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Regarding the Lego Movie, I said:

 

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Lego Movie - very disappointed. No story or characters (which fits with later developments but still doesn't make for a good movie), and the humour feels more like a bunch of Youtube videos stitched together than a feature comedy. It has a lot of muddled themes and descends into mawkishness at the end. It reminded me of the equally-mawkish Toy Story 2: that film tells us that a rare toy should not be displayed in a museum; this one (after a lot of confusion) tells us that if you want to enjoy Lego in a less imaginative way, you are doing it wrong.
 
It generally looked nice, though the 3D was barely existent, and the action was messily directed. It did look gorgeous when they were doing big water or explosion effects.

 

(if you do a search for "lego" in this board, you'll find a bunch of other, mostly positive opinions)

 

I watched the Lego Batman Movie and enjoyed it a lot more. Funny, a solid story and actually quite touching.

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Lego Movie had some fun bits for me, but overall it was a mediocre mashup of a lot of ip and Lego mixed together in a weakish plot.

 

Lego Batman movie was also having some fun bits, but I got also the feeling that the end side of it was quite messy and did not flow so well. But the first half of the movie was awesome.

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Next up: the goddamn Ninjago movie. Which has at least going for it that it has this amazing (and expensive) set coming out soon:

 

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Trailers are out for the sequel. Interestingly, (spoilers for stuff in this trailer)

 

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they're fully lampshading the 'male chosen one gets to be the hero even though they're less proficient at everything than the lead female character' trope that showed up in the first movie. (However, this directly leads to her being a damsel in distress, so...)


 

 

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Funny, at the time I felt they were rushing these Lego movies, but I see that the first one was released in 2014. Doesn't feel rushed that they're releasing a sequel now.

 

I have reservations, though. Putting Beastie Boys in your trailers feels way too obvious - why not go with Who Let The Dogs Out and be done with it entirely? I like the Chris Pratt in-joke, though the big 'laughter -> I don't get it' zinger is again used before and not actually a joke. Eh, we'll see.

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I said this in the Slack, but I feel like I can predict the arc of this movie based mostly on the way the first one's metaphor worked - not just the obvious conflict, but a lot of the themes.

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