The LEGO Movie

“So, how are we gonna get there? And where is there exactly,” Textbox asked as Kirin fished her bow and quiver out of the closet. She slung them around her shoulder and tied her sheathed broadsword around her waist.

“The message said that they were on the way when something called a “vempine” attacked. They said they were about two miles thataway.” She gestured to the woods behind her house.

“Only two miles? That means I can tag along!” Textbox exclaimed. Kirin’s eyes widened. She suddenly got visions of him yammering in her ear as she cut down tiny gremlins.

“No!” she said too quickly.

“And why not, little miss ninja pants?” Textbox asked indignantly.

“Because…because I need you here–to protect the house from–uh–anything that tries to break in. Time to go. Bye,” she said as she headed out the door.

“Don’t worry, fair maiden, I shall guard this place with my life,”  Textbox yelled as she disappeared into the woods. As soon as he was out of earshot, Kirin breathed a sigh of relief and ran to the coordinates given by the communication device. As she ran, she began to think about a movie she saw recently.

Hello, I’m a unicorn. Do you love LEGOs? If so, good for you, but they were never my thing. For one reason or another, I just never got into those building blocks of mass foot destruction, so when I heard there was going to be a movie based on these toys, I shrugged and watched old VHS tapes of Batman The Animated Series. Slowly, though, I began to see more trailers and learned about the process of making the movie and I got curious. When I saw the reviews that came out, everyone praised it to high Olympus. So, naturally, my family checked it out. Did it live up to the hype? The short answer is yes. Why? Well, read on to find out, true believer.

First of all, the humor was fantastic. It’s one of those movies with humor both kids and adults could appreciate. There wasn’t a single scene that didn’t have me smiling or chuckling. Without giving too much away, there were a lot of jokes that I couldn’t predict, because there is so much humor thrown in your face that it requires at least two viewings to catch all the visual jokes, and at least another three viewings to hear all the jokes. I also loved all the memorable characters, especially Bad Cop. I didn’t even realize that he was voiced by Liam Neeson until I checked IMDB. He completely disappeared into the role.

The animation was also wonderful. The CGI and stop motion blended together so well, it was hard to tell where one ended and the other began.  I loved the little touches like the water and smoke being LEGO bricks. It was just really clever. The worlds, especially Cloud Cuckooland and Bricksburg were really cool to look at. In Bricksburg, I thought that the Orwellian propaganda signs were really funny and I found myself torn between reading them and paying attention to what was going on screen. I didn’t want to miss a thing.

If I had a criticism, it would be with the ending. Without giving away any plot twists, I didn’t really care for it. With all the awesomeness before it, the end and defeat of Lord Business felt a bit like a cloying cop-out. I can’t explain why without giving the ending away, but when you see it, you’ll understand.

Overall though, this movie is amazing. It is a great blend of satire, funny characters, memorable one-liners, and scenes that were genuinely heartrending topped off by great animation. It takes a generic sounding plot and goes to unexpected places with it. This movie could have easily been a two hour LEGO commercial, but it instead chose to be a a wildly creative and extremely fun film for the whole family. So what are you waiting for? See it now!

“Lilly, get down,” Eli yelled. She ducked behind a log as he threw a flash grenade into the snow, the bright light stunning several of the photo-sensitive vempines. The creatures were no more than three feet high, with lamprey-like mouths that were used to suck blood and other vital juices and black eyes used to paralyze their prey. Their scaly, albino bodies resembled grey aliens that abduction victims often describe, but with razor sharp claws on their hands and feet and practically bulletproof skin. On his world, they hunted in swamps, mesmerizing their victims and dragging them to their watery graves. On land, they were wicked fast and deadly, but usually hunted alone. It was unusal for two to be in the same territory, let alone twenty. There was a flash as another grenade went off and the two regrouped.

“That was the last grenade,” Lilly gasped. They stood back to back as the creatures circled around them. “Eli, this is not good. There’s too many of them.” The vempines slowly began to close in. The two drew their guns.

“Did somebody call for reinforcements?” Kirin yelled as an arrow lodged itself in a vempine’s back.

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