August 19, 2014

The LEGO Movie (2014)

Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman

The great thing about becoming a parent is that you suddenly feel justified in judging other people's parenting decisions. (Although let's be honest - you judged before you had kids as well.) Let your toddlers watch The LEGO Movie, with it's adult conversational tone and violent (albeit, animated) explosions? Seems questionable, like those parents who let their kids watch SpongeBob Square Pants.

But that's the other thing about becoming a parent - the lack of free time forces you to make decisions you might not otherwise make. Skip bath time one, two, three nights in a row? No biggie. Feed your kids McDonald's chicken nuggets on a non-special occasion just because you're too lazy to make dinner? Vegetables are overrated. Let your kids watch The LEGO Movie with you? Why not? Other people do it...

As it turns out, this movie wasn't totally inappropriate for kids like I thought it would be. I can't imagine why they would enjoy it, since the movie relies heavily on sarcasm and 90's nostalgia, but I guess kids are willing to spend two hours staring at anything that's animated. But seriously, do kids today even know what real legos look like? It feels like all I ever see nowadays are those stupidly large legos for kids who try to swallow everything.

The movie reminded me a bit of Wreck-It Ralph with it's attention to detail of the classic toy, like how the hair of the little people can twist and pop off, or the retro characters from building kits. But as much as I enjoyed Wreck-It Ralph, this movie is even more clever because of its mingling of "real life" items with the cartoon world, such as chewing gum and krazy glue, which are revered as special foreign objects. And while people assume all animated movies are for kids, I appreciated the more adult tone of this film. Though the level of hilarity in this movie, frankly, would be wasted on anyone younger than a pre-teen (or whenever kids can finally understand and use sarcasm.)

If only they hadn't already announced two sequels to it. Sigh.

Final word: It's so enjoyable you almost don't mind that the "Everything is Awesome" song will be stuck in your head for the next four days.

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