While average comedies tend to get stale with multiple viewings, as the jokes that were once hilarious eventually grow tired, the mark of a great comedy is when you can revisit it multiple times and always walk away laughing and discovering something new. It’s a sign that directors and writers are thinking about the material on more than just one level, and the finished product always winds up being more rewarding as a result. Some of the best modern examples of this can be found on both television (Community, Arrested Development) and on the big screen (any movie made by Edgar Wright), but the latest great example landed in theaters just this past weekend.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The LEGO Movie is an absolute triumph in every way, as it succeeds in being a fun, hilarious adventure as well as an ode to the creative spirit. But perhaps the most impressive thing about it is its layers. Not only is every scene perfectly funny or dramatic on the surface, but there are also some incredibly smart and clever things always going on in the background that you only begin to notice after a first viewing. This past weekend I took some time to try and find as many of them as I could.
I first had the chance to see The LEGO Movie a few weeks ago in advance of my interview with the directors, but on Sunday I went to my local theater to see the film again to try and pick up on some of the coolest details that some members of the audience may not notice the first time around. What did I find? Read on to find out!
WARNING: This is a very spoiler-heavy article, so if you haven’t seenThe LEGO Movie yet you might want to click away!
DC Comics’ The Flash Is In The Movie, TooBatman (played by Will Arnett) plays a major role in The LEGO Movie, while Cobie Smulders and 21 Jump Street’s Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum voice Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Superman, respectively, in bit roles. But there is actually one more DC Comics superhero that shows up in the film. If you watch closely during the Metalbeard flashback, you can see that The Flash was actually part of the pirate’s gang that failed to invade the Octan tower.
Words In The Sky Don’t Just Go AwayWhen Emmet and Wyldstyle first arrive in The Old West the name of the territory appears to them in giant block letters floating in the sky. It’s a humorous little joke that only very cartoony movies can pull off, but what adds a layer to it is that the words don’t disappear immediately. As Emmet and Wyldstyle keep walking towards town, if you keep looking to the sky you’ll notice that the letters remain suspended in the air.