Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The Lego Movie: No I WILL NOT sing that song

While I can’t speak for everyone, I wish that there was more stop motion animation. I applaud people who go out of their way to make high quality stop motion animation and use the style to their advantage along with the material. Why do I say this, because Lego is generally the standard Stop Motion material as people tend to make their sets, characters and props out of Lego, because its so easy to do (in comparison to other stop motion styles like using Transformers toys). Movies made by Lego on the other hand are... forgettable for the most part. I only know of five other Lego movies, one of which I couldn’t name off the top of my head to save my life. To my knowledge, all of Lego’s films have been direct to VCR/DVD/Blu-ray and none of have come to or launched at a cinema (at least not where I live...)... until The Lego movie. So how does the Lego movie hold up?

The plot of the Lego Movie is really straight forward. Lord Business (no I will not bring up the controversy of the villain because I think it’s absolutely stupid) wants to take over the world...
Because of how “chaotic” it is. The reason for the chaos is because Mini Figs (mini figures, the people of LEGO) destroy and rebuild the world they live in all the time instead of following the instructions. To do this, Lord Business takes control over the Kragle, a treasure that has the power to freeze Mini Figs in place and keep the bricks locked together forever. Emmet (a Mini Figg who is so generic that Lord Business’s sensors and records can’t track him because “his face matches every face in our records”) must learn the skills of a Master Builder, and use his imagination and power of creation to stop Lord Business from succeeding with the help of colourful characters including Wild Style, Batman, Princess Unikitty, 1980’s spaceman, not Morgan Freeman’s god from the Bruce and Even Almighty movies named Vetruvius, and Captain Metal Beard... I use straight forward by its dictionary term as it’s easier to understand if you see the film. The characters themselves are a joy to see in action. Its obvious who Vetruvius is supposed to be, but the film takes it and uses it for its humour. I’ve never seen Batman this comical since the Adam West days (Because some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb) and Unikitty (I sweat I’m not making that up) takes more tropes then I can remember and completely destroys them (just to name a few). Even the supporting characters “including but no limit to Robin Hood, Mermaid lady, Gandalf, Swamp creature, 1980’s something Space guy, 2002 NBA all stars, and Wonder woman” along with “Green Ninja, Milhouse, nice vampire, Michelangelo (painter), Michalangelo (Ninja turtle), and Cleopatra” and many others in the crowd.

The Master builders are a perfect case in point for what the film is. If you know about Lego, then you will find something to enjoy here. The world is not only made of Lego for almost every aspect (and the parts that aren’t help make the world better) but it takes the medium and uses it to its full potential. The “instruction” are actual Lego Instructions, the animation is reminiscent of actual stop motion (to the point where the characters can only move like regular Mini Figgs (except for the face, but that comes with the territory of film, that needed to be animated), Master builders is a actual term Lego uses (both in special sets (which can’t be bought in Australia...) and what their design teams calls themselves), the world itself is Mini Figg scale, no piece’s size was altered (I say this in comparison to something like the Traveller’s Tales Lego games) and the attention to detail in the world itself, along with its humour makes this a gem to watch. You can also tell that the team behind the film designed it around a child’s imagination, because only in a child’s mind could Superman be stopped by Chewing Gum.

There is one small issue with it though. The song that shall be nameless (trust me, you’ll know it when you hear it). The song was used in promotional material and all over the film. One of my issues with Let it go was the fact that it was over used, this is worse because not only is it overused, but its also a earworm. You will hear it, and it will not leave you head. On top of that, the entire soundtrack is barren and forgettable. Aside from the earworm, I could not pick out another song from that film (both vocal and instrumental) to save my life (except maybe the gag song by Batman, but even then I couldn’t sing it).

Would I recommend this movie? Absolutely, it is one of the best films I’ve seen in a while (I wouldn’t say 2014 because the only other I’ve seen at the cinema is Captain America). The movie is just a joy to watch. The only two (pathetic) complaints I have with the film are 1. Why did it take so long for a film made in Australia to get released in Australian cinemas and 2. Not even a full second of Bionicle? But again, they are pathetic complaints. If you haven’t seen the film, watch it. Next week’s a bit of a mood change. A suicidal assault on a target you don’t break into, Batman: Assault on Arkham.

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