Escape to the Movies: The Lego Movie

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I can't really say I had a favourite Lego set. I mean getting a new set was a blast and they were fun to build, but after a month they got assimilated into the collective box where I had even more fun building my own stuff. So I guess in terms of the movie I'm on Lego Batman's side here!

Ahh, no one makes a glowing review that rings up a film to sound like ecstasy quite like Bob Chipman.

As for the Sonic redesigns...
While Knuckles' overdose on the steroids was a biiit much, I have to say that this new look for the characters is a good direction for the series to go.

But it's just blatantly cashing in on what kids think is cool right now, you might say, to which I respond,

Uh, YEAH. It's Sonic. That's kind of what he was from the beginning.

Sonic's personality, his cast and the world all got a major overhaul around the turn of the millennium with the Sonic Adventure games; with lots of modern anime influences like multi-faceted stories, anthropomorphic animals next to realistic human cities, teenagers and 8-year-olds being part of a Government agency and saving the world, and evolving character arcs that take place over the course of several installments.
This, naturally, was perfect timing for a Western audience that had just gotten into anime more than ever thanks to Pokemon and the like.

Everything about Sonic's personality in the original games could have been scored by Young MC.

Everything about Shadow's personality could have been scored by Nickelback.

So it's only natural that the next upcoming Sonic games and series will reflect and invoke Minecraft, Adventure Time and dubstep.

I liked the Lego Batman movie...
This seems sort of similar, but bigger budget, longer movie, and more thought behind it.
Will watch!

I can not wait to see this tonight, it seems bloddy brilliant.

Trishbot:

What was your favorite Lego set as a kid/adult?


Ah yeah I remember buying this thing with my own money back when I was like 9 ($50 was a lot of money to me back then) such an intricate set with a lot of features, and it has Boba Fett which is a huge plus.

Guffe:
I liked the Lego Batman movie...
This seems sort of similar, but bigger budget, longer movie, and more thought behind it.
Will watch!

The Lego Batman movie was really just Lego splicing together the cut scenes from Tt games Lego Batman 2 game. This was purpose made as a movie. Even more so than their Ninjago or Star Wars TV shows.

faefrost:

Guffe:
I liked the Lego Batman movie...
This seems sort of similar, but bigger budget, longer movie, and more thought behind it.
Will watch!

The Lego Batman movie was really just Lego splicing together the cut scenes from Tt games Lego Batman 2 game. This was purpose made as a movie. Even more so than their Ninjago or Star Wars TV shows.

Didn't know that...

There was 1 hour and 10 minutes of cut scenes in that game!!?!!?!? O.o
Holy shi**

I still enjoyed it :P

All this talk and praise about how the Lego Movie plays around with "expectations", it's kind of a bummer knowing that there's still this one universal expectation that even this film still delivers on with no sign of doing anything different. The guys get to be the heroes who save the day while the women play as sidekicks who are only there to root for them. Judging from the trailers we've seen so far, I'm guessing the film will probably portray Wyldstyle as a competent, head strong person who can hold her own against the odds, but won't be the kind of character who goes through any kind of growth outside of liking the male hero more and leaving everything up to him in order to save the day.

This is the kind of thing that just sets off all kinds of "lazy" alarms when the writers of a movie think that by having a female character kick a lot of ass is all that is needed to qualify her as a "Strong Female Character". Now, I understand how the writers would look at this as an improvement over her being the damsel in distress, but having to tag around with a male hero spouting dialogue like "You're the most important person in the universe" and "I believe in you", there's only one purpose her character was specifically written for. Him.

I'm just tired of seeing this one expectation played straight film after film after film.

Jeyl:
All this talk and praise about how the Lego Movie plays around with "expectations", it's kind of a bummer knowing that there's still this one universal expectation that even this film still delivers on with no sign of doing anything different. The guys get to be the heroes who save the day while the women play as sidekicks who are only there to root for them. Judging from the trailers we've seen so far, I'm guessing the film will probably portray Wyldstyle as a competent, head strong person who can hold her own against the odds, but won't be the kind of character who goes through any kind of growth outside of liking the male hero more and leaving everything up to him in order to save the day.

