiful colors, wonderful characters, fantastic voice overs, it was the upcoming 'Toy story' for me, but now that i have seen the movie, i'm shockingly disappointed.

Let me explain what's wrong with this movie to the best of my ability. let's say that you're drawing something, a figure, and behind it there's a background, normally, you would put more details and intensity in the figure, so that when someone look at the drawing, he will know exactly what to look at, it doesn't mean that you made the background blurry, but details on the figure is more important than details on the background, with this movie however, there were incredible amount of details on everything, and while that's always a good thing, unfortunately, everything in the frame looked detailed the same amount, which means, you will look at the screen but you don't know what's happening, where to look? where's the figure in this? furthermore, they're were too many things happening in the background, so it's not just the intensity, it's also the movement, i weren't able to absorb all that is happening, and that wasted potentials, because they worked really hard to make everything look amazing, but they failed to highlight what's important. in my best ability and complete focus, i was able to absorb about 70% of what's happening in the movie, and i felt exhausted after one hour, specially the car chases, and the explosions. just look at the picture below, see how the background from 'The LEGO movie' is detailed and see how the background from 'Toy Story' look a bit blurry, so you can the differences.

And to add insult to injury, the movie was really really fast paced, which makes it way worse than it should, because not only you can't see your figures and everything looks the same but also, it's fast, it's really exhausting.

Although, i did blur the line with the entry, but i did enjoy this movie, not all of it, but the majority of it was fantastic, the casting was great, too many great characters, Batman was hilarious, Will Ferrell's voice as 'Lord Business' was great, the jokes were really funny, the story brings out the child in you, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and Will Arnett voices were adorable. and i was actually worried about their ability of showing emotions, because the LEGO face is so simple and they can't move it all like other animations, they can only move the eyes and the mouths, so i didn't think they'll be able to capture the necessary face impressions to highlight the character, but they did it perfectly, you can so easily relate to the LEGO and it looked adorable, also "Everything was Awesome" was a really, really good song.

An hour and 20 minutes into the movie and i was able to enjoy it as much as i can, but then everything dropped to zero when Emmet fell from the Skyscraper and they decided to show a kid holding the LEGO, a kid playing with the LEGO in non-animated kinda way. at first i thought, this is a good idea, it's like an another dimension to the movie, you know like in Toy Story, where the kid plays with the Toys, but i was surprised to see it in non-animation, it was really a shocking decision to feature Will Ferrell and his "son" arguing over the LEGO, it ruined it for me, the entire theme of the movie was wasted, and i can't stand Will Ferrell, but his voice was great, but why you have to show him (the real him) in the movie playing with the LEGO with his son, before this scene, i was ready to give the movie a 7 out of 10 for very enjoyable, but that non-animation scene killed it for me, why couldn't they do it like in 'Toy Story', what's the point in showing those people? did they think that people would say "hey, it's Will Ferrell, this movie just got better"? because he's already in the movie, don't show me his face, that was very shocking for an animation movie. and it made me wonder, can they do that? i mean will this movie ever be nominated for an academy award for best animation because it featured a non-animated scenes, and the non-animated scenes were so boring, it was really rushed, effortless and just thrown in the movie in a shocking way.

Overall, a semi-enjoyable movie, that was exhausting to watch but had so many potentials that could make it so much better, but some shocking decisions brought it back to average, and it's not acceptable to waste a movie like this, because the movie became sad for me while it should be enjoyable.

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The Lego Movie review

Posted : 5 years, 3 months ago on 18 June 2014 11:07

"MasterBuilders spend years training themselves to clear their minds enough to have even a fleeting glimpse of The Man Upstairs and yet, your mind is already so prodigiously empty that there is nothing in it to clear away in the first place. With proper training you could become a great MasterBuilder."

It's strange when a movie that comes out in the beginning of the year does so well at both the box office and with critical reception but The Lego Movie absolutely blows both of those out of the water. Now seeing that both Chris Miller and Phil Lord wrote/directed this movie i think they might be my new favorite comedy directors as i have loved their last three movies those being This, and both 21 and 22 Jump Street. The 3D Animation is amazing yet still retro with how it looks like its stop motion, this is most noticeable when you see the waves in the blocky ocean. The Lego movie is a fast paced, action packed, thrill ride, loaded with an abundance of humor, and an amazing set of actors lending their voices to many, many Lego characters.

