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Lego Movie

Postby Izawwlgood » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:35 pm UTC

Eveeeeeeeeeerything is awesome!

Saw this last weekend and was hugely impressed. There are a ton of nerd jokes, the voice acting talent was phenomenal, and ultimately, the overarching message was really heartwarming and positive.
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Re: Lego Movie

Postby CorruptUser » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:53 pm UTC

I originally had no interest in the movie, but the Internet seems to love it. Lot's of lampshading, Morgan Freeman just having fun, etc. Sure it's a giant advertisement, but so was every single 80's show. I might have to check it out.

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Re: Lego Movie

Postby Izawwlgood » Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:13 pm UTC

CorruptUser wrote:I originally had no interest in the movie, but the Internet seems to love it. Lot's of lampshading, Morgan Freeman just having fun, etc. Sure it's a giant advertisement, but so was every single 80's show. I might have to check it out.
Hilariously though, I think it ends up advertising less of any given Lego product, and advocating more for just doing your own thing with Legos. Not *really* a spoiler, but just in case;

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there's a scene when we meet the collective community of 'master builders', and it's a ton of totally random characters that I felt was kind of poking fun at how Lego will make figurines of anyone. The point I felt was to underline the real fun of Legos is building stuff with your imagination (A spaceship piloted by Shaquil O'Neil made out of pink kitty blocks with pirate cannons!) rather than buying a given kit. That also largely ties into the final message of the film.
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Postby KrytenKoro » Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:17 pm UTC

I loved this, even though the main message of the movie is that I, personally, am History's Greatest Monster.

(If it redeems me at all, I routinely break the sets back down and rebuild them with my siblings, I just...don't deviate until I'm down to the spares.)

That emotional punch, though...they don't play on your heartstrings for 90% of the movie, but when they go for it...good lord, they choke the sh** out of 'em. I actually cried a little.

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If anyone's bought the legosets, tho, isn't it kinda ironic how the included instructions aren't just a big middle finger?
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Postby charliepanayi » Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:37 pm UTC

Definitely a lot of delirious fun, especially Will Arnett's Batman and his song during the end credits. Phil Lord and Chris Miller seem to be very good at making fine films out of what sounds unpromising on paper. The only thing I would say is at times there's so much going on it's hard to follow - definitely needs repeat viewings to take in everything.
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Postby Vaniver » Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:28 pm UTC

I enjoyed it immensely. I wish it were easier to find the short version of Everything is Awesome on Youtube, but oh well.
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Re: Lego Movie

Postby Djehutynakht » Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:57 am UTC

KrytenKoro wrote:I loved this, even though the main message of the movie is that I, personally, am History's Greatest Monster.



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As long as you're not supergluing the goddamn pieces together.

Building things "by the book" is relatively okay. Making them stick that way is a huge issue (and, quite frankly, defeats the spirit of a lego.

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Re: Lego Movie

Postby Angua » Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:00 pm UTC

Oh my G-O-S-H that was a lot more awesome than I expected. All the nostalgia. All the references. All the points where I just wanted to hug Emmet and tell him that it would be ok.

I really, really loved the flames.

edit - also, this is awesome
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lipp_BxZpto
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Re: Lego Movie

Postby Izawwlgood » Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:24 pm UTC

Angua wrote:edit - also, this is awesome
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lipp_BxZpto
So awesome
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Re: Lego Movie

Postby Angua » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:56 am UTC

I really need to see this movie again, but I think one of the best touches was
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The whole 1984 vibe given off in Emmet's first scene, down to the watching television and exercise routine. It was just creepy enough, but also played for laughs really well.
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Postby mosc » Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:42 pm UTC

I loved the lego space guy with the old fashioned air tank backpack we all used as jetpacks and the cracked helmet underneath the head. They all cracked so easy, that was a very nice touch.

I wanted to explore that lego town they built in the basement.
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Postby SecondTalon » Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:49 pm UTC

I completely forgot Lego jetpacks actually existed until reading that.

So thanks for the nostalgia hit there, mosc.
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Re: Lego Movie

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:03 pm UTC

Also, yeah, was NOT surprised to see Phil Lord and Christopher Miller at the end of the movie. I've been their biggest fans ever since Clone High, and now I can see their touches in everything they work on.

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Re: Lego Movie

Postby mosc » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:20 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:I completely forgot Lego jetpacks actually existed until reading that.

So thanks for the nostalgia hit there, mosc.

That's all 1990s vintage with helmets that didn't break, moving visors, and actual jetpacks. I'm talking 1979 goodness here people:
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Postby Zarq » Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:02 am UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:SPACESHIP!!!!!!



SPACESHIIIIIP!!!!!!


This movie was the awesomest. Everything is Awesome is so going in my Get Psyched playlist.
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Re: Lego Movie

Postby Lindemannade » Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:24 pm UTC

Well I loved this movie and have of course listened to Everything Is Awesome a few dozen times since. :)
Also that makes it an impressive 3 for 3 from Lord and Miller, roll on 22 Jump Street!

