Yep, I'm talking to you the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Where do you get off leaving The Lego Movie, one of the most clever animated films to come along in years, off your list of nominated films?
Oh I know, I know, animated films are usually for children, not adults. But there are always exceptions. I bet lots of adults out there can sing the songs from The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, or Beauty and the Beast, not to mention Frozen. Sure, people see these with their kids - probably over and over and over in some households. And, you know, you pick up stuff...it's not because you WANT to learn these songs...uh huh.
Don't worry, your secret is safe with me.
I digress, don't I always?
Back to The Lego Movie. Sure, children like this movie, because it's cute -But for adult audiences the animation work is wonderful and the voice-over actors are major stars in the industry. Besides, it's got a brash ironic humor that is a hoot.
What a bright, refreshing concept for a movie. The setting and the characters are all made of Legos - you know the building block sets.
The characters' biggest fear? Kragle - I won't reveal what that is in case you haven't seen this gem.
This is a lovely, light, hysterical film that will have you laughing, at NOBODY's expense, I might add.
Although I hate to admit it because this song is one of those that eats into your brain like an Aldebaran blood worm (forgive my Sci-Fi reference.) You will find yourself running over "Everything is Awesome!" again and again in your head. It is a catchy song, though the premise, if taken seriously smacks of dystopian society.
Honestly? It has popped into my mind in the dark times when I'm dealing with my aged parent and everything seems so bleak...Then "Everything is Awesome" appears in my consciousness and I have to smile.
As usual, I have seen very few (ok one) of the Best Picture nominees this year and none of the films nominated for Best Animated Feature.
But I'll tell you something, the latter have to be pretty spectacular to best The Lego Movie. If you like to laugh, check this one out.
My own personal Legos, an homage to my Viking ancestors will promise not to pillage your village...
I call them Sven and Brunhilda - ok, I know Brunhilda is a Teutonic name, but doesn't she look like a Brunhilda to you?
Until next time, embrace the comedic!