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For those that have seen The LEGO Movie [SPOILER WARNING]

edited February 10 in Everything else LEGO
The Los Angeles Times published an early review of the movie with some interesting perspective.

With an undercurrent of anti-totalitarianism, a suggestion that big corporations keep us numb with empty entertainment and even self-mocking references to dud Lego products, the film also may be one of the more meta and subversive movies Hollywood has unleashed on the American filmgoing public in recent memory.

Apparently there was some resistance by sponsors.

"We needed to do a lot of reminding with partners that this is a movie so supportive of the brand you can afford to wink at things," [Phil] Lord said. "We felt like, if we couldn't do that kind of thing, it wasn't worth doing a Lego movie."

I'm encouraged that they pushed some boundaries on this and it won't just be pure commercialism. Can't wait to see it.
FrothyCoffeeManTheBigLegoskibluemodern
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  • This is good news, I'm hopefully going to go see it next month when it's out.
  • The trailer shown with the Hobbit was great, hope I get a chance to see it
  • This might be the first time I go to the cinema in 25 years.
  • @FrothyCoffeeMan
    For real?
    You haven't set foot in a cinema for a quarter of a century?! Wow!
    Not that I live at the cinema myself, but I do go to see a movie every now and then.

    Depending on in which country you live, it will premiere on one of the following dates:
    imdb.com/title/tt1490017/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_dt_dt

    Looking forward to this one, though I won't raise my expectations for it too high. Not sure what to expect?

    ps.
    Just out of curiosity, what does everyone usually, drink and/or eat in the cinema where you live?

    In The Netherlands you can also drink beer in the cinema, and in some (art-cinemas) you can eat apple pie, and bring your coffee and tea with you to your seat (and not in some lousy paper cup). And I also been to one once, where they had waitresses walking around all the time to bring you (if you order of course) drinks and food during the film, but that was kind of distracting and annoying, because of all the talking. Don't know if they still do that at that particular cinema? Was maybe already a decade ago. But the chairs were excellent with lots of leg room, and little tables in front of it with little lampshades so you could see your food.

    I also have fond memories of this cinema in Birmingham:
    theelectric.co.uk/
    The only cinema I ever been to where you can request (older) films, and then if you were lucky, and they had the film, or were able to get their hands on a copy, they would schedule them and play them on a certain night for the small crowd of enthusiasts.
  • @FrothyCoffeeMan - Right there with you. I go to the movies maybe once a year now, simply because I can't stand how annoying some people can be in movie theaters. I get much more enjoyment watching films at home.
  • I typically only like going to big movie events on opening night, preferably midnight showings if I can. That is when all the "fans" of the movie are out and typically don't let people act stupid (talk or text on phones). There is nothing better than watching half the theater boo or call some jerk out for taking a call or having the phone out or talking. It keeps people in check. That said, I don't get out to the movies much anymore either. Having a 2 year old takes care of that :)
  • The full (I think) version of Everything Is Awesome has been released! It's self explanatory.

  • Went with my son today to see the movie. Normally I have to have 2-3 shots of something fun to make it thru an animated kids movie and fall asleep for 45 mins or so. This movie I still had my shots but did not fall asleep! Loved the twist at the end. Two thumbs up. Now off to buy my $37 coffee to make it thru the rest of the night :)
    Dougouthscaskey
  • What did everyone think? Did it live up to the recent hype? I was actually a little disappointed that I didn't catch very many AFOL Easter eggs. I kept hoping for a reference to 10179 like in a street address or such. The Star Wars moment, though, was brilliant as was a lot of the superhero stuff. The song is fun. And I really enjoyed how the story unfolded in a macro sense. I also loved the cute ending as well as the ending credit sequences.

    I wonder how many little gems I missed, though.
  • @doriansdad - I moved your comment here to keep spoilers out of the other thread. :o)
  • edited February 8
    I loved the twist at the end, totally makes the movie. The Star Wars scene was great, and I absolutely love angry kitty!
    Also "we are from the planet Duplo..."
    MathBuilderLostInTranslationbluemodern
  • I also liked that they acknowledged Fabuland and Bionicle, along with some other themes. Plus it was nice to see them mention cheese slopes in one scene.
  • I thought the Star Wars moment was the worst scene in the whole movie, actually. Very forced. I also hated how Green Lantern was handled, being a huge GL fan.
    But those are quibbles. Almost everything about the movie was surprising, but my vote for most surprising would be "Batman as you've never seen him before!" It's like they crossed Dark Knight and Adam West. Completely out of left field.
    I agree that the last 30 seconds are one of the most well-conceived, well-executed twists ever. It works on every level.
    The best part of the movie though are the end credits, which I must assume are built with physical legos and animated in stop motion... if I am wrong and those are also CG, I will tunr in my AFOL card.
  • My son never has the patience to sit through the credits, what did I miss?
  • Just some nice stop motion vignettes like in Walle.
  • The kids 3, 4 and 7, 2 girls and 1 boy loved it as did I, the wife was 60/40. It definitely will appeal to most Lego fans and AFOLS will like the twist. I was not expecting the non animated scenes but they made the movie, the theater, which was packed for a 5:15 showing, went quiet when the father was walking down the stairs and during those scenes it hits home!!! I though the Star Wars characters were not needed, though I think Lando was great, hitting on the ladies as usual. It was great to see a good part of the Lego Universe represented, probably due to license issue no Marvel characters were present :-(.

    Over all I give it a B+
  • With the success this movie is going to have, Marvel will be kicking themselves. This might be the boost DC has needed.
    MathBuilder
  • I highly enjoyed the movie. The only part I didn't understand was the glue. No serious Lego collector (the dad) would glue his blocks together. Did anyone else think that was weird? Ironically, the dad also was also upset about the glue on Emmet's back. It seemed like a weird plot conflict, but nothing too serious. The Lego Movie was AWESOME!
    MathBuilderdougtsJoseph
  • With the success this movie is going to have, Marvel will be kicking themselves. This might be the boost DC has needed.

    Marvel (or Disney, as the unfortunate case may be now) actually had nothing to do with Marvel not being in the film. That was a WB call. Additionally, it seems more than a little likely that DC will need a much larger boost than this if they're ever going to be anything but "Batman and his less-ridiculous friends".
  • I think the whole point was that the dad had lost sight of what LEGO is really about. He was negating the essence of LEGO, creative childlike fun. Kragle is the ultimate weapon that will destroy the world by freezing it, rather than melting/vaporizing it.

    What I didn't understand is why the glue exploded. That made no sense at all.
    pharmjod
  • Loved it so hard. Was smiling throughout. Very intelligent production with a heart.
    LostInTranslationhscaskey
  • When the movie ended my 2 year old son said "again" which is "awesome" because that's exactly what I was thinking so we will see this again next week.

    Going into the movie I didn't think id like Lord Business, little did I know he would be the character I'd most identify with (other than the Kragle and not letting his son touch his LEGO). The slight poking of us AFOLs didn't go unnoticed by my wife.

    This movie was so well done, funny, true to LEGO, and beautifully crafted that I'm expecting a sequel.

    I want to see photos of the set of the basement so I can see the MOCs as well as the minifig collection on the wall and the storage system used there.
    LostInTranslationmurphquake
  • edited February 8
    It was great. Very creative and the plot was well written. My favorite character turned out to be Bad Cop/Good Cop almost as soon as I saw his head turn.

    The part with Will Ferrell and his kid towards the end was cool. The movie already had great morals, but I thought it really gave the movie some extra meaning.
  • I have no complaints whatsoever about the film. Well, okay, one: it is a poignant reminder that beneath my cultivated cynicism I am a sappy, sentimental fool who gets misty-eyed as soon as the syrupy music starts.

    "You ARE special, Emmet!" *sob*
    "Dad, shhh! People are staring!"

    Does this mean you are going to change your name to, Bricksappyarmor? LoL
  • BTW: my kids loved Benny this morning they just keep yelling "spaceship, spaceship". They have now also seen the MCD commercial with the Lego Movie cups and that will be in the to do list today.
    margot
  • Fortunately I went at 2PM when only about 20 people were there. It was easy to concentrate on the film and not the audience. Used a free $7.50 TRU pass to pay the $7.25 senior matinee rate. Can't believe movies are so expensive these days…$10.50 at night, who are they kidding?

    Just like when I saw Toy Story 1 and 2, most of the jokes are for adults, and I laughed out very loud….luckily there were about 6 other adults laughing, too, or it would have been awkward because the kids don't catch most of the jokes. But they laugh a lot at other stuff, which was great.

    Morgan Freeman is usually my favorite if he is in a film, and he does it again. Very sad to see what happened to his head, but it did not stop him from talking!

    So much action made my head feel like it was doing 360's, too, and that was one of the coolest actions in the film…so many spinning heads. Really made Liam Neeson's cop come to life. Loved it when he lost his face and drew a new one with a marker.

    Did not expect the scenes with real people at the end…it was a nice ending because most of us AFOLs take a hands off my LEGO approach with our little buggers. Maybe by the age of that kid, they should at least be able to touch them?

