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I saw it earlier today and I thought it was great even though I never played with Lego. It reminded me a lot of Wreck It Ralph by the way the humor was. I am sure there were a lot of Lego jokes that flew way over my head, but there was still enough other humor to make it enjoyable.
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A good movie that sets the bar high. Think "The Neverending Story" meets "Team America". A love letter to the Occupy movement. Let's see if it stays that way till the sequel, because I'm on nails now. WB is still gonna push for the Hong Kong Phooey and Captain Planet movies, you know.
And I'm sorry, but I hate that song. I'm not a pop-EDM fan really and that song confirmed it for me once again. And I hate overpriced coffee too. And mindless sitcoms and everything this movie reassures me with. Gaaaah!
Let's discuss the topics this movie brings up, shall we?
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The Lego Movie 2 scheduled for May 26. 2017.
On the one hand, I have no idea how they're going to do a sequel to this movie. This is a movie that really doesn't seem to lend itself to a sequel at all. On the other hand, I had no idea how they were going to make a movie based on Legos at all, and reacted with a non-trivial amount of eye-rolling when I heard they were. I'm as surprised as anyone that I liked it enough to think that currently, it's the movie to beat for Best Animated Feature of 2014. With Pixar out of the running and nothing from DreamWorks feeling any more inspired, Big Hero 6 is the only known wildcard.
So I'll try to keep a more open mind about this news than I did about the original movie. Hey, if nothing else, we get more cool toys.
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So they nabbed a choice summer spot.
"Two thousand five hundred tons of awesome!" Dr. Newton Geiszler, accurately summing up Pacific Rim.
This is definitely the next "Toy Story" franchise, in terms of quality, critical and commercial success.
The LEGO movie will most likely win that award (Animated Feature of 2014).
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2017 is a longer wait than I thought, but I'm glad the WB has enough confidence in the potential franchise to give it a summer slot.
I am cautious about the sequel in terms of optomisim. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are not set to direct the sequel, so this could end up being "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" all over again. A movie with great animation but weak writing and story.
Anyway, I guess the Best Animated Oscar race is a bit more up in the air than I had thought, but I still say that Lego Movie has set a surprisingly high bar as of now.
Cool "making of" article at fxguide.com, which details some of the lengths the crew went to for authenticity's sake. Pretty cool stuff, and one BTS videos that I hadn't seen before.
After seeing this, I'm gonna say something that could be quite controversial: The Lego Movie is the best movie Shaquille O'Neal has ever been in.
But in all seriousness, WOW! What started as a movie I didn't care about at all whatsoever has become one of my favorite animated movies in years. The story is clever and charming, the message is one of the best I've heard in years, the dialouge and visual gags are hilarious, the animation is top-notch, the voice cast is absolutely perfect, every character is memorable and likable (all hail the great Unikitty! :3); just...everything!
My only issues are that the sentimental moments are pretty sappy, and one part near the end makes no sense, which I'll go into in the spoilers below:
For those wondering, Lego Movie 2 has a different director than Lord and Miller. It'll be going off to Chris McKay, animation co-director for the movie, as well as being a director for the third Star Wars Robot Chicken special. I'm surprisingly fine with this.
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