This is the kind of thing that just sets off all kinds of "lazy" alarms when the writers of a movie think that by having a female character kick a lot of ass is all that is needed to qualify her as a "Strong Female Character". Now, I understand how the writers would look at this as an improvement over her being the damsel in distress, but having to tag around with a male hero spouting dialogue like "You're the most important person in the universe" and "I believe in you", there's only one purpose her character was specifically written for. Him.

I'm just tired of seeing this one expectation played straight film after film after film.

I would actually watch the movie, everything you just said did not happen in the movie. Just watch it and you'll see what happens.

I just knew the LEGO Movie would be awesome and I will see it as soon as possible! I loved LEGOs as a kid and knowing there's a feature-length movie made OF LEGOs is just the tits!
Oh, and Bob, for future reviews, stop reminding us you hate Man of Steel, Amazing Spider-Man, and The Dark Knight Rises. We get it already! It's just time-wasting filler in your videos at this point!

I can't wait to see this....

Buuuuut I have to as it's not out until April in Australia :(

I personally love the new design for Knuckles.

I was hooked on this movie after the first trailer. I've got to see it!

Okay I'll admit I was becoming a bit of a cynical bastard. Reboots, remakes, re-imagination, play it safe, play to the lowest common denominator, don't take a chance that one person in the whole theater will not get it. I was really losing my faith that Hollywood could bring back the stuff that used to make going to the movies such a wonderful thing.

Am I ever glad that people had the balls or I guess it would be the bricks to do this film. Impressive for a production team to remember that art requires risks and the risks pay off well for this movie. I hope it makes so much money the suits slap the next production team that wants to play it too safe.

But beyond just a film it also restores faith that kids will go back to enjoying play in the real world instead of just get stuck in their electronic devices. If the film sparks the imagination of kids then the future is looking pretty good with it saying defy the instructions think outside of the box.

Everything is Awesome.

well ill be damned. when i saw the trailer it looked rather stupid but apparently its not that stupid. shame is that too many cinemas here in hong hong show this movie in cantonese. so maybe i have to wait until its out on dvd as i have to wait now for frozen.

i guess next week its gonna be robocop. im really wonder how this is.

Yes bob we get you did not like the amazing spider-man. Here is gif that shows what you're doing by consistently mentioning your dislike the amazing spider-man.


maybe you should quit mentioning the amazing spider-man until your the amazing spider-man 2 review you will most likely do.

OT
I probably will have to see this movie at some point. Although I don't watch many movies and have still yet to the first hobbit movie. I plan on watch that at some point as well.

Between the movie and that Ninjago Shows on CN. it just shocks me that they are that good!

Okay, I really want to see this movie now. As for my favorite Lego set as a kid? I don't remember having one (though I kinda want to get some Lego sets). I do fondly remember the Bionicle series, though. Hero Factory is okay, it's just not as interesting. Though I bought the bad guy toys because they looked cooler than the ones for the heroes. Then I cannibalized them for my own creations. (And don't try to tell me you didn't do the same thing with those types of buildable figures!)

I actually did exactly what Bob said; watched the first minute of the review, went to see the movie immediately after and then came back to finish the review. So glad that I did. It was amazing, though there were points where my date and I were dying laughing and were the only ones in the theater doing so, so it may not be as funny as I believe it to be.
Also laughed profusely at everything in Cloud Cuckooland, including the TVTropes nod of a title itself.

You might say that everything about this movie just kind of.... clicked.

I'll see myself out.

King Whurdler:

Ruisu:

ShadowRatchet92:
What his problem with the Nolan Batman movies?

Same problem with anything that is not Marvel Studios, not enough silver age, since it's apparently the only valid interpretation for super-heroes that bob can accept as actually good.

