Three-in-One Movie Review: The Lego Movies!!! (Surely you're not surprised)


I doubt you're surprised.

I'll never deny that I'm a major fan of animated films. I'm crazy about them and have never stopped being crazy about them. Old classic Disneys that I can sing along to, newer Pixars that make me cry, Universal and DreamWorks movies that make me facepalm and laugh hysterically.

But the Warner Bros Lego Movies are my favorite of all animated movies. They have heart, emotion, smart humor, and compelling plots that make them timeless and excellent. Today's post is a wonderful rave review by me of The Lego Movie, the Lego Batman Movie, and the Lego Ninjago Movie. (Also: If you haven't seen any of these, you should.)




Have some random gifs while I'm at it.

THE LEGO MOVIE

Best of the three, perhaps? That's a matter of opinion... but there's no denying that this movie has so much heart, humor, and originality that there's really no way to watch it too many times.
This is the story of Emmet, an ordinary, generic construction worker who discovers on a normal day that he's the Special, prophesied by a wise old blind wizard to stop the evil Lord Business from taking over the world using the Kragle. (I know this sounds super cliché, but trust me... it's NOT.) It's the story of Wyldstyle, who's not a DJ. It's the story of Batman, who needs to feel free to party with random strangers whenever he feels like it. It's the story of Vetruvius, who's blind and cannot see; of Unikitty, who always thinks positive; and of Benny, who wants nothing more in life than to build a spaceship.

Sound silly? Well, it gets better, I promise.

Despite the opening song, which is incredibly annoying if you listen to it more than three times, this movie is epic. The messages that come out in the closing scene are so touching, and I just basically want everyone to watch this movie. 

I promise it's worth it.

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

The more I think about it, the more I think that this is probably my personal least favorite of the three. (However this does not make it a bad movie! It's still in my top ten or fifteen movies of all time. I just like the other two better.)

Me, basically

My parents haven't allowed me to watch the real Batman movies yet (darkness! No parents! Angst! Violence! Heath Ledger!) but I went with one of my besties to see the Lego version in the movie theater, and it's epically funny.

Basically, the plot is Batman just wanting to be left alone even with a bunch of other people jumping on him to get a life; while the Joker just wants Batman to acknowledge that he's his bad guy. Because, you know. Comic book people/heroes in general like to have a special villain who is their greatest enemy and the one they will always fight, come rain or come shine. The Joker wants to hear Batman say that he's that to the latter.

So... he comes up with a bunch of schemes to prove just how evil he is and make Batman pay. And it's hilarious.


^Actual footage from this film

Based on a few dirty jokes smuggled in here and there and a couple of uncomfortable moments, I don't love this one AS much, but as I said, I still love it! And you should watch it!

THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE

So, all the Lego movies have made me laugh hysterically. This one was no exception.

But this one made me CRY.


Lloyd's relationship with his father is one of my favorite aspects of any movie ever, period. Lord Garmadon is evil. He launches his failed generals out of a volcano. He and his henchmen try to take over the City of Ninjago using guns that shoot live sharks pretty much every day. And every day, Lloyd and his friends, disguised as the Secret Ninjas, stop him.

But that's not what Lloyd wants. At school, he's despised for being the son of Garmadon, even though he can't really help that. And as the legendary Green Ninja, even though everyone loves him, he has to fight his dad. Every day. The dad who he wishes had been around to teach him how to throw a ball. The dad he wishes could have been there to help him get through high school. His mom is great, but it's just not the same.

This movie is funny and cool, and the action scenes get pretty cheesy--but it's the ending that makes Lego Ninjago shine. The critics have defamed it as cheesy, soppy, melodramatic--but it isn't. It's a beautiful reminder of how God created families--the kids need a mother AND a father--and I love it.

So there you have it! The ultimate review of the three Lego Movies. (Now I can't wait for 2019, when the Lego Movie Sequel comes out.)

Are you a Lego Movie fan? Which one is your favorite? Chat with me in the comments!!!

Comments

  1. You know what? The Lego Movie sequel has messed up the release of HTTYD 3, so I am mad at it!!!
    (Just kidding. But they did move the premiere of HTTYD 3 because of it. XD Now, ironically, they both come out in 2019.)

    These movies look so funny. I want to see them all!! I'm waiting for The Lego Ninjago one to come to Netflix. My siblings and I quote the trailer all the time. It's so funny!!

    Great reviews! I really want to watch these now. :D

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    1. I'm actually scared about HTTYD3--I've heard this is the one where they show why there's no dragons today, and that makes me terrified they're going to do something awful to my beloved Toothless and the others. O_O Yeah, I can't wait for 2019....

      I quote the trailer for that one too. "L-L-O-Y-D. I named you. La-loyd."

      You need to watch these ones! Thanks!

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  2. I love animated movies. They're great! I've been meaning to watch these, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. Thanks for the review!

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    1. You should definitely watch them! Animated movies have always been my favorite (except for a couple of truly amazing live-actions which go straight to the top, like Amazing Grace and Princess Bride...XD)

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  3. I haven't watched The Lego Ninjago movie, but I love the first two! The Lego Batman movie is up there with my favorites movies and that's saying a lot. XD

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    1. Same for me with the original! My favorite list for movies tends to fluctuate all over the place, but that one stays right at the top. XD

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  4. I'll have to watch the Lego Ninjago movie at some point. I keep hearing rave recommendations, so there must be something to it. The other two are pretty good (although I CANNOT re-watch the Lego Movie for another couple years) and they do have some great messages. Also, they're hilarious!
    Great review!

    Brianna | noendofbooks.blogspot.com

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    1. That's awesome! Sadly, everyone I know is always talking about how much they DISliked Ninjago, so that makