Movie Review: The Lego Movie (2014)

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I grew up playing a lot with lego. I didn’t always know what the hell I was doing, but I had a lot of fun. Most times I honestly improvised and built random things. One time when I was like 11 or 12 I was just bored one day and somehow managed to build a big star destoyer (Star Wars) looking thing. I was proud of it… and then a few days later it fell off the shelf and turned into a million pieces. But my childhood is not important right now! What is important is the fact that in 2014 there was an upcoming movie about Lego stuff. It seemed like an interesting cashgrab idea. To be honest I was really skeptical about it at first, but then the trailer dropped and it looked awesome. So now I am finally reviewing it. So how is it? Is it simply a boring cashgrab or is it a pretty awesome animation?

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Lego Movie”.

This movie follows Lego minifigure Emmet (Chris Pratt). He is just another guy in the crowd. But one day he happens to fall onto a “Piece of Resistance” which apparently is a sign that means he is the “Special One” who will stop the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell) from gluing together everything in the world. But Emmet isn’t alone! He gets help from badass chick Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), pirate Metal Beard (Nick Offerman) and Old Wise guy Vitruvius (God, er I mean Morgan Freeman). At first the story only seems silly, but as it goes on it adds layers and turns out to be a pretty clever story with some genuinely heartfelt moments. I was surprised with just how clever and even thought provoking it could become. But i really liked it. The only weird thing is that there were some (in my opinion) really weird shifts of tone in the movie. Those dragged everything down a little bit, but not too much.

The characters in this movie are so unique and varied that it’s crazy. I absolutely loved it. Emmet himself is this regular type of guy who gets dragged into all these crazy adventures, so I liked the fact that Chris Pratt voiced him since he really got the sort of “Normal Guy” voice (if that makes sense). I am not going to go through with every character because that would take too long. I will however mention that I found one character surprisingly awesome; Bad Cop/Good Cop (Liam Neeson). He had awesome dialogue (like everyone else) but also really got some really good slapstick when it was needed. I was also surprised at how great Liam Neeson portrayed him in the movie. I know the guy is a great actor, but lending his voice to a kids movie… damn. Overall, all the characters were great and well-acted.

The soundtrack in this movie is pretty great. Since this movie is set a little all over the place, I was glad to hear that they could capture the feel of every location with the music. Want good Wild West music? Got it! Good action music? Boom! This movie got some great pieces of music. And I guess I have to give my two cents on the very popular song “Everything is Awesome” from the movie. It is pretty cool, actually. Not my favorite song in the whole wide world, but it was definitely good.

Since this is an animated movie I will have to talk about the animation in it’s very own segment because that’s how I roll. The animation in the movie is really great! And here is the charming thing about it: It is completely CGI but looks like stop motion animation. Everything looks like Lego, but was made in a computer… how crazy is that!? It all looks fantastic and it gives the movie some much appreciated personality. Everything looks like Lego, nothing looks like added CG, everything is Lego!

Since this is a comedy, is it funny? Yes it definitely is! the comedy is fast-paced and clever… which is why the kids won’t get it. There are a lot of jokes that they will not get, but the adults will probably laugh their asses off at. But kids will laugh at a lot of the slapstick in the movie and also look at all the pretty colors and explosions. This is also a parody of all typical “The prophecy says you are the chosen one” “No I’m not” movies and it does it gloriously. It was also fantastic to see all these characters you recognize from all over the place converge on one place and just… AWWW!

Is this movie well-received? Oh yes! On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 96% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has an 83/100 rating. And on imdb.com it has a 7,9/10. The movie is also (at the time of this review) nominated for 1 Oscar in the category of Best Original Song (Everything is Awesome). What? No best animated feature nomniaton? That’s odd.

“The Lego Movie” is clever, hilarious, well-acted, beautifully animated and really charming but is dragged down a little bit by weird shifts in tone. So now I am finally gonna give you my final score. No, Vitruvius, I am over here! OVER HERE! No, not the plant! Finally, thank you! My final score for “The Lego Movie” is a 9,42/10. It is definitely worth buying!
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Review of “The Lego Movie” is now done.

Everything is awesome…

Movie Review: Home Alone (1990)

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And the christmas reviews are continuing today with one of my childhood favorites, maybe it is one of yours as well, I don’t know. But will it hold up? Let’s find out!

Boys and girls… “Home Alone”

Kevin McCallister (Macauley Culkin) is not too happy with his incredibly dysfunctional family. They are all under huge stress because they will be going to Paris. Problem is that when they go to Paris they realize something… they forgot Kevin. So now he has to take care of himself while also trying to stop two burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) who want to steal all his and his family’s shit. You also have a side-plot going on where Kevin’s mom (Catherine O’Hara) is trying to get back home to Kevin. This story is very entertaining in premise and execution. Yes, a lot of it is very unrealistic and often makes little to no sense, but it still got a lot of comedic and charming moments to keep it going well.