Our story follow a normal construction worker named Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt) from the town of Bricksburg owned by Lord Business (Will Ferrell). Emmet is just your everyday normal do it by the instructions guy and while after work hours one night he notices someone looking around for something on the work site as he is about to call the police they take their hood off and Emmet notices that its a really hot woman. Emmet is struck with awe and cannot even complete his sentence just then she happens to run away and Emmet starts to run after her but falls into a hole and finds the "Piece of Resistance". After touching it Emmet receives a crazy vision and passes out, he awakens with the piece of resistance stuck on his back and in the custody of Lord Business lieutenant Bad Cop (Liam Neeson) this is where he learns the plans of Lord Business to cover the entire world in Kragle which happens to turn out to be a tube of Krazy Glue with some of the letters scratched out.

Just as they are about to take the Piece of Resistance a mystery person shows up and saves Emmet which we soon find out happens to be the same woman person Emmet saw at this work, she says her name is Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and she goes on to tell Emmet that he is the most special, and most important person in all the world. Of course Emmet is still struck with how beautiful she is just agrees to everything she says in which we later find out everything she thought about him turns out to be wrong. Now we have our movie where we see Emmet go from a normal guy to being the savior of The Lego Universe with the help of his friends of course. We see The Lego Universe comes to life when are introduced to other Lego lands like The Old West, Pirate's Cove, Vikings Landing and my absolute favorite Middle Zealand. A big reason to why this movie was so awesome is all the cameo's the movie has like Shaquille O'Neal as his Lego self, Nick Offerman as Metal Beard, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as Superman and Green Lantern, also the tons of characters that didn't get a voice but just a cameo, and it was finally great to see Cobie Smulders as Wonder Woman even if it was just her voice acting because she was the actress back in 2005 on Joss Whedon's short list for his now scrapped Wonder Woman project.

My only problem with the movie was the ending and that it brings in real life and real life drama into the movie which honestly wasn't needed to make its point. Even though the ending was my least favorite part it had my most favorite scene, where Emmet is talking to Lord Business about him not having to be a bad person anymore. Now i see people saying Will Arnett as Batman was the best character from the movie and sure he was great but personally i laughed harder with Benny (Charlie Day) especially at the spaceship part. SPACESHIP!!!!!! SPACESHIP!!!!!! SPACESHIP!!!!!! SPACESHIP!!!!!! SPACESHIP!!!!!! SPACESHIP!!!!!! SPACESHIP!!!!!! SPACESHIP!!!!!! SPACESHIP!!!!!!

Overall i give it a 8.5 I seriously can't wait for the Ninjago spin-off movie in 2016 and The Lego Movie sequel in 2017

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I never expected it would be this much awesome

Posted : 5 years, 3 months ago on 17 June 2014 07:03

3D animation is a new thing in the cinema world. Just the two decades old technology, which started with 'Toy Story'. So as it is young, filmmakers utilizing it very awesomely to create great stuffs. So far we had seen the many wonders of classical tales such as 'Tangled', 'Frozen' et cetera, as well based on the modern subjects like, 'Cars', 'Turbo' et cetera. Here it comes one more movie that specially made referring gaming object like the recent one 'Wreck-It-Ralp'.

I loved 'Wreck-It-Ralp', but the fact is that I was not in favour of this movie. Expected it gonna bomb at the box office, then surprised me with the result and made very curious. I knew characters in the form of Lego bricks are easy to animate, we can say just like the stop-motion animation, but it won't give smooth pleasurable flow. That truly bothered me over this movie. Once I began to watch within a few minutes I got adjusted with it so comfortable and enjoyed completely.

The story of an ordinary construction worker, Emmet and his unexpected journey towards saving the world. He was accompanied by the great fighters and warriors and superheroes. He has to find the secret plan of villainous leader who controls the land of Lego and must defeat him. To know that you must watch the movie.

