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441. The LEGO Movie

Published July 12, 2014

Background info

Title: The LEGO Movie Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Year: 2014 Run time: 1hr 40m

“The first-ever full-length theatrical LEGO movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO mini figure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.”

Live blog

0:15 - Lego Warner Bros logo! 2:07 - “All this is true, because it rhymes.” 5:35 - I want to be upset at the concept of a $37 coffee, but it is going that way. 5:59 - They are constructing things using the lego manual. Fab. 7:22 - “I think I heard a whoosh.” 13:03 - Don’t like that bit. Poor Emmett. 19:42 - This is massively fast-paced, I love it. 20:22 - “Proper name, place name, back story stuff.” 20:39 - Lego panda! 26:45 - That face thing was actually really sinister. 31:21 - Only Morgan Freeman could make having an empty brain sound like a good thing. 33:42 - Lego pig pigs! 37:32 - The “I’m Batman thing” translates even to lego films. 40:46 - Who knew there was a Lego Milhouse? 43:58 - Worst motivational speech ever. 49:52 - He built the double decker couch! 56:11 - Love that things just keep turning up out of the blue to foil Batman. 1:05:13 - “That’s a bat pun.” 1:09:34 - “99 mississippi, 98 mississippi, and so on.” 1:14:22 - Trusting her because she’s on TV, mmhmm. 1:15:44 - “Freedom Friday! But still on a Tuesday.” 1:19:37 - Accidentally, expertly. 1:21:05 - This is genius, but I don’t actually understand gluing lego bricks together. 1:24:37 - Not so subtle echoes of Matrix here. 1:33:04 - Actual Duplo!

Conclusions

Ooh, such a lot of fun. It was eerily reminiscent of the Pirates vs Scientists film, in that it was non stop from beginning to end. Totally exhausting but absolutely brilliant. It’s the kind of film that’s going to require multiple viewings to make sure we didn’t miss anything.

And the movie itself? A good story, great references, fun dialogue, a worthy moral and… well, and Batman. I’m Batman.

Rating: 55

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