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Okay, so here’s the thing about me and movies: I’m extremely picky about what I will and will not watch. This is especially true with comedy films (I’m especially wary of encountering what I like to call “stupid comedy”, those films that are full of really bad/raunchy jokes and minimal plot).
And, to be perfectly honest, when I saw the first trailer for The LEGO Movie, I thought it was the dumbest thing I’d ever seen. I loved LEGOs when I was a kid, but I didn’t think a concept involving building blocks could carry a whole film. It also didn’t help that a lot of the best parts didn’t show up in any of the previews. So, needless to say, when the movie came out, I ignored it (despite the stellar reviews that immediately followed).
This went on for several months until the university happened to be showing the film for free one night (they have a Late Night Film Series every semester where we can watch recent films for free, which is pretty cool) and I decided to go ahead and give it a shot (since it was free after all). I went in telling myself that if it was really bad, I could always duck out and leave early.
But once the movie started, the craziest thing happened…I couldn’t stop laughing!! Far from hating it, The LEGO Movie turned out to be one of the funniest movies I’d ever seen! I loved all the pop culture references (the Star Wars cameo still makes me laugh), the LEGO sets are out of this world and, it turns out the film has a surprisingly deep message attached to it (something I would have NEVER guessed in a million years).
In brief: The LEGO Movie is set in the city of Bricksburg where Emmet (Chris Pratt) lives while he goes about his heavily regulated life as a construction worker. There are rules for everything: you do this at a certain time, you go here at a certain time, life is pretty much a Big Brother-like dystopia except all of the inhabitants seem to be oblivious. But one day…Emmet spots a strange girl digging around the construction site after hours and while trying to follow her, stumbles across the legendary “Piece of Resistance” that will supposedly neutralize Lord Business’s greatest weapon…the Kraggle (i.e. Krazy Glue). From there, Emmet is whisked off on a mindbending adventure (he even meets Batman!!) and ultimately grows into a real hero. And did I mention it has a mind-blowing twist in the third act?
I still watch The LEGO Movie whenever I need cheering up, and I’m impatiently waiting for the sequel to come out.
What did you guys think of The LEGO Movie? Let me know in the comments below!
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