It is a nice movie, though the story is not fresh. Kind of spoof which imitates recent past movies like 'The Lord of the Rings', Chris Nolan's Batman movie and many others. Especially all the famous characters from various movies had the cameos. It was so fun having them together in one place. So it is not the story, but the way of story telling was so innovative and modern and that showed this movie to the gate of success.

I remember I had the best time building something with these Lego bricks in my childhood. All those memories came alive after watching this just like I remembered during 'Wreck-It-Ralp'. It is such a cute movie with fun characters. A smart movie for all age group. I am very much sure it will be one the strongest contender for the next edition of the Oscar ceremony. At present I am not seeing any other equally good ones so who know it may win, but have to wait for another 6 months to know that.

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Everything is indeed awesome

Posted : 5 years, 5 months ago on 11 April 2014 01:49

"The prophecy is made up, but it's also true. It's about all of us. Right now, it's about you. And you... still... can change everything."

The Lego Movie is a blast of pure awesomeness, an infinitely enjoyable animated feature which lives up to and surpasses its hype. Masterminded by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), it's a strikingly original piece of cinema, on top of being perhaps the boldest motion picture of 2014 so far. Here is a computer-animated movie with deliberately rocky animation to emulate the look of a YouTube stop-motion effort, and it's so infectiously funny and creative that it frequently feels like a devilishly goofy fan film. With an immense sense of energy and plenty of imagination, The Lego Movie is snappy and amusing, and it's difficult to wipe the smile off your face as you watch it.

In the land of Bricksburg, Emmet (Chris Pratt) is a completely nondescript construction worker, with no distinguishing characteristics to make him stand out to his colleagues. Running the city is President Business (Will Ferrell), who brainwashes the public into a carefree life of routine, encouraging them to watch cell-deadening TV shows like Where Are My Pants? and buy overpriced coffee. When Emmet stumbles upon a centuries-old red brick known as the "Piece of Resistance," he's identified by the mysterious Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) as the "Special" - the chosen one expected to fulfil a prophecy maintained by blind wizard Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman). With President Business and his minion, Good Cop/Bad Cop (Liam Neeson), determined to reclaim the Piece of Resistance, Emmet sets out with Wyldstyle and Batman (Will Arnett), seeking to evade capture and prevent Business' nefarious plans.

The Lego Movie's opening moments are utter perfection, establishing the world inhabited by Emmet while effectively displaying the movie's snowballing tone. The tour of Bricksburg is a joy, with sly visual touches and even a sequence of Emmet's colleagues motivating themselves throughout the workday by perpetually singing Everything is Awesome, a song so insanely catchy that it's destined to become a pop culture staple.

For the majority of its runtime, The Lego Movie is an absolute hoot, providing nonstop laughs and quirkiness as it lurches from one uproarious, creative set-piece to the next at a breathless pace. It feels like the type of narrative that many of us would concoct as kids while playing with toys, before we were restrained by annoying notions of reality. Although an entire feature consisting of such sequences would be fun enough, Lord and Miller go above and beyond the call of duty, dabbling in Pixar levels of maturity for the final act. The story takes an unexpected left turn, leading to a jaw-dropping reveal about the true nature of the existence of this universe. From there, the movie provides a poignant rumination on the wonders of childhood and the importance of playtime which may move some to tears. The Lego Movie not only features Lego prominently, but it's also an affectionate love letter to the toy brand, and it ponders Lego's place in the modern pop culture canon. Who on Earth expected that?

Practically everything in The Lego Movie is made of Lego. The people, the buildings, the fires, the landscapes, the explosions, the water - there is not a single frame of animation that's not comprised of Lego pieces. The movie never tries to hide this fact, constantly calling attention to its artifice in a playful fashion, wanting us to buy this as some homemade stop-motion film. There are plenty of wonderfully quirky touches for the nerds in the audience, from the various uproarious piss-takes and movie references, to the variety of Lego-built kingdoms that the characters tour through. Also impressive are the various cameos, giving the flick an enchanting sense of spontaneity and surprise. Suffice it to say, it would be borderline criminal to spoil any of the pleasures to unearth here, but rest assured it maintains attention almost effortlessly.

