Two Dudes, One Film: “The Lego Movie”

Kyle Behnke

Kbehn697@uwsp.edu

Will Rossmiller

Wross460@uwsp.edu

Movies can be viewed in many ways. One view is from a consumer standpoint and another is from a more technical standpoint, like that of a filmmaker.

For these film reviews we will analyze movies from both perspectives in order to give an in-depth look at the world of cinema.

Photo courtesy of Collider.com

Photo courtesy of Collider.com

This week we will be reviewing “The Lego Movie,” directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“21 Jump Street”). The movie features an ensemble cast with Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan and Chris Pratt, among others.

The story follows Emmet, voiced by Pratt, as he tries to save the Lego world from President Business, voiced by Farrell.

When a story’s main subject is focused around Legos, it brings a bright and vibrant color pallet.

We saw this movie in 3-D, which we felt brought depth and life to an otherwise inanimate object.  With 3-D comes stereotypical effects and gimmicks such as objects popping out at the viewer.

“The Lego Movie” did the exact opposite. It utilized this technology to its advantage without it becoming blatantly obvious to the audience.

With the title of the movie comes certain stipulations, viewers can expect everything to be made out of Lego. However, they use this ploy in a very creative and clever way, such as explosions, water, and clouds, among others.

The music of the film was like a typical child’s movie– catchy and upbeat. This added to the excitement and cheerful tone of the film.

There are many big names attached to this movie, but each voice actor played a character outside of their normal realm.  We had no idea which actors were attached to each character within the story.

The main exception to this rule would be Morgan Freeman’s character. He plays almost a godly figure, which brings us back to “Bruce Almighty.”

The writing in this movie was not what one would normally expect. It was funny on multiple levels. Lord and Miller provided laughs for all ages, even adults.

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Photo courtesy of Flickr.com

This was not like a typical children’s film. It was a genuinely smart comedy for adults and provided slapstick humor for the younger age demographic.

The main reason we think this movie is worth seeing would be its nostalgia factor. Most adults had or know what Legos are and the film transports you back to your childhood with one of your favorite toys.

The emotional value was equal across the board for all viewers who grew up with Legos.

We both agreed with audience and critic’s opinions regarding this film.  We both felt reluctant to see the film due to the possible plot deficiencies, but we both came out pleasantly surprised.

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