A Movie with a Message Worth Seeing – The LEGO Movie

Lego-Movie

Warner Bros. Pictures

As I mentioned in the post [A Must See Movie of 2014 – The Monuments Men] I would be posting a few reviews.  Check out the other reviews by following the links at the end of this post. In this review I will be sharing some thoughts about another new release that came out the weekend of 7-Feb-2014, “The LEGO Movie”.

The LEGO Movie is a computer-animated story that follows a LEGO (registered trademark) dude named Emmet. He is just an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as an extraordinary LEGO dude. Emmet is drafted into a fellowship of outsiders on an epic quest to stop the evil Lord Business. It turns out to be a journey that Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously under prepared for.

In this animated film there are some great voices to listen for and that you will recognize right away. Check out this featurette called “Behind the Bricks” to see how they have some fun with this.  Character voices include Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, and Jonah Hill.  Chris Pratt is perfect to voice the lead, of Emmet, and plays the perfect empty-headed character. Elizabeth Banks plays counter to Pratt as the wise cracking and super confident heroine.  And as the featurette points out Morgan Freeman can read a phone book and make it sound good. In this movie, as LEGO minifigure he delivers his voice performance brilliantly.

This movie is your typical heroes journey, and I don’t care if it is the same old, same old. There is just the right amount of humor for adults and kids. I must say the animation is unreal, I mean it is so unreal I couldn’t tell if the figures were animated using stop motion or if it was CG. It was super awesome animation and I really dug not knowing if they were real LEGO or not. This movie is not heady in any way and that is what makes it so great. It is just a fun movie to watch that doesn’t require any thinking.

You need to know I am a big FAN of LEGO. I used to build and play with them as a kid and into my teens. I am still a fan and I started buying different sets again as an adult. The little twist in this film made me think that I am doing it wrong. I need to take more time to tap into my imagination and really enjoy LEGO again as an adult instead of just building them. There is a message behind this movie as most animated movies have. What was so great about this animated movie is I didn’t care about the hidden message and I will see it again. When this movie comes out on video streaming or DVD I will be renting it so I can catch the little details that I most likely missed.

Bottom lines, if you have kids… go see this movie, if you are a fan of LEGO, go see this movie. As I mentioned before this is not a heady movie and some might even find it a little corny.  I don’t care what those people think. It should not stop you from finding time in your busy schedule to go see this movie.

I give this movie 4 out of 5 metal beards.

As I mentioned above this is one of three movies I saw over the weekend. Check out my review of the classic Kevin Smith joint, ‘DOGMA’ and the new release ‘The Monuments Men’.

A Classic Worth Seeing Again – DOGMA

Dogma

Miramax Films

As I mentioned before in two previous posts (see links below) this is the third review from the movies I watched this weekend. I had some time on my hands, so I decided to see a DVD that a work associate let me barrow. It was a Kevin Smith classic “DOGMA”.

Just in case you have never seen “DOGMA” let me share the following synopsis with you. The eternal war between Good and Evil comes to New Jersey, go figure right; it is a Kevin Smith joint. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck play two fallen angels that attempt to derail the entire cosmological system, unless a shabby group of misfits can stop them from turning the whole apple cart over. It’s up to Bethany, played by Linda Fiorentino, to save the day and keep the fallen angels from entering into heaven through a loophole.

Okay, there is not a lot of new analysis I can add to this movie review. So all I can I really say is I think this is my favorite Kevin Smith movie out of all the things he has done. I like how the story moves along and the fact that I get a bit of education.

I am big George Carlin fan as well. He could be a big part about why I like this movie so much. In addition if you have every listened to our podcasts you probably know that I am a big fan of the movie ‘Vision Quest’. As a young middle school student I had a huge crush on Linda Fiorentino and I that memory is still with me. I think that memory helps provide the soft spot I have for this movie as well.

I watched this movie the same day I saw “The Monuments Men” so it was really weird for me to see Matt Damon without grey in his hair.  I must say his performance in Monuments was a lot more subdued than his hyper active Loki character.