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Re: Lego Movie

Postby Zohar » Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:38 pm UTC

Just came back from it. I don't understand what all the fuss is about. It was funny at points, but mostly it felt pretty bland and uninspiring to me.
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Postby Izawwlgood » Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:24 pm UTC

I felt like the underlying message was 'be creative and use your imagination'. If you don't get excited about a film exploring that concept and having fun with it, I guess this one wasn't for you!
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Re: Lego Movie

Postby Zohar » Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:54 pm UTC

Izawwlgood wrote:I felt like the underlying message was 'be creative and use your imagination'. If you don't get excited about a film exploring that concept and having fun with it, I guess this one wasn't for you!

I didn't find anything wrong with the message of the film, I just thought it wasn't executed very well.
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Re: Lego Movie

Postby Izawwlgood » Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:55 pm UTC

In what ways?
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Re: Lego Movie

Postby Zohar » Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:06 pm UTC

I basically didn't feel it had much charm. To contrast, 21 Jump Street was pretty funny, and while obviously it was an attempt to wrench money out of an old franchise, it was original and had its own reason to be. I liked the premise of the movie, and I even liked the message, although I find it cynical Lego now has "versatile kits" which allow you to create many different things from the same set - kind of defeats the purpose of their message - "We'll tell you how to be creative!". In any case, I didn't feel the movie was sincere. It was constantly jumping between laughing at emotional scenes, and trying to be emotional. The scenes closer to the end (you know the ones I mean, probably) were more effective, but a little strange in the context of the film. I liked them well enough, but overall I just wasn't impressed. It felt too much like a commercial. Which of course it was, but I expected it to disguise it a bit more - I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief.
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Re: Lego Movie

Postby Izawwlgood » Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:25 pm UTC

Zohar wrote: "We'll tell you how to be creative!"
Which is I think is the opposite of what the Lego Movie was saying. I don't think it was a commercial for Lego products, as much as it was a commercial for 'be creative and have fun with Legos'.
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Re: Lego Movie

Postby Zohar » Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:06 pm UTC

Izawwlgood wrote:
Zohar wrote: "We'll tell you how to be creative!"
Which is I think is the opposite of what the Lego Movie was saying. I don't think it was a commercial for Lego products, as much as it was a commercial for 'be creative and have fun with Legos'.

That's the point - Lego took the idea of the movie, and commercialized it with sets that include instructions on how to do multiple things with them. Anyway, that wasn't my point, just a commentary on Lego, not the movie.
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Re: Lego Movie

Postby Vaniver » Sun Apr 27, 2014 12:50 am UTC

Zohar wrote:It felt too much like a commercial. Which of course it was, but I expected it to disguise it a bit more - I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief.
This... reaction confuses me somewhat. Are they supposed to be ashamed that Legos are toys you can buy? Why else would they try to disguise it?
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Postby Zohar » Sun Apr 27, 2014 3:42 pm UTC

Vaniver wrote:
Zohar wrote:It felt too much like a commercial. Which of course it was, but I expected it to disguise it a bit more - I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief.
This... reaction confuses me somewhat. Are they supposed to be ashamed that Legos are toys you can buy? Why else would they try to disguise it?

It felt like a someone was making the movie because they wanted to make money, and then tried to slap on an idea, instead of having a good idea and trying to make a movie around it.
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Re: Lego Movie

Postby Jorpho » Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:47 pm UTC

I, too, did not quite think that the film is worth all the accolades it has been getting. Something about the tone of the ending bit just feels off.

I think I was the only one who laughed at the Fabuland references.

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Postby rmsgrey » Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:20 am UTC

Zohar wrote:
Vaniver wrote:
Zohar wrote:It felt too much like a commercial. Which of course it was, but I expected it to disguise it a bit more - I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief.
This... reaction confuses me somewhat. Are they supposed to be ashamed that Legos are toys you can buy? Why else would they try to disguise it?

It felt like a someone was making the movie because they wanted to make money, and then tried to slap on an idea, instead of having a good idea and trying to make a movie around it.

It felt to me like someone took the LEGO ____ videogames, and made a movie version, without tying it to a particular license.

Kinda like "Let's make 'LEGO Star Wars: the movie', but without the Star Wars bit" - which, as it turned out, was a pretty awesome idea.

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Re: Lego Movie

Postby Jorpho » Wed Apr 30, 2014 5:39 am UTC

Y'know, they did actually make at least one LEGO Star Wars: The Movie. It was a direct-to-DVD release. (And of course they made a bunch of Bionicle movies.)

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Re: Lego Movie

Postby KnightExemplar » Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:36 pm UTC

Its a bit old, but I found a funny comic about the whole situation in the Lego Movie.

http://www.nerdragecomic.com/index.php?date=2014-02-28

Especially since "Lego Movie" packs are now being sold... lol.
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