Lego my movie ticket

© Warner Brothers

© Warner Brothers

If you build a sequel, I won’t come.

I admit that I wasn’t thrilled about the thought of The Lego Movie when I first heard about it. Then I started reading the reviews and my film student son told me repeatedly to take his Mom and his younger brother to see it. So, I did.

Twenty minutes in I wanted to take a nap.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s cute. It’s well done. It has some very clever moments.

But to me it was fomulaic. It was cliché. I thought the story line fit with some of those Nickelodeon cartoons we watched for years when the boys where growing up.

True the animation is somewhat amazing. But I need the story. And, maybe it is a product of my being old, but visually I can’t handle the crash-bang-smash-em-up graphics.

I understand that I’m in the minority. My wife and son (actually both sons) loved it. The reviews are glowing. The box office receipts are through the roof.

It’s a shame really. After all I remember playing with Legos when they didn’t come with instructions. You got a box of bricks (in limited colors, by the way), and some suggestions on what you could build. But no kit. No movie sets, or characters.

I will say that The Lego Movie has a pretty impressive list of actors providing the voices, including a few surprises. The twist at the end was unique as well. I won’t spoil it. It almost made up for the rest of the movie. Almost.

At least I had popcorn.

 

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