That, or he has very legitimate gripes (as do many other people) about Batman's current existence as a brooding, dark, gritty, and kind of bland character that is wholly capable because of reasons.

This is true as well but it's pretty clear that Bob is pretty biased towards Marvel. I mean out of all the shows he chose to do weekly reviews of he picked the incredibly mediocre AoS (no I'm not jumping on the hate bandwagon, I legitimately wanted to like it so I did put up with it for 5 episodes)? Not only that, if I remember correctly, Iron Man 3 was apparently amazing to him. Who knows, maybe he just likes his super hero movies to be lighter in tone but I'm a bit skeptical.

I'm not sure why Bob thinks it's so amazing that they "got away" with releasing this film. Over the last decade, Lego has been completely eager to attach its brand to anything, no matter how good or bad.

For example, Lego tried to develop its own MMO game recently. It was absolutely terrible, and completely flopped. The Lego company just isn't selective as to what they attach their name to. All they want is maximum exposure. Sometimes it results in great things like this film or Lego Star Wars, sometimes it results in flops like the MMO.

I'm not sure what's in the drinking water at Lego HQ lately, but it certainly seems to be turning a nice profit for them - even though I despise how expensive, grossly commercial and non-inoperable modern Lego has become.

RedDeadFred:

This is true as well but it's pretty clear that Bob is pretty biased towards Marvel. I mean out of all the shows he chose to do weekly reviews of he picked the incredibly mediocre AoS (no I'm not jumping on the hate bandwagon, I legitimately wanted to like it so I did put up with it for 5 episodes)? Not only that, if I remember correctly, Iron Man 3 was apparently amazing to him. Who knows, maybe he just likes his super hero movies to be lighter in tone but I'm a bit skeptical.

He fully admits AoS isn't a good show, and talks about it a lot on twitter.

The reason anyone brings up Marvel when talking about Superhero films is that marvel does them correctly, they know when to change things, when to adapt it straight from the comics and when to play it for laughs. Right now nobody is doing it right.

Also, Iron Man 3 was probably the best blockbuster last year, and is definitely one of the best Iron Man films.

Also for the Silver Age comic comment, none of these films are silver age anything, they have more in common with the Ultimate universe than the silver age stuff.

daibakuha:

RedDeadFred:

This is true as well but it's pretty clear that Bob is pretty biased towards Marvel. I mean out of all the shows he chose to do weekly reviews of he picked the incredibly mediocre AoS (no I'm not jumping on the hate bandwagon, I legitimately wanted to like it so I did put up with it for 5 episodes)? Not only that, if I remember correctly, Iron Man 3 was apparently amazing to him. Who knows, maybe he just likes his super hero movies to be lighter in tone but I'm a bit skeptical.

He fully admits AoS isn't a good show, and talks about it a lot on twitter.

The reason anyone brings up Marvel when talking about Superhero films is that marvel does them correctly, they know when to change things, when to adapt it straight from the comics and when to play it for laughs. Right now nobody is doing it right.

Also, Iron Man 3 was probably the best blockbuster last year, and is definitely one of the best Iron Man films.

I know he doesn't think it's a good show, which is why I don't understand why he's doing a weekly article on it. Why not pick something entertaining that people actually want to watch. I like Bob's content so I wish he'd do weekly reviews on higher quality TV shows. The only reason Bob is reviewing it is because Marvel is attached to it.

As for Iron Man 3. Well, it's a matter of opinion I guess so you're right, no sense arguing there. Some people liked it but for me, it's the only movie Marvel has been attached to since Hulk 2003 that I actually disliked (and not it's not because of the Mandarin twist -I thought that was one of the few bright spots).

It's been forever since I watched a movie that I dreaded to see the ending of. A movie so engaging and full of such a rich cast of characters that I never wanted them to stop interacting with each other and get into more misadventures.

