Thursday, February 6, 2014

Pre-LEGO Movie Thoughts

It's coming. It's almost here. We've been waiting a long time for an official LEGO movie to happen, but tomorrow, The Lego Movie will hit theaters on February 7th. But it doesn't end there: it actually looks good. Like really good. I've been excited for this movie ever since the first trailer came out, and the more material that's been put out, the more excited I get.

If for some reason you don't know the plot for The Lego Movie, here's Wikipedia's basic summary:
"In the Lego universe, an ordinary mini-figure named Emmet is mistaken as being the Special (the greatest Master Builder who can save the Lego universe). With the help of an old wizard named Vitruvius, a tough young woman named Wyldstyle, Batman, Uni-Kitty, Benny, and a pirate named Metalbeard, Emmet will have to unlearn everything he saw in the instructions and discover the power of imagination to defeat the evil tyrant Lord Business, who is bent on destroying the Lego universe on Taco Tuesday and recreating it as he sees fit by gluing it together."

Not only does the premise sound really cool, but the cast is filled with some well-known names. Chris Pratt as Emmet, Elizabeth Banks as Wildstyle, Morgan Freeman as Virtuvius, Will Arnett as Batman, Allison Brie as Uni-Kitty, Liam Neeson as Good Cop/Bad Cop, Will Ferrel as President Business, Nick Offerman as Metal Beard, Charlie Day as Benny, Channing Tatum as Superman, Cobie Smulders as Wonder Woman, and Jonah Hill as Green Lantern. Phew. That's a lot of actors.

And that brings me into my next topic: potential dangers of The Lego Movie. One thing that could hurt this movie is the potential of overcrowding. In many films with a lot of characters, many of them suffer when it comes to distributing screen time. If the whole film focuses on "Oh look it's that famous character! Oh look at that one too!" rather than centralize on Emmet's character and story while pushing the extras slightly to the side, then it might suffer. Another potential danger is the humor. Now, the trailers and released scenes are hilarious, but I'm still afraid that the trailers only show the best parts, leaving nothing left in the movie. Hopefully this isn't the case.

Now, let's talk animation: sadly, this isn't stop-motion. We'd all love to see a real brickfilm on the big screen, but it would take years to pull off. But the folks at Warner Brothers seem to have done a great job making it look like actual stop motion.

Overall, I speak for pretty much everyone when I say I'm extremely excited for this movie. //Chris.W

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