February 2, 2014 at 9:37 pm #138035
I just read the Variety review and it is pretty gushing. This is a movie that I thought was going to be sort of a joke, but it appears (at least by this review) that they built something special.
http://variety.com/2014/film/reviews/film-review-the-lego-movie-1201082797/February 2, 2014 at 9:44 pm #138037
This will either be the greatest movie of all time, or the worst movie of all time.February 2, 2014 at 9:53 pm #138038
I guess it depends on how they construct it and what they use as building blocks. It will either snap together or break apart.February 2, 2014 at 10:52 pm #138039
I’ve read other reviews, and all have so far pointed to ‘The Lego Movie’ being a total winner.February 3, 2014 at 12:29 am #138040
Yeah, going through the reviews I’ve seen a lot of raves (4.5 and 5 stars) and one mixed review. If these keep up, this movie may hit classic Pixar levels of acclaim.February 3, 2014 at 9:34 am #138041
Do we have the early frontrunner for animated feature?February 3, 2014 at 9:54 am #138042
Yeah. Probably helps Pixar’s not in the race this year (though not that it mattered this past year).February 3, 2014 at 11:11 pm #138043
It has an ’85’ so far on metacritic, much more than anyone previously thought it’d have (of course, it only has 6 reviews so far, but two of them are perfect scores of 100 and no scores less than 80). I’m thankful that we’re starting off on a high note after the weak year for animation that was 2013.February 4, 2014 at 3:18 am #138044
The reviews are coming in strong. Probably the key critical point is the favorable comparisons with Toy Story. Warner Bros. Pictures has hit it out of the park… BUT… it is reported that they aren’t using Phil Lord and Chris Miller for a sequel (sort of like Sony Pictures ditched them for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2). Tsk, tsk. In any case, this collaboration is starting to become really impressive: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, LEGO Movie, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I’ll be following their work closely from now on.February 8, 2014 at 10:06 am #138045
This is such a wonderfully clever film. Very funny and also kind of touching. Basically Pixar quality. Recommended, certainly the frontrunner for the Animated Feature Oscar next year.
I never would have guessed when this movie was announced that it would be this good.February 8, 2014 at 11:06 am #138046
Now because this was partially stop motion, what does it make it eligible for?February 8, 2014 at 12:44 pm #138047
I just grabbled a couple of kids in my family this morning
and sat thru this movie..Guys, dont believe what you read.
This is a very tepid film with no real story til it comes together
at the end..the voices are mumbled at best..and the actors
actually have NO emotion in their deliveries…this film is
so over-rated by the reviews I have read so far…the moral
is excellent but the delivery is awful….too many unrelated
characters come together for noise and nonsense…I didnt
like it at all….my 2 charges….a 4 yr old boy and a 7 yr old girl
liked it but hardly understood it….
Even the visuals were amateur…
My rating is ** out of 5February 8, 2014 at 1:54 pm #138048
^I thought it was great, and I couldn’t disagree more on the vocal performances. Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, and Will Arnett are all brilliant. Freeman hasn’t been this loose and funny in years. The smaller supporting roles are also hilarious, with such talents as Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Channing Tatum, and Jonah Hill providing lots of comic energy to their small roles. The animation is very interesting and often beautiful, and the screenplay is very funny. I admit that the film is somewhat messy plot wise, but it serves a purpose, one that is revealed by the end and is surprisingly touching. I’d give it a solid ‘B+’ rating.February 8, 2014 at 2:41 pm #138049
LMAO Fox News is calling this movie “anti-business.”February 8, 2014 at 3:24 pm #138050
This was a brilliant, brilliant film. Ingeniously animated, fantastically directed, FILLED with heart (lots of it) and it communicates a good (albeit cliche) message about self-worth and creativity. The plot is a bit all over the place and the screenplay’s exposition is a little bland but this script is genuinely hilarious and incredibly well-paced. The dialogue is joke-a-minute and it all rushes past you (I’m sure a second viewing will expose many jokes you missed the first time). The mix of superheroes, characters from fantasy movies, characters from TV shows (and the way they were re-characterized in this film) was also another of the screenplay’s great parts.
And I disagree with an above poster’s dismissal of the voice acting 100%. Every actor was perfect for the character they voiced, and it really showed. Chris Pratt was energetic and into it the whole time, he really gave this his all and you could tell he tried hard and had fun with it at the same time. It’s truly incredible how many doors Parks and Rec (which he was initially only supposed to make a guest appearance on) has opened for him. Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett were an inspired pair (and Arnett the perfect voice to mock Bale’s much-maligned Batman voice). And Morgan Freeman hasn’t been this good in any film (live action or animated) in years. And Will Ferrell was fantastic SPOILER as both of his characters. SPOILER
The real standout was Liam Neeson whose comic timing was spot-on and successfully played his “badass old guy” persona for laughs.
(only read this next part if you have seen the film or don’t plan on seeing it/are okay with spoilers)
Will this be eligible for Best Animated Feature? I know that there are certain rules about animated films with live-action sequences, and there’s a huge chunk of this movie that’s in live-action.
(end spoiler section)
I give this film a 100/100, I am willing to forgive the messy plot because of how great the script is otherwise. The best movie of 2014 so far, which is surprising since we usually have to wait until May (sometimes late March if we’re lucky) for the year’s first great movie.
Oh, and if any animated film deserves a Best Production Design nomination, it’s this one.
Possible Oscar nominations:
Original Song (“Everything is Awesome”)
Best Production Design
Best Sound Mixing