Everything Is Awesome – Especially The Hysterical And Touching Lego Movie

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Where you one of the people who contributed to the 69 million dollar box office of The Lego Movie this weekend? I hope you were. Movies are amazingly expensive. The price of tickets and popcorn add up to a pricey outing for any family, but I’m here to tell you that you need to see this movie. I won’t include any major spoilers because I think you should go see this movie, you deserve to, and your kids do too. I can usually say that a lot of kids movies can be saved for a DVD rental – but The Lego Movie isn’t one of these.

It’s worth the price of admission, especially because of the surprising thing that it will make your kids do after seeing it.

The movie is amazingly smart. It’s one of the only kid’s movies that fully appreciate and recognize how smart kids are. There is no lack of bigger themes in this movie, the idea of how anyone, even a seemingly ordinary citizen is capable of being special, how imagination and individuality are awesome, how the power of friendship and working together can be used to overcome obstacles.

It’s incredibly funny, and in order not to disturb my movie neighbors during the viewing I ended up leaving the theater with a painful stitch in my side due to supressing my laughter.   There are so many clever jokes and nods to pop culture and other movies and male/female romantic relationships and I keep thinking back to all of these moments and I know that it’s the sort of movie that will require multiple viewings in order to “get” them all, which won’t be an issue for me because I will also be buying this one on DVD I enjoyed it so much.

Last week Frances Locke spoke about the character of  Wyldstyle and what she thought of the movie after viewing it. I’m sort of surprised that her review wasn’t as amped as mine is. Not only is Wyldstyle a fantastic female character for kids to relate to – there are moments in the movie when you will think back to your own younger self and grimace in regard to a romantic relationship Wyld has with another character who is sort of what you would assume this familiar character would be like as a boyfriend. Sometimes cool guys don’t make the best partners.

One of the most surprising aspects for me, and why I think this movie is totally worth it, as a mom with young kids I have spent a lot of my money on Lego sets. One of the prevalent ideas in the movie is that sometimes it’s better to go against the instructions, and if your kids are like mine once they finish a particularly challenging Lego build they place their construction on a shelf, never to be played with again. The Lego Movie was a happy reminder to my kids about how the only real instructions someone needs to play with Lego are their imaginations. This movie made my kids appreciate their blocks in totally new ways and play with them all over again, even though the instructions are now long lost.

That to me was totally worth the price of admission.

I think it’s one of the best movies, especially a kid’s movie, I have ever seen. It’s smart and sweet and touching and amazingly funny. The animation is fantastic, the voice acting is wonderful, the story is super sweet without being cloying, and there is a moment towards the end that hints at an idea for a sequel involving the toddler version of Lego, Duplo, that any parent will find funny. I’m really hoping it happens.

 

 

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    • Ddaisy

      Aaaaah I want to see this so bad! Yesterday I successfully went to my first (English) movie in Korea, so now that I’ve got it figured out, this one is next on my list!!!

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        I wanna hear your review when you see

    • Emily A.

      Such a fun movie! I loved so hard. And now have a kid shrieking, “Everything is awesome!!” However, I was surprised how many really little kids were there – there were some scary parts. News flash: if your toddler is crying throughout the film, you may want to revisit your movie selection strategy.

      • Emily

        **laughed

    • Moviemama

      I took two of my kids this weekend and I was very disappointed. I even had to play rock, paper, scissors with my husband to see who’d get to take them….we were both wanting to. Alas, I won and we got there 2 hours early (all shows had been sold out) and spent over $50 on refreshments. We were SO excited. And then…nothing. Lame story, lame music (I could murder the guy that wrote ‘Everything is Awesome’), lame movie. Period. I love kids movies and we go to all of them. This was the worst out of the past 10 years…and that’s a bummer because my 7 year old son is ALL about legos. Save your money and watch it on putlocker like we should have.

      (Oh- and I write for our local newspaper and I’ve already dropped an article advising people not to bother).

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        OH man, you need to expound on this please… Like what kids movies have you loved? why did you hate this so much?

      • Moviemama

        Let’s just start with one word: Frozen. Best.movie.ever.made.
        My kids and I have gone to see it 6 times already. We also love all of the Toy Story movies, Tangled, Despicable Me (1 was good, 2 was phenomenal), Megamind, and of course all of the old-school Disney. My older son is also into all of the superhero stuff…Iron Man, Avengers, etc– which I love also. Maybe it’s because we’d been waxing poetic about the Lego Movie for like a year. I just had really high expectations.

      • Moviemama

        Oops…posted before finishing your question. Why did I hate it so much? It was simply a letdown. I don’t hate it, per se. I was disappointed. The only redeeming part was the live-action sequence with Will Ferell. With all the super power and money behind the movie, a script could have been written with a little meat behind it.

      • lin

        Really? I loved it!
        The song is annoying, because it will get stuck in my head, but it was perfect for the movie.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        I love how dumb it is, and especially the part where all the robocops were all “This is my jam..” “This is also my jam..”

      • lin

        Ha – exactly! It is just such a perfectly dumb, but perfectly fitting song

      • CommonSense033

        What a joyless person you must be. I feel VERY sorry for your kids…and your husband!

        Hint: You may want to look at the Lord Business character, then look in the mirror. You apparently don’t understand the message of creativity and nonconformity.

    • Erin

      I’m trying to decide whether to take my four-year-old. My only real concern would be violence. Is there a ton of it? I read there aren’t guns, but that’s not the only kind of violence I try to avoid.

      • lin

        Everything explodes in a funny Simpsons-type way. And there is shooting, it just isn’t overly graphic. Definitely may be scary for some kids, and maybe not okay, if you are trying to avoid all violence

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        I think your kid will be more than fine. It’s not scary at all really. It is loud in parts.

      • Emily A.

        Well, there are laser-blaster-y type guns. I know one 5-year-old who left because he was scared (and he had been so excited for it, too!) and my 6-year-old was scared for a lot of it, until I reminded her of The Secret of All Kid Movies (they turn out well.). My four-year-old wouldn’t have liked it – I don’t actually think he would have found it too scary, but I think that some of the nuances of the humor would have been over his head. Check out what Common Sense Media has to say!