Do you expect Oscar-worthy performances from this movie then you are sorely mistaken, my friend. The acting is average, but it doesn’t need to be more than that. I suppose the best performances in the movie might come from Roberts Blossom and Catherine O’Hara, but they are still nothing too special. And a lot of the characters in writing and style are just plain out assholes… I am not sugarcoating it, they are assholes. I guess that is part of the story and therefore works, but it just bugs me because I am a generally nice guy. But overall, characters and acting works.

I don’t really have to say what I think about the music because it should be obvious since it was composed by none other than the legendary John Williams. Yes, I love the music in the movie and there is nothing more to it. John Williams’ music is always great.

Camera work and cinematography (while not bad) is nothing special. Don’t bother focusing on that. The real cream-of-the-crop stuff here is the slapstick comedy you get… it is fucking glorious. As a fan of slapstick comedy I was happy to see that it actually was really fun and entertaining in this movie.

Time to see how people responded to this! Let’s see here… ah, here we go! On Rotten Tomatoes it got a 54% positive rating. On Metacritic this movie got a score of 63/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 2,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it got a 7,4/10. The movie was also nominated for 2 Academy Awards in teh categories of Best Original Song (Somehwere in my memory), and best original Score (John Williams).

As a huge fan of slapstick comedy, this movie gave me good entertainment. As a heartwarming christmas story, it worked. And with the great score by John Williams I am finally able to give my final score to “Home Alone”. My final score for “Home Alone” is an 8,96/10. And while it doesn’t hold up as well as it did years ago, I still think it is a great movie and worth buying!
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“Home Alone” is now reviewed.

I guess it’s winter now. So just… Let it snow!

Movie Review: Primal Fear (1996)

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I love crime-based movies. The fun thing about it is how wide it can actually be. Crime/drama, crime-trhiller, crime-comedy, the list goes on. I even like the thing that relates to the crime genre simply known as “Legal Dramas”. I know those are not for everyone, but I can enjoy them (If they’re good). And then I find this legal drama starring Richard Gere and my favorite actor Edward Norton. So indeed I was kind of interested… even though this was quite a while before I realized Ed Norton was my favorite actor. I think I heard about this movie in like January of 2013, and it’s been on my watchlist even since. But now I finally sat down to watch it. So what did I think about the movie? Well stay to find out!

Ladies and gentlemen… “Primal Fear”

This movie is based on the book with the same name by William Diehl and is about defense attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere) who takes on the job to be the attorney of altar boy Aaron Stampler (Edward Norton) who has been accused of murdering archbishop Rushman (Stanley Anderson). But this movie is a bit more deep than that and doesn’t simply rely on CSI techniques and legal bullshit, oh no. There is so much more to this story than meets the eye… problem is I can’t talk about them since I don’t spoil in my reviews. But while the story in premise was pretty straight forward, the execution and general final product was pretty cool. Not saying it was without it’s flaws however. There are a few things in a sort of side-plot with Martin and one of his personal vendettas that didn’t really interest me too much, but that is not the important stuff. But the story was overall good.

I am going to be completely honest… I did not like all the characters too much. Sure the main protagonist Martin was kind of likeable but he was still a not too interesting jerk. But I was on the other hand intrigued as hell by the character of Aaron Stampler (Norton). Not only was it hightened by Norton’s great performance, but I always felt something was up with him… especially as you get deeper into the plot and further into the movie. I am not saying why if you haven’t seen, but I promise you will also be pretty intrigued. Overall the characters were good but forgettable, except for Aaron.

The music, while nothing special, was pretty good. As you may expect from this type of movie there were a few licensed tracks in it, but there was also an original score by James Newton Howard. And the original score was pretty good, if a little generic. But I did think all the music worked for the movie as a whole.

The camera work in this movie is nothing special, that is the truth. Not saying it was bad, just saying it wasn’t revolutionary or even great to be honest. And speaking of great stuff (not too clever segue, I know), I fucking loved the ending. I thought it was pretty clever how it was set up and delivered, good job movie. I am of course not gonna spoil the edning for you guys because that would be so incredibly rude. But I can at least mention that how it concluded left a small amount to interpretation in what would happen next, and I really liked that about the movie. Great job, movie!

So how was this movie when it comes to the reception? Well as far as I could find out, people enjoyed it. The main factor that people were praising was Edward Norton’s performance (I don’t blame them). On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 74% positive rating. On Metacritic it has the fairly low score of 47/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3,5/4 stars and had this little thing to say;

“the plot is as good as crime procedurals get, but the movie is really better than its plot because of the three-dimensional characters,”

On imdb.com this movie has a score of 7,7/10. It was also nominated for One Oscar in the category of Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton). The nomination does not surprise me to be completely honest… just saying.

This movie has a good plot, decent characters, good music, a really cool ending and a phenomenal perforamnce by Edward Norton. So it is time for the final score. And my final score for “Primal Fear” is an 8,78/10. So I think this movie is worth buying (But it’s not mandatory).
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Review for “Primal Fear” is now done.

“Well how the fuck should I know!?”