Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The Lego Movie, 2014

 First viewing. On the plane ride home from mom and dad’s.

What I knew about Legos before watching this movie: When I was a child in 1972 I built a bedroom out of legos for my Barbie in a shoe box. I had bricks. Just bricks. No one I knew had anything more than just bricks. By 1979 when the short film Drugs Are Like That came out, there were many more different shapes and kits, but I was a teenager then and didn’t have any younger siblings and never baby sat. I never had kids or friends with kids so my first-hand knowledge stops.

What I knew about the Lego movie: I was vaguely aware there was a lego movie which seemed clear to me was just a two hour long commercial for legos.

What I now know: this is the funniest movie I’ve seen in years and I laughed my head off watching it on the plane heading home. I don’t know if I was just happy to be going home or happy the aircraft had 25 passengers but I started it not knowing at all what it was going to be and I loved it. It’s got layers and jokes almost of Futurama quality. By the time the live-action sequences came on I started remembering reading about people having spent tens of thousands of dollars on lego kits and construction and the movie lost all its charm. But up until then I was completely in love and also the plane was landing any minute and I wanted to look out the window.

Back home now so movies will most likely be on my own unless it’s a watch party, for at least a month until I go back to Arizona. 

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