This movie did that. When I smelled the end, right when the movie was hitting you with the emotional moment of childlike creativity vs. adult conformity, I really got sad. I wanted the ragtag team to get into more sidetracks and mishaps and prolong the plot for as long as it could, to see every single person interact with everything there could be (every character, all of them were great), but of course it was a kid's show and its half hour was up.

It's only February and I really, really doubt anything can top this movie to size up as my movie of the year. It's by far my favorite 'fun for the whole family' movie, I can't say anything Pixar made can compare to this movie.

And Liam Neeson absolutely nailed the role of Bad Cop, but of course every single character couldn't have been done better.

Trishbot:
What was your favorite Lego set as a kid/adult?

I have two, kinda...


OT: Oh, Bob... I didn't even have to watch your review to know how AWESOME the LEGO movie was going to be... (Although, I kinda had to watch it twice... The first time I was too busy thinking about the awesome LEGO movie to focus on what you were saying in the video...)

TheYellowCellPhone:
It's been forever since I watched a movie that I dreaded to see the ending of. A movie so engaging and full of such a rich cast of characters that I never wanted them to stop interacting with each other and get into more misadventures.

This movie did that. When I smelled the end, right when the movie was hitting you with the emotional moment of childlike creativity vs. adult conformity, I really got sad. I wanted the ragtag team to get into more sidetracks and mishaps and prolong the plot for as long as it could, to see every single person interact with everything there could be (every character, all of them were great), but of course it was a kid's show and its half hour was up.

It's only February and I really, really doubt anything can top this movie to size up as my movie of the year. It's by far my favorite 'fun for the whole family' movie, I can't say anything Pixar made can compare to this movie.

And Liam Neeson absolutely nailed the role of Bad Cop, but of course every single character couldn't have been done better.

Same here... In fact, this movie was, in fact, THE movie

Now, I REALLY want to see it again before I end up buying the "Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack" when it comes out!

Saw this tonight with my two oldest boys (6 and nearly-5), and what a tremendous selection for their first experience in a theater.

I have a bit of a bias towards this, for the same reason I consider Muppet material more immune to criticism than most: Lego has been around long enough to be a permanent fixture in American culture, and like the Muppets, they have opted for a self-referential brand of humor that isn't afraid to be imperfect if it can draw a laugh. Case in point: when the pirate ship is sailing the open (Lego) seas, you hear someone making a motorboat sound with their mouth. It's just the right touch. What for me began in the Lego Star Wars games reached a pinnacle in Ninjago, and brought a lot of hilarity to Yoda Chronicles as well. So naturally I'm going to crack up at 80% of the lines in a movie like this.

In addition, the third-act turn to which Bob is referring took me completely off-stride, though in hindsight one would think it was obvious. But I found it immensely touching, and I am so glad they gave no hint of it in the trailers. I cannot recommend this movie highly enough; it's been a couple years since Pixar had a home run in the way that this Warner creation did (probably Toy Story 3 was the last).

Aardvaarkman:
I'm not sure what's in the drinking water at Lego HQ lately, but it certainly seems to be turning a nice profit for them - even though I despise how expensive, grossly commercial and non-inoperable modern Lego has become.

IMO they're trying to re-orient themselves as a premium brand.

"Premium brand of what?" you say, "only Lego is Lego".

Well, their patent has kind of played itself out in recent court cases, and if you haven't seen them already, start checking out toy store shelves for generic-brand bricks. So basically, you can get Lego Kazad-Dum for 150 bucks, or Generigo Nondescript Fire Truck for $15 (like the Lego ones your family bought for you when you were a kid), and the pieces are for the most part cross-compatible. The generic ones ever so slightly lack the precision fit of Legos, in a way that you can only understand when you build one for yourself, but it's close enough for government work.

And I'm fine with that premium branding, because Lego's efforts have resulted in some of the small joys I listed above.

Tukadian:
Also laughed profusely at everything in Cloud Cuckooland, including the TVTropes nod of a title itself.

Actually, both the TVTropes page and the movie locale are references to a play by Aristophanes.

