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The Buzz:

 

     The evil Mr. Business controls all the lands of LEGO. He is obsessed with order and plans to unleash his devastating weapon The Kragle on the world on Taco Tuesday. However, there is a prophecy that a Master Builder will arise to stop him. In comes Emmet, a construction worker who finds the legendary Piece of Resistance that marks him as the one the prophecy spoke of. 

 

Life of the Party:

 

     I realize that this picture is largely a vehicle with which to sell kids toys. But unlike other such vehicles like Transformers et al, LEGO is a unique product in that even with sets based on existing intellectual properties the core of the product is that it can be whatever you want it to be. LEGO is creativity and imagination in a box. As such adults likely have fond memories of building odd contraptions or towns and imagining your own stories and children are probably still in the process of building those same stories for themselves. The LEGO Movie captures this perfectly and drives that home even more with it’s awesome twist that I won’t spoil. 

 

     In addition to capturing what makes the LEGO product so great, with an all star cast and some fantastic writing it actually manages to be a genuinely good comedy for all ages. It may have some standard plot outlines (that I’ll touch on below), but it breaks it up brilliantly with less predictable punch lines and humorous and creative usage of the idea that there may be something outside the world of LEGO. As a bonus for people like myself they also have numerous cameos by DC Comics heroes and Batman (Will Arnett) is even simultaneously a comedic relief and the muscle of the group. Also the Good Cop/Bad Cop character (Liam Neeson) is one of the best villains ever.

     

It's good to be Batman...

Potential Hangovers:

 

     In some ways The LEGO Movie sticks to standard movie tropes. You have a big bad guy (voiced by Will Ferrell) who plans to control the world while an unlikely hero (voiced by Chris Pratt) who is trained by an underground resistance (Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks) who teach him how to believe in himself to overcome said evil. But as a children’s film I feel like it’s required and therefore excusable. The structure of the film makes it easy for children to understand instead of creating confusing characters with confusing relationships. 

 

FUCK YEAH! TACO TUESDAY!

Atmosphere: (Casual Gathering, Date Night, Family Viewing)

 

      As with any good comedy it’s always best to be able to share the laughs with friends and loved ones. It’s crazy that family films such as this are really starting to be the things I’m most excited for, but they really have been some of the best and funniest written stories in American cinema over the past decade. The LEGO Movie is a truly unique story with a very original idea (even if wrapped with tropes) and that’s just not something you see all the time. It seems like children’s films are as open to possibility and originality as the kids they’re intended for, while people who write more “adult” films become as pigeonholed as the adults who watch them feel in life. 

 

Plus/Minus:

 

+ Creative

+ Funny

+ Inspiring

+ Original

- Fairly standard plot progression

 

Drinking Games:

 

- Every time someone says “special”, drink.

- Whenever an object from the “real world” is shown in the LEGO - world, drink

- Drink whenever Benny says “spaceship”. 

- Finish your drink whenever Green Lantern shows up.

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