Alright, so I didn’t get a podcast out. As I said, that was a pretty big ‘might’. Things are still going on though. I’m putting up a Pompeii review tonight and I’ve also started work on getting a Kickstarter going for the podcast. The big issue with getting it started was that I needed a subscription with SoundCloud and those aren’t cheap. I’m also going to need some decent sound equipment if it’s going to be any sort of bearable. I also might get some licensed music. I’ll update when that Kickstarter is running.
So today I started work on the bigger picture for The Multiplex. Trust me, I’m all gung ho about just posting stuff here, but my primary goal was to use it as a jumping off point for something entirely different: a podcast. I’ve started listening to the Nerdist and the Bugle (two great podcasts I highly recommend) and it got me thinking that it might be a better suited format to my style. It’s still in it’s early stages but I think it’s going to be pretty interesting.
As for the deets, it’s going to be called Monday Multiplex and I’ll let you figure out when it airs. The goal is a runtime between 30 and 40 minutes and it’ll be broken up into parts. The first is Coming Attractions where I talk about all the news from that week (tied into this will be the Box Office during which I give an overview of the box office standings of the previous weekend), then Special Features where I do a short opinion piece on whatever catches my fancy, and then the Feature Presentation where I review a movie I watched.
I’m in the preproduction phase still, but I’m hoping you’ll check it out when it’s ready.
When I first heard they were doing a Lego movie, I can’t say I was the happiest camper on the campsite. Sure the Lego games have been good for a laugh and a half with a couple of friends, but in recent years the whole Lego… thing, has forgotten what it’s all about: Lego. These days the focus seems to be less on the actually blocks and more so on the off-shoots/cash-ins they seem to be putting more work into than the sets they’re made after. But something caught my eye; it was being penned by the dynamic duo of getting stuff done: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. So far, these guys have yet to let me down. Though short, their filmography consists of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street. If you haven’t seen either of those yet, you better. These guys have an incredible talent at not only being funny as hell, but having an inciteful perspective on the subject matter of their movies. If anyone could understand Lego, it’d be these guys. Then I see the top-notch cast list lead by the ever hilarious Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) and I was pretty much good to go. But did it all pay off?
Of course it did. Don’t be ridiculous.
Lord and Miller have created their best film yet and certainly the best animated film I’ve seen in a very long time. A family film to rival Toy Story, The Lego Movie just seems to get everything right from performances to animation, plot to jokes, and most of all in an intelligent, important message that comes from the very heart of those who played with LEGO for as long as they could remember.
We follow Emmett, a regular construction worker who loves to follow the instructions, as he becomes the object of a prophecy that he is the most important, creative, and all around special person in the universe, destined to stop Evil Lord Business from destroying all creativity in the world. I know, in print it doesn’t seem like anything special. Guy is normal, guy discovers he isn’t normal, guy is special, special guy saves world. A kid could come up with that plot, but in a way that’s the whole point. Lord and Miller took the idea of a movie about Lego to heart as to remind you what it was like being a kid again, playing out your own adventures with the classic blocks and figures. This child’s perspective is the backbone of the film and can be seen and felt throughout. It doesn’t feel like you’re watching a movie made by the people trying to sell you Lego, but instead by those who actually used the stuff.
But it isn’t just nostalgic, it’s smart as hell. The humor is top notch and anyone, young or old, will have no trouble finding things to laugh at. Not to mention flawless delivery by such talents as Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Will Ferrell and Morgan Freeman along with some fantastic camoes I won’t ruin for you. It knows exactly what kids want to laugh at. Adults too. Emmett’s home town is like a self contained satire of modern society, from overpriced coffee to radio stations that only play that one song over and over again. It was flawless.
Australian animation studio Animal Logic provided the simply badass animation for The Lego Movie and they deserve just as much recognition as anyone else does for this film’s success. Everything looks real, as if one of my childhood stop-motion Lego movies got $60 million and Warner Bros. to back it up. Animal Logic just has a lot of fun working around the problems of working with lego people, like what would getting dressed in the morning look like? What about jumping jacks? How would Lego people do jumping jacks? Because they have fun with it though, we have fun too.
All that being said, there is a lot going on at once in there. The plot is moving at a relentless pace and sometimes you miss what these guys are trying to get at, and that really sucks because you really want to listen. It isn’t a major issue though, mostly because it means I’ll have to go and see it again. It seems like one of those movies that benefits from multiple viewings, but I’m yet to find that out for sure.
Really though, the heart of The Lego Movie lies in the message it’s trying to send. It certainly isn’t a simple one, and if you piece it together (lol) I’m sure everyone would take something different out of it. There is a lot to take. But I think the whole point is that people will take what they need to out of it. Miller and Lord got down to what Lego means on a whole other level, and that sounds absolutely ridiculous, but it’s absolutely true. Lego isn’t about following the instructions all the time, but it also is about working together. Lego is about creativity, but you don’t have to be to make something. Nobody’s born special, but anyone can be, and sometimes you just need someone to tell you how important you are. To believe in you. It’s hard to describe, but you’ll understand if you see it and that’s something I can definitely recommend.