Lego: Everything About That Movie is Awesome

Originally written by Zakiya Jackson on February 10, 2014

I’ll join the crowds of people giving The Lego Movie two thumbs up, including famed movie criticRoger Ebert’s reviewer Susan Wloszczyna. It was simply fantastic. And I went into it slightly skeptical. Don’t get me wrong, my brother and I had a legit Lego craze growing up. I even own a cup of Legos now…yeah, if you haven’t been to the Lego store, you don’t know what I’m talking about and that’s okay.

​​On second thought, that might not be okay. You just don’t know what you are missing! Not that I need an excuse, but opportunities to act childish are good for adults sometimes. Play, faith, laugh…like a child…good for the soul. 🙂

​​This kiddo keeps me youthful…and traveling home as often as possible!

Anyways, notwithstanding my appreciation for Legos, I had a hard time picturing how they could be animated in a way that would capture my attention for 90–100 minutes. Well, Z of little faith, Warner Brother’s knocked it out of the park. The movie is hysterical, sharp, interesting and the animation is outstanding. It manages to appeal to both children and adults — which any good animated film will do anyways. I love the way it provides an astute commentary on our society via the hypnotic state of affairs in the life of the protagonist. I’m not going to get into the plot very much, however, cause you can read about it from one of the numerous reviews of the movie in cyberland.

(Also, you can just go see it yourself. Good vs. evil, redemption, etc… you get it.)

Instead I’ll give you my key points.

1. Everything is Awesome. This will make sense when you see the movie. And as the phrase repeats itself over and over and over in your head while you walk out of the theater. The brilliant thing about this is that the statement is true — whether or not you live in a hypnotic state or not. Did you catch that?

2. Believe. I’ll never think of kitties the same again. Or Will Ferrell. 🙂

3. Lady Ninjas are the best. Really — I shoulda pursued lady ninjaness as a career. The awesomeness is unparalleled. I mean what if my secret talent was ninja skills? Talk about beast mode.

Remember Street Fighter? Yeah…this was my favorite move by the awesome Chun-Li. If only… www.fightingstreet.com

​​4. Don’t swallow all your negative feelings — unless you need to be a Lady Ninja and save a bunch of people. Otherwise, it’s makes you creepy and marshmellowy.

5. Nice guys don’t always lose. Although bad boys usually don’t go down without a fight…

6. “I’m Batman.” There may be fewer things cooler than disrupting a group by showing up in a pimp ride and shouting those words. I tried it yesterday in my not-exactly-pimp ’99 Montero Sport…just doesn’t have the same result. 😉

​This is a pimp ride…though I still don’t get why Maserati need a Superbowl commercial. www.motorauthority.com
This is not. This weather makes it decidedly harder to be pimp, in general. 🙂

​7. Don’t buy into the hype. There’s a lot more going on by just getting to know each other.

Numbers 1 and 7 are my favorites…Everything is awesome and don’t buy into the hype.

Except for the hype about this movie. You should totally buy into that. Because then you might understand why and why not everything is awesome. < — — — Important life lesson.

So please, if you have seen the movie or when you do, tell me what you think. What stood out the most to you?

In the meantime,if you have seen the movie, love Adam Sandburg, or actually think everything is awesome, then watch this video…otherwise you will probably regret it. Lego!

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