This Rotten Week: Predicting The Monuments Men, The Lego Movie and Vampire Academy Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2014-02-03 15:33:35discussion comments
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The Lego Movie
As Little Rotten Week and I sat down in the theater to see Frozen (and right before I fell asleep during Frozen), we got a taste of the trailers for the five-year-old-and-below demographic. Most of it made me want to cry for the future of our children and their impending and inevitable stupidity. But one movie stood out. One movie had the elements of child-centered appeal with adult sensibilities. One movie looked like someone tried to create a movie parents, forced to take their kids to the theaters, could enjoy.

On itís surface, creating The LEGO Movie appears very much the kind of situation in which movie execs sit down in their lair and come up with "ideas" by chucking out the names of famous toy brands and figures. One says, "LEGOs", everyone nods, and six months later some piece of s@#$ comes along that is created solely to get kids buying already overpriced LEGO sets.

But it looks like something better happened here. A minor miracle. This flick might be a cross-pollination of shameless toy-hawking and something people with brains might want to see. Sure it looks silly and stupid, but not necessarily in a bad way. Even the brief trailer highlights moments of wit that will play to a wider audience.

Chris Miller and Phil Lord have some experience taking odd brands and creating watchable, funny and entertaining movies out of concepts that arenít, on the surface, ripe with comedic potential. 21 Jump Street (85%) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball (87%) both scored high with critics because they were silly, with touches of both overt and dry humor. It looks like theyíve done it again, this time with Legos. Iím pumped.The Rotten Watch for The Lego Movie is 78%

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