Posts Tagged ‘Lord of The Rings’

The Lego movie is a CGI film from Warner Brothers based on the toy building blocks of the same name. The story is about a Lego builder man named Emmet who lives a completely ordinary life as a construction worker. He follows his daily instructions on how to live a happy life. His favorite song is the pop hit “Everything is Awesome,” and his favorite TV show is the popular “Where’s my pants?” He works as a construction worker demolishing buildings that aren’t built according to instructions/that are weird, and rebuilding them the right way.

One day he meets a woman named Wyldstyle, and accidentally finds a mythical piece of resistance.The piece of resistance is said to be able to stop President Business, who rules the world they live in. President Business believes in order and everything being in it’s proper place, and secretly has a plan to keep things in permanent order. Wyldstyle and Emmet join the Master Builders, a group of characters that can build anything without needing instructions, and try to stop President Business.

So the central conflict is between structure and spontaneity, however it’s not cut and dry. The disadvantages of 100% spontaneity are hinted at, and Emmet realizes that victory can only come about through a balance between the two. Some interesting philosophy from a movie one can dismiss as a mere toy commercial.

At the end of the movie you find out what’s really going on and it’s very meta. The animation is great and it’s a highly enjoyable movie.

One of the coolest things about the Lego movie is all the licensed characters that appear. Warner Brothers’ DC comics characters appear, Batman having a supporting role. One of the funniest and surprising moments came with the arrival of Star Wars characters Han Solo and Chewbacca in the Millennium Falcon. We see Star Wars characters on screen with DC comics characters, and the crossover potential for future installments is huge. The characters that appear are as follows;

DC comics characters Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern.

Michelangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Gandalf from Lord of the Rings

Dumbledore from Harry Potter

Milhouse from the Simpsons

From history Abraham Lincoln and William Shakespeare

Pop culture, Shaq, the Statue of Liberty

Then there’s more generic characters like Mermaids, Knights, and Cowboys.

Here’s to future installments.

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The Hobbit novel takes place before the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and this film is apparently the first of 3 movies to adapt that specific novel. Here we actually see Bilbo Baggins decide to write the story of the adventure of his youth for the benefit of his nephew Frodo, the hero of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I presume that he is writing this after the events of the trilogy have taken place, and I enjoyed seeing him decide to record this narrative.

60 years prior the Wizard Gandalf recruited a reluctant Bilbo to accompany a group of dwarfs on a quest to regain their lost home from a dragon. The most interesting parts of the narrative involve Bilbo’s reluctance to join the quest, and his eventual reasoning to want to help, along with the dwarfs reluctance to accept Bilbo.

Naturally the imagery looks great and actually makes decent use of 3D effects, unlike almost all other 3D films I saw. The character interactions were more interesting. One character seeks revenge for something, but fails to get his revenge. I thought that was really different and appreciated that.

It does have that trope in the third act of a small group of people fighting this huge army without taking a single casualty and no one (save one character) even gets hurt. During that sequence there was a lot of jumping from platform to platform and lots of spots with ladders and such, and while it was entertaining to watch it almost came off as kind of goofy. It looked like Lord of the Rings meets Looney Tunes. While entertaining it killed the suspense.

I cannot comment on how faithful this movie was to the books. I read the Hobbit once when I was a kid. I will say that, as far as just this one movie goes, there’s one specific character I really think should have died.  

Either way I actually found this film to be more entertaining and in some ways more interesting than the other three. I’ll probably want to check out the next one next year.