The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie

Well it’s been a while since I’ve actually seen a kids movie in theaters primarily because there are none that were released that were actually interesting. Well that is until now. This movie I am reviewing today is a movie that has received almost unanimously positive reviews and you would think at first that the concept would be silly but it is probably one of the most brilliantly executed movies in a good long while. And this movie also marks a milestone for me because this movie is actually not the first movie that I have seen in 3D overall (that honor belongs to Friday the 13th 3D) but this movie marks the first movie released to theaters that I have seen in 3D. So without further ado, here is my review of the movie that has taken the world by storm: The LEGO Movie.

This movie has been in development for several years even though I’m pretty much convinced that this film’s existence is primarily due to the success of shows like Robot Chicken and also due to the success that LEGO has had with its video game adaptations of popular film franchises such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Batman, and Pirates of the Caribbean among others and there are plans to release games based on Ghostbusters (in June) and Back to the Future (next year.)

However, enough said here. Now let’s get on to the movie.

The movie focus on a LEGO minifigure named Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt) who is basically an Average Joe construction worker who isn’t really creative or popular yet maintains an overly optimistic outlook. However, he is soon mistaken to be the man known as the Special who will find the Piece of Resistance which is the key to stopping a weapon that threatens all of LEGO-kind. Opposing him is Lord Business (voiced by Will Ferrell) who is also the president of the dystopian LEGO city that Emmett lives and works in and his right-hand man Good Cop/Bad Cop (voiced by Liam Neeson.) When we first meet Lord Business, he is wearing a headpiece that kind of makes him look like Mola Ram in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and he is seen stealing the secret weapon known as the Kragle which has the ability to freeze all the LEGO figures in place.

Soon Emmett is joined in his quest by a mysterious woman called Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks from The Hunger Games), her boyfriend LEGO Batman (yes, you heard that right. Her boyfriend is LEGO Batman and he’s voiced by Will Arnett who actually does a decent job portraying the LEGO version of the Dark Knight,) a wise blind sage called Vitruvius (voiced by Morgan Freeman) and Princess Uni-Kitty (voiced by Community’s Alison Brie) among countless other.

As far as the pace of the movie goes, there isn’t really a bad thing I can say about this. Pretty much every joke used in the movie works. The 3D effects are pretty good and I also like the effects involving the construction of many various LEGO objects and they put the number of the product right next to the blueprints. I also like the transistions that pop up throughout the movie like for example at the beginning of the movie where Emmett is singing the theme song of the movie he remarks that he could sing that song for hours. Then the caption comes up “Five hours later…” and he’s still singing. The voice acting is pretty decent, especially by Liam Neeson, who sounded like he was having a good time playing the bad guy. And there is a bit of a twist toward the end that I won’t spoil here. And also look for some cleverly-placed cameos from all the characters that LEGO adapted into video game characters, such as LEGO Superman, LEGO Wonder Woman, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and even a cameo by the Millennium Falcon piloted by Han Solo with Lando Calrissian and C3-PO in tow (Note: With the exception of Han Solo, Lando and C3-PO are voiced by the original actors.)

So in short, if you haven’t gotten out to see this movie, you have to see it while it’s still in theaters. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or a kid at heart and don’t let people say that you’re too old for a movie like this. I’m 36 and I enjoyed this movie. I’m glad I went to see it and I’m really proud to say that this is the first movie I saw in 3D in theaters.

So there’s nothing really left to say about The LEGO Movie except that just like the theme song says, “Everything is awesome!”

The Goonies

Goonies never say die!

This review is of one of the most iconic movies to ever come out of the 80’s. And as you know, I am a child of the 80’s. It was the best decade for music, best decade for TV, and the best decade for movies. And a lot of the best movies that Hollywood ever produced came out of the 80’s and today, I am going to review one of those iconic 80’s movies that you may remember seeing as a kid or you may not, but I am pretty sure that everyone has. Ladies and gentlemen, here is my review of The Goonies.

This film, produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Richard Donner, who prior to this movie was only known for directing the first Superman movie and would later go on to direct the Lethal Weapon series, is set in a coastal town in Oregon where a group of kids who call themselves the “Goonies” (so called because the part of town where they live is known as the Goon Docks) stumble upon a treasure map and decide to go on a treasure hunt as part of one last hurrah because all of them are in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure. However, a family of criminals is also hot on the trail of the kids because they want the treasure for themselves. What ensues is an adventure filled with booby traps, danger, excitement and humor that is fun for the whole family.

Also of note is that this movie features some very familiar faces: Sean Astin (who plays Mikey, the leader) before he became a Hobbit; Josh Brolin who would go on to play among other things, former President Bush and most recently a younger version of Tommy Lee Jones in the recent Men in Black III; Corey Feldman (yes, there was a period where he was still a kid); Short Round from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and in defense of Short Round being one of the reasons why people hated that movie, at least he had something to contribute as opposed to Kate Capshaw (whose dialogue in that movie was basically scream, scream, bitch and moan, bitch and moan, scream, scream, scream some more, bitch and moan some more, etc.)  I mean, he does karate in that movie and you gotta give him points for that. Also, Joey Pantoliano is in this movie playing one of the bad guys. How cool is that?

Also of note is that the movie also contains some awesome 80’s music that’s always a plus. The theme song was done by Cyndi Lauper and Spielberg also directed the music video for the movie and several members of the cast also appeared in the video. Again, how cool is that?

But, yeah, I’m a total child of the 80’s. Deal with it.

So there isn’t really much to say about a classic like The Goonies except that it’s awesome. If you grew up with this movie, great. It gives you something else to share with your kids. If not, check it out.