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The_Lego_Movie_posterWhat’s it all about?

An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.

Eternal stasis. Not a phrase you expect to see in the synopsis of a kids’ movie, but what do I know?

Why did I want to watch it?

It’s Lego (and I loved Lego when I was a kid, though still scarred from the limited number of clear bricks which made building a house with appropriately sized windows almost impossible) so what’s not to love? Also, got lots of great reviews and strong word of mouth from friends-with-kids.

And then there’s the song; heard once, imprinted forever.

What did I think of it?

Everything is indeed awesome.

Really enjoyed The Lego Movie, a nice finding your place in the world film, made me think a bit of Wreck-it Ralph (also greatly enjoyed and reviewed over here). It is funny, with jokes for adults tucked neatly in amongst all the kiddie stuff. Giggled a lot at the whole Superman/Green Lantern running gag. Batman also a delight. Moral not overdone. Sure I missed loads of detail so a good excuse to watch it again.

But it is basically the cinematic equivalent of a 90 minute sugar-rush.

Like that’s a bad thing 🙂

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how-to-train-your-dragon-poster-poster-2027966073What’s it all about?

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

Why did I want to watch it?

Dragons. Vikings. Animation. Coming of age. Finding yourself.

Also feeling left out as everyone said how good it was and how good the sequel is and how you can’t really enjoy the second without having seen the first and did I mention dragons?

And feeling guilty because I think the only reason I avoided this was being fed up as it was used in my local Odeon to explain the facilities for those with hearing or sight impairments and I got overkill from seeing the same clip of How to Train…over and over again.

Totally irrational and completely my loss.

Also Silvery Dude gave me that look.

What did I think of it?

Kicking myself that I hadn’t watched it before. Love Hiccup and now want to known as Astrid. Father/son stuff very moving. Thrilled to discover that Gerald Butler is not only King of Sparta but Viking head honcho. Dragon designs very cool, Toothless lovely and Big Bad properly nasty. Beautifully animated and great fun. Emotional without being sickly.

Looking forward to the next one, don’t intend to wait as long.