But yeah, Unikitty was awesome.

TheSchaef:
So basically, you can get Lego Kazad-Dum for 150 bucks, or Generigo Nondescript Fire Truck for $15 (like the Lego ones your family bought for you when you were a kid), and the pieces are for the most part cross-compatible.

I would be very interested to see how close these generic bricks come in fit-and-finish to the original ones.

The current price of Lego-branded bricks is absolutely insane. As much as I love Lego, and have fond memories for it, at this point I don't think it's healthy to encourage kids to use it, given how franchise-y it has become. It seems like the company has outright sold its legacy of creativity to branding tie-ins. It's kind of like the new Barbie or GI Joe. Which was what Lego and Meccano used to stand out from.

So it's basically what Seltzer and Friedberg would create had they any semblance of actual talent rather than copies of Paris Hilton's sex tape where their brains should be?

In all seriousness though, I've heard nothing but good things about this. I definitely plan to see it.

Aardvaarkman:

TheSchaef:
So basically, you can get Lego Kazad-Dum for 150 bucks, or Generigo Nondescript Fire Truck for $15 (like the Lego ones your family bought for you when you were a kid), and the pieces are for the most part cross-compatible.

I would be very interested to see how close these generic bricks come in fit-and-finish to the original ones.

The current price of Lego-branded bricks is absolutely insane. As much as I love Lego, and have fond memories for it, at this point I don't think it's healthy to encourage kids to use it, given how franchise-y it has become. It seems like the company has outright sold its legacy of creativity to branding tie-ins. It's kind of like the new Barbie or GI Joe. Which was what Lego and Meccano used to stand out from.

I'll keep you advised. The son got a Generigo Nondescript Fire Truck for Christmas (hence, my example) and he's big on Legos and not terribly picky about brand. So I'm sure our house will have a mix of bricks in order to let my kids build whatever double-decker couch they like.

TheSchaef:

I'll keep you advised. The son got a Generigo Nondescript Fire Truck for Christmas (hence, my example) and he's big on Legos and not terribly picky about brand. So I'm sure our house will have a mix of bricks in order to let my kids build whatever double-decker couch they like.

You're making the brand up, right? Because if it's actually sold as "Generigo Nondescript Fire Truck," that's freaking awesome. Do you know the movie "Repo Man"?

I was really surprised by how good this actually looked when I saw the trailer.
When I realised it was the same people who did Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, I was sold. Loved that movie!

Even better, hopefully a few of us from this site are going to see it next month for my birthday in York. Looking forward to it :D

It's been 7 months. Almost exactly. Bob...it's been 7 freaking months!

I get it. Superman is an exploration into the fantasy of a truly good person. He saves everyone because he's the pure ideal of it, and the movie went over the top epic in a way that you didn't appreciate because it seemed generic and nonsensical.

Despite this, I love the movie Bob. Love. IT. Warner Bros hasn't released a superhero movie other than batman that has been even remotely good in over 25 years, and Man of Steel was okay. It was better than okay, it was good. It wasn't great, it was rife with problems, it took the material both too seriously and not seriously enough(On one hand everything is epic and everyone is dying, on the other hand, every is okay at the end despite watching whole cities die.)

I get it.

SO SHUT THE FUCK UP ALREADY! WE GET IT! YOU HATE THE MOVIE SO WHY THE FUCK(wish I could emphasize this more) do we STILL have to hear about it! SEVEN! MONTHS!!!

I love watching your movies but more than 80% of what you put out now is seemingly taking needless shots at this movie. JESUS CHRIST! I mean do you not see the irony of pointing out how this movie addresses the misappropriation of fans to properties and you taking yet another cheap shot at a movie you didn't like SEVEN FUCKING MONTHS AGO!?!?!?!

Please...please stop.

MrDumpkins:

I would actually watch the movie, everything you just said did not happen in the movie. Just watch it and you'll see what happens.

Actually, no, what they said kind of did happen. somewhat spoilery discussion:

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