In my mind there are two stand out performances in this movie that keeps me coming back, Salma Hayek and Alan Rickman. When we first meet Rickman’s character, Metatron, I laugh. I don’t know why but that fake mid-section just looks so fake, I can’t help myself. Although Smith had more of a budget for this movie you can still tell the Ken Doll look is not real. As for Hayek, her hot and saucy Serendipity character is intelligent and tough. She was a well proven actress by the time she appeared in DOGMA and that brought some real credit to this movie, at least in my opinion.

If you have not seen this movie, please do. The majority of the humor does not grow old although there are some jokes that are dated, and that is okay. If you have seen this movie before it’s time to see it again.

I give this movie, 4 train rides out of 5.

As I mentioned above this is one of three movies I saw over the weekend. Check out my review of ‘The LEGO Movie’ and ‘The Monuments Men ’.

EftRoU 165: Q and Mike no Square…

While you listen to this week’s episode you will notice that there are only two EftRoU crew members. Square had to take the day off due to a wild weekend in Las Vegas. So Mike and I talk about our top 5 movie characters that we would like to hang with and share some thoughts about the DVD, The Artist.

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Top Five Movie Characters:

A couple of weeks ago we came up with an idea. “What if you had the chance to hang out with any movie character, who would you hang out with and what would you do with them?” We thought it was such a great topic that we are sharing the discussion with you on this very episode. Listen in and find out who we choose. Also tell us who you would hang with. Share it right here on our website or on our FanPage on Facebook.

DV-Debrief:

The Artist on DVD

Weinstein Company – The Artist

For those of you who saw my QQR you know that I saw The Artist on DVD. Well, Mike watched it was well. So, just for you here is our discussion. In case you missed it The Artist, it’s about a silent movie star who struggles with the idea of making talking pictures. But finds a sparks in a young actress by the name of Peppy Miller who lights up talkies like no one else. Find out what we think of this Academy Award winning film. (By the way it’s a silent movie.)

We hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear back from you. Feel free to join the conversation on Facebook or twitter via @entfortherest. You can also find the crew on twitter: Q (@aka_q), Mike (@CB_Robinson) and SquareRoss (@SquareRoss).

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QQR – Review of The Artist on DVD…

In this Q’s Quick Review – Q shares some thoughts about The Artist. Check it out on DVD now. Let us know what you think of this DVD by leaving a comment below.

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EftRoU 164: Square goes to see Brave…

On this weeks show we touch on a couple of feature flicks that are in theaters now. First, Square Ross shares some thoughts about Brave and then Mike and I talk about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Enjoy the conversation and be sure to let us know what you think of these two films.

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 Feature Flick #1:

Brave movie reveiw

Brave from Pixar Animation Studios

In Brave, Merida is a skilled archer & daughter of King Fergus. Bent to form her own path in life, Merida defies custom and inadvertently unleash chaos in the kingdom. When she turns to a Wise Woman for help, she’s granted an ill-fated wish. Listen in as Square tells us why we should, or should not, see this film. Tell us what you think of Brave by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook fan page.

Feature Flick #2:

Movie reveiw of Abraham Lincoln-Vampire Hunter

Twentieth Century Fox – Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

While Square went to go see Brave, Mike and I went to go see a more manly movie, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Based on a novel written by  Seth Grahame-Smith this movie is about President Abraham Lincoln preserving the Union and freeing the slaves. Not in the way that our history books have taught us, but instead Lincoln is motivated to fight against the forces of the undead. As a boy he saw his mother being killed by the hands of vampires. He makes it his life’s work to rid our nation of vampires. Find out if we liked this film and if it’s worth seeing in the theaters.

We hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear back from you. Feel free to join the conversation on Facebook or twitter via @entfortherest. You can also find the crew on twitter: Q (@aka_q), Mike (@CB_Robinson) and SquareRoss (@SquareRoss).

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