The Lego Movie could almost be watched without sound due to the lush visual presentation, but to do so would be to miss out on all the wonderful jokes that are sold with top-flight comedic timing. The goofy dialogue rarely lets up, and the script is peppered with side-splitting wordplay. Not to mention, the vocal performances all-round are spectacular, particularly Liam Neeson who has a ball as Good Cop/Bad Cop. It's also wonderful to hear Morgan Freeman's distinctive voice amid the chaos, while the likes of Pratt and Banks hit their marks beautifully. But surprisingly, one of the movie's biggest assets is Arnett as Batman. The portrayal of the Caped Crusader here is magnificent, with Lord and Miller gleefully skewering the dark, brooding, gravelly-voiced portrayal of Bats that we've been subjected to over the past decade.

If The Lego Movie wasn't masterminded by Lord or Miller, it would have been exactly the type of bland, safe, paint-by-numbers distraction that the project sounded like in the first place. Even though the movie is basically a 100-minute commercial for the world-famous building bricks, it's marketing pulled off in an inspired and satisfying manner. From start to finish, the picture is a through-and-through hoot, a genuine masterpiece which will likely wind up in the year's top 10. And even better is that it has arrived so early in 2014 after a disappointing year of animated movies, setting the bar extremely high. Kids will be in heaven, while adults will appreciate it on various levels. You will also be left wondering just how Lord and Miller were able to smuggle this borderline perfect gem into cinemas.


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The Lego Movie review

Posted : 5 years, 7 months ago on 20 February 2014 08:41

Some really fun surprises. I'm so relieved that I was able to enjoy them. Works on multiple levels!

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The Lego Movie review

Posted : 5 years, 7 months ago on 19 February 2014 05:12

Sounds like a total cash cow, right? I mean you got movies that are made for the sake of product placement and nothing else like GI Joe, Baysformers, and Battleship. The Lego Movie, as surprising as it may seem, is different.

At first, it seemed like all the funny moments in the whole movie would be ruined by all the ads promoting it, fortunately there was much more fun to be had.

Let me start by saying that this movie is probably one of the funniest things you will see all year. Period.

A big part of the humor I did not expect to see was socio-political satire. Yep, you read that right: The film satirizes not only big business, but Statism as well, depicting Lord Business' authoritarian desire to control and dominate everything; making it the "way it's supposed to be." Everyone is following "the instructions." Their minds are occupied with brainwashy media with insipid TV shows, sports, and subliminal messages in music. ("Everything is Awesome") Everyone is told to act the same way as everyone else. Gee, this kind of sounds kind of Orwellian the more I think about it.... Wait;

“So long as they (the Proles) continued to work and breed, their other activities were without importance. Left to themselves,... they had reverted to a style of life that appeared to be natural to them, a sort of ancestral pattern...Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.” -George Orwell, 1984

And with this theme, the film manages to send a message of individualism and freedom of expression; a political position that I am proud to hold.

Some of the film's comedy comes from the use of visual humor. Really funny visual humor. To the point where the things that are going on in the background made me laugh. It demonstrates the pure effort that went into animating the film.

Which is another thing: The movie is just beautiful to look at. I'm now thinking about how much time and effort was put into building all these various locations explored in the film. Literally, brick by brick even if some of that building was being done with CGI. And even with those parts that were CGI, they still looked as if they were made in with stop motion.

The numerous cameos and references to Lego franchises didn't feel like they were forced-in for the sake of advertisement. Instead, they add to the humor with special thanks to a talented voice cast. (as usual, I'm trying to keep things spoiler-free so more people will want see this.)

The Lego Movie doesn't really have any specific age group it's going for. Kids and adults, Lego fans and total strangers to the toyline, it doesn't matter who you are. Pretty much anyone should be entertained by it.

