Thursday, February 27, 2014

Di's Dish: The Lego Movie Builds "Block" Buster Momentum as Word Spreads It's Great Fun For the Whole Family

Di Reviews The Lego Movie. The Lego Movie has passed up 150 million domestically and over 200 million worldwide. The sequel has already been planned with a release date of May 26, 2017.

What do you get when you combine inventiveness, creativity, dry humor, a plot twist and a great message? You get the delightful Lego Movie.

Like many parents, I’ve spent countless hours over the years building and disassembling Lego sets with my kids. So I wondered…..was the movie going to be a venture into a nightmarish instruction booklet with robotic characters and a “let’s make it up as we go along” story line? Or was it going to be an assembly of familiar bricks and minifigures merging together to capture and retain the audiences’ attention? Unexpectedly, it was most definitely the latter.

I’m going to forego the usual retelling of the story. I decided to see it just as a child would – without any advance knowledge of what would be contained inside the one hour and forty minutes. And I’m glad that I did! It added an element of surprise to the viewing experience.

What I will tell you is that my 10 year old son and I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It has action, suspense, laugh out loud moments, lovable characters, bad guys, superheroes and of course, Legos! There are many scenes in the movie that are fun and fast
paced, along with quick dialogue and visual humor and references. This prompted a terrific post-movie discussion between my son and me in the form of “did you notice this,” “did you catch that?” I’m sure we missed many details as first time viewers, which makes the Lego movie a shoe-in for a slot in our DVD collection.

This movie is not just for 10 year old boys. Boys and girls of all ages can enjoy it. It doesn’t talk down to kids, and therefore all age groups can extract something from it (including adults!). It kept my attention so well, I didn’t notice until the closing credits that my toes were frozen from sitting in the 55 degree theater with broken heat!

For pure entertainment, go see the Lego movie. For a bonding experience, bring your children and talk and laugh about it afterward over hot chocolate. You’ll be adding to your treasure trove of memories as a parent, brick by brick.

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