The Lego Movie

February 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Posted in 2014 | Leave a comment
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This is the second time in a row that I feel mislead by Rotten Tomatoes, whose critics gave this film a stellar 96%. However, I found this odd blend of “The Matrix” and “The Princess Bride” to be only okay.  It certainly had its charming moments and its funny moments and its visually beautiful moments but they were all just moments in a film that could also be cloying, a visual blur and a bit dull.  The movie relied much more on rapid “Transformer”-style action sequences than it needed to. I found hard to follow and they slowed the story down.  I was much more interested when the characters were talking.  The dialogue could, at times, be very witty, with clever pop-culture references everywhere. It seems that half of Hollywood wanted to prove they were hip enough to be in this movie (some of them were willing to show up for just 1 line, presumably so that their names could show up in the credits): Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Dave Franco, Shaquille O’Neal, Elizabeth Banks (Effie in all the “Hunger Games” movies), Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”), Alison Brie (“Community”), Nick Offerman (“Parks & Recreation”), Chris Pratt (also “Parks & Rec”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”), Will Forte (“Nebraska” & SNL), Anthony Daniels (yes, the Anthony Daniels who was C3PO), Billy Dee Williams… It is a bit ridiculous. With all of that talent, I might have expected to enjoy myself more.  In the end, it wasn’t a bad movie and I really did laugh a few times.  It’s just really not a 96%.  That’s all I’m saying.

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