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Everything is indeed awesome

Posted : 5 years, 7 months ago on 18 February 2014 02:20

‘The Lego Movie’ is funny, clever and well-animated, everything is indeed awesome. I was expecting to enjoy it, there was a great cast (Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman) and the plot sounded very funny, the ending in particular was very clever and emotional

My favourite thing was the Good Cop/Bad Cop who is voiced by Liam Neeson who is two faces on one figure, when Lord Business (Will Ferrell) tells him he has to glue his parents, the Good/Bad Cop keeps twisting his face round before Business deletes his good face

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Review of The Lego Movie

Posted : 5 years, 7 months ago on 8 February 2014 03:17

I know there's still nearly 11 months of the year remaining, but I am convinced that no other 2014 release will make me laugh as much, or as hard, as The Lego Movie. The gags come at a furious rate, the film features eye-popping animation, and there are enough clever easter-eggs to justify second, third, and fourth viewings for any fan (or former fan) of Legos. For 80 minutes of this movie, I almost never stopped smiling or laughing. Which makes it terribly unfortunate that the last 20 minutes threatens to unravel every perfect thing that The Lego Movie did in the preceding one-and-a-quarter hour.

Emmet, just an ordinary construction worker, falls down a hole (a la Alice in Wonderland), and discovers a crazy world, totally unlike his own. Emmet is even more shocked when he learns that he is the "Specialist," the fulfillment of a prophecy that will save the entire universe from Lord Business, who threatens to destroy the world on Taco Tuesday.

So, if you've seen any of the trailers, you know that The Lego Movie takes place in a world composed entirely of the Lego brand construction toy. But this is no mere marketing gimmick. The animation includes hundreds upon hundreds of clever Lego references that kept my eyes moving in vain hopes of catching every detail. I can only assume that I have only discovered a fraction of the intense detail put into this film. Not to mention a slew of amusing sight-gags that rival that of Aardman. The Lego Movie demands repeat viewings. And I am more than happy to meet this demand.

For the first 80 minutes of the film, the gags literally do not stop. I'd say there's at least 5 gags to a minute (not counting little easter-eggs in the background), and if you multiply that by 80, you get- well, a lot of laughs. The gags range from slap-stick, to satire humor, social commentary, pop culture references, visual gags, etc.

The satire and parody elements stand out, often downright mocking other similar films. Unfortunately, The Lego Movie falls into a very common pitfall for films that rely heavily on parody humor: It ultimately becomes the very subject of its mockery.

This is when we get to the last 20 minutes which are, not necessarily bad, but a dramatic departure from what came before. The gags seem to stop. They're actually still there in moderate supply, but because of how frequently they came before, the whole film seems to slow down. And the ending becomes something remarkably pedestrian and predictable in a way that one thinks that it MUST be intentional self-parody. But it isn't. For a film as ridiculous as this one, it's a shame it chooses to take itself so seriously at the end.

All of my problems with the last 20 minutes root back to the "twist." This is a spoiler-free review, so I won't give the game away, but let's just say that it's almost nothing a twist should be. In other words, it's not shocking, it's not inventive, and it's not good. I am convinced that The Lego Movie would be vastly improved had the twist been absent.

The voice cast is clearly having a lot of fun with their characters- all of which are extremely fun, and very memorable. Christ Pratt in the lead as Emmet gives an appropriately chipper performance, and Elizabeth Banks manages to expand upon the generic tough-girl, Wyldstyle- the most uninteresting of the main cast. The highlights, however, are indisputably Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius (featuring one of the best character designs in recent memory), as well as Will Arnett, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, and many others. There are dozens of hilarious cameos as well, often voiced by major celebrities (but I'll let you discover them on your own). A brief cameo by Abraham Lincoln also gets a laugh, but one can't help but wonder if Daniel Day-Lewis was ever offered the role.

The score, composed by Mark Mothersbaugh, is an effective parody score. It jumps from genre to genre, amplifying the chaotic and hilarious environments. And yet, while it's amusing in the picture, I doubt it will provide a satisfying listen outside of the film.

The Lego Movie is 80 minutes of the funniest, most inventive, and ingenious animated cinema to grace the screen in years, and 20 minutes that is merely okay. The Lego Movie is so close to being a near-masterpiece, that it's painful for me to merely label it as a near-near-masterpiece. But all issues with the end aside, The Lego Movie is a must-see, not just for Lego fans and youngsters, but for audiences of all ages. The sheer amount of joy and fun contained within this film is unmatched by any animated film that was released last year. My face still hurts from smiling.

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