    Overall it was quite enjoyable, and the score was a huge plus! Mothersbaugh did a fantastic job with a good mix of tunes.

    Glad that LEGO has gone public finally with a successful, entertaining film that makes us AFOLs seem a bit more normal, not that we care a fig what others think about our addiction.
    margotLostInTranslation
  • I saw the movie late Thursday night, so I could, uh, "preview" it for my sons...
    It was awesome. As an AFOL, it has great appeal. As a kid, it has great appeal. As an average person who isn't into LEGO at all, it will be a good movie, but nothing great in my opinion. A friend of mine (42 yo man) would probably not like it so much, but then again, he's not the target demographic. Kids is the demo and they will like it.
    As an AFOL who has admitted to gluing LEGO (for child safety reasons/birthday treat) the Kragle part really hit home. And I'm definitely guilty of saying this is dad's stuff and that is your stuff. I think I may just have to relent a bit and let the boys play destroy if that's what they want to do.
    Finally, I do now totally understand the crazy sets from the movie, and the ice cream truck has more appeal.
    I dish hope to have seen more Easter eggs, too. We need a thread just for that on here.
  • Ditto on cat poster. I also loved all the mispronunciations. bandaid, q-tip, nail polish, exacto knife.. etc My son pointed out that the cat lady is named Mrs. Scratchen-Post.
    LostInTranslationYellowcastle
  • I have to say my wife loved it. She took the live action part to be quite a dig at AFOLs and was laughing and pointing at me.
    caperberry
  • watched a advance showing this morning and it really lived up to expectations

    there were so many laugh out loud moments but the batman/star wars scene was the best for me

    i never saw the will ferrell bit coming (but i think i'm the only person who watched the sixth sense without guessing the twist) and really thought it worked - however, to me it made afols seem even odder than they are probably perceived but hey-ho

    my four year old son sat largely still through the whole film although with the adverts and trailers it was about 2 hours which it the limit of his concentration

    and also got the two odeon minifigures - robo dj and pyjama emmet - so it was a great morning
  • It was totally brilliant, loved it, loved it! I love Unikitty even more now, I soooooo want to live in Cloud Cuckoo Land where the sun always shines and there are no rules ;-)
    LostInTranslationmargotSirBenAdzbadboy
  • edited February 9
    Actuallly, was it just me or is the movie's main message that AFOLs are basically sad loser bad guys who don't let their kids play with their Lego?

    I think a better ending for the movie would have been for the father to give the kid a sound thrashing for touching his Lego, thus instilling a firm moral message that until you're grown and are earning your own damned money you don't get your sticky mitts on all the really cool stuff...

    edited for content by YC
    hewman
  • Saw it last night with my 11 year old and we both loved it. The sets make alot more sense now and of course he wants them all now! Would love to see it again to catch everything. References and jokes were unending! Glad i didnt hear any spoilers either.. the live action parts were spot on.
  • I took a small group of friends and their kids to see it. Yeah, I'm now Lord Business/The Man Upstairs. I really liked how they went after AFOLs, it made the movie more connectable for me. Overall it was really good. Did anyone else notice in the basement the Death Star and Super Star Destroyer hanging from the ceiling in the background?
    Rainstorm26FollowsClosely
  • My favorite part was the bit with the robots and the photocopier. I'm still chuckling about it! I can't wait to see the movie again!
    StormKittyYellowcastleTheBigLegoski
  • Literally just came out of the movie theater and had to post my thoughts while fresh in my mind.
    Overall, this was a good movie. Not a great movie, but a good one. At least it didn't totally suck as I was fearing.
    What I liked:
    1) The way everything looked like it was made of Lego elements that truly exist.

    2) Batman

    3) Han Solo, Chewie and Lando in theFalcon. (Though I was dissapointed that it wasn't really Harrison Ford because it sure did sound like him.)

    4) All of the other minifigures that appeared.

    5) Will Ferrell's setup at the end. That is my dream basement!

    What I didn't like:
    1) I know it was intentionally supposed to look like actual Lego being used via stop motion but I think it made the movie look like something that should have been made for TV. I was worried that Lego was too small for the big screen and this movie didn't change my mind.

    2)I didn't like how they broke through the third wall and had Emmet arrive in the "real world". I think that made it seem even more like something that was made for TV. And I think the story of the movie actually fell apart (no pun intended) once that happened. (And as has been noted, would an AFOL use KRAGLE in the first place!?)

    Nitpicking:
    1) They showed Lego elements lighting up. Now I know they are trying to reflect the real world, but everything else looked like something that actually existed. Where are the light up elements in the new sets? Another company is making Lego compatible elements that light up so it is possible for Lego to do.

    2)Why couldn't Superman break his Lego handcuffs? They weren't green so they couldn't have been Kryptonite.

    3) I'm wondering if this movie is focused too much for Lego enthusiasts. If I didn't know anything about Lego would this movie keep my interest? And the ending just turned the whole movie into an advertisement for Lego.

    4) I still don't want the Lego movie sets and this movie didn't change my mind.

    As I said earlier, it was a good movie. I don't think it was good enough for the big screen.
  • I really enjoyed the film as a whole, although I did have a few criticisms here and there. Here is my quick review:

    The Good:

    I loved the premise of the film as a whole and the way in which the characters could interact with their environment was perfect in my opinion.

    The characters themselves were excellent for the most part, and I was certainly invested in them.

    The plot was intelligent, and just about everything was tied up nicely.

    It was great to see so many different licenses coming together. I counted Lord of the Rings, DC, The Simpsons, Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, NBA and Harry Potter, but doubtless will have missed some.

    The AFOL jokes were brilliant, particularly the fact that I noticed that the stickers had not been applied to the Palace Cinema set, which was a nice touch!

    The animation was sublime. The ocean in particular was wonderful, and I loved how the more organic shapes like explosions or smoke were created.

    The live action segments were outstanding, particularly comments like "it says ages 7-12...That's just a guideline." Brilliant stuff!

    I liked the character of Bad Cop just as much as I had hoped. Liam Neeson was the standout performer for me, and the idea of a character with a double sided face having a split personality was a creative addition to the plot.

    The ending was perfect, with a great set up for the sequel, although I struggle to see where any great twist would come like in this film. We now know that the events of the film are actually under the control of a live action family, so where can the series go next?

    The Bad:

    Metalbeard's voice actor was not up to scratch in my opinion. He just did not sound like a pirate to me, or not close enough anyway.

    I felt that one or two characters were not really looked at in depth (although the sequel could rectify this). I thought that Unikitty particularly suffered as a result of this, as she did not come across as very interesting in my opinion.

    Occasionally the film felt a little rushed to me, particularly during the first half an hour. Emmet seemed to have found the Piece of Resistance within five minutes of the opening, and I would have prefered a little more exposition.

    I would have liked to see a few more worlds like Pirate's Cove, Viking's Landing and Fabuland.

    Overall, I found it very enjoyable, and can see the appeal to all sorts of audiences, although to AFOLs and kids most of all (as it should be). For me, the in jokes alone balance out the criticisms I have, and the excellent animation and great characterisation (for the most part) only serve to impress me further.
    Yellowcastlesidersdd
  • Did anybody spot the set number on Emmet's "Instructions for Life"? I thought it was #6869... but that would be Quinjet Aeriel Battle, so not much of an Easter Egg?
  • mom and I saw it this afternoon. She enjoyed it but I really didn't care for it that much.

    Don't get me wrong, the graphics of this movie were amazing and there's enough hidden stuff/stuff to see that I could probably watch it 10 times and never catch everything and there are some golden moments(LOVED the construction scene where they are building and singing) but it really feels like they put almost all the effort into the animation/easter eggs/stuff to see and not enough on building a creative plot.

    really? the "movie is just the imagination of someone else" plot? that's the type of plot you could get away with if this was about 10 or 15 years ago or maybe if you think you'll get mostly the "we like the same type of plot over and over again" crew, but it did NOT work for me.

    I was expecting this really epic and creative plot out of the minds of one of the largest toy companies out there, not a been there done that plot. Yea, the plot was ok but after one point, it seemed to just drag on and on.

    do I regret my choice of requesting to go see the movie? judging by the current budget we have for fun stuff combined with a couple other factors, i'll say no I don't regret my choice of requesting to go see it but I won't be in a rush for the sequel.
    chuxtoybox
  • Bad cop in me: I believe there's a saying that a hero is only as good as his villains. The villain should have been way cooler than Lord Business, and I hate the robot characters which actually are one of the reasons I'm turned off to the movie sets. They just make sucky minifigures.

    Good cop in me: Overall this is a good movie that I'm sure most AFOL will enjoy.
  • Too late to edit, but did anyone else see a lego simpsons millhouse figure in the meeting thingy in cloud cuckoo land ?
  • Just saw a little clip of Emmet taking a shower...

    First ever PG rated movie to contain full nudity?!

    :oP
  • Just saw a little clip of Emmet taking a shower...

    First ever PG rated movie to contain full nudity?!

    :oP

    I doubt that it can be counted as nudity when lego shirts and pants have been released in yellow in the past
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