“The Lego Movie” 3D: Was OK, Kind Of Cute, Some Clever Parts BUT, Alas, Disappointing Overall.
by Anura Guruge
>> Two other Lego movies
>> — Feb. 6, 2014.
To say that I love Lego wouldn’t come close to capturing my 22 year relationship with these magical blogs. I am pretty close to the Will Ferrell character ‘The Man Upstairs‘ when it comes to my commitment to this amazing franchise though I would consider it sacrilegious to use Krazy Glue (Kragle) on Legos and I am known to encourage to kids to do their own thing with THEIR Legos (bar the Lego Architecture models that become part of MY collection once Devanee builds them). On the way back from the movie I worked out that I spent over $450 on Lego, just for the two kids, this last Christmas. Hate to think how much I have spent on Legos over the last 22 years. So, Lego doesn’t have to do much to win me over and have me as a fan.
So, that I was disappointed with the movie means that they have to have fallen short somewhere.
To make this easy for all let me start with a few bullets so I can easily emphasize the main points as I see them:
>> It was not a ‘Toy Story‘ or ‘Ice Age‘. Certainly not a classic. ‘Puss In Boots’ (2011) kicked this in to oblivion. That was my biggest disappointment. There was no facet of this 3D movie that was superior to those that had come before it in the last few years, even ‘The Lorax” (2012). I think, thanks to Pixar, we have to expect each new computer animated movie to break new ground in terms of the WOW factor. This movie didn’t. Actually there was, in my opinion, no WOW to it at all! Sorry.
>> Lego ‘Friends‘, probably THE most popular Lego product right now with the girls, did NOT get a looking. That was BAD. I actually, having bought about 10 of the BIG sets, think it is one of their cleverer product lines. IF they had ‘Friends’ we missed it — and that is unlikely since Teischan is a ‘Friends’ expert.
>> Too much gratuitous violence! I don’t associate destroying people with Lego. That was pretty poor.
>> The motivational and inspirational messages in the movie are ‘good’ BUT are too forced and as such come across lame.
>> Loved ‘piece de resistance‘ and ‘Kragle’ — BUT, alas, those were the two cleverest bits in the movie — the distant third being the poking of fun at Duplo at the very end.
Teischan liked it but I don’t think she was that impressed. I am glad we went to the cheaper matinee (because of our schedule) as opposed to a full-price show since I would have been even more dissapointed if I had paid more to see it.
I hear that they are already talking about a sequel. We will not be going to see that. That said, given my commitment to Lego, I have already started collecting the McDonald’s ‘Lego Movie’ holographic cups. Got two already today!
So here is my take. IF you are into Lego you have no choice: you have to watch this. Don’t pay the extra for the 3D. The 3D isn’t great. Have a feeling that this movie will appeal MOST to 10 to 11 year old boys. That is a shame. I have 3 daughters who all love or loved Lego. They screwed up with this movie BUT they are laughing all the way to the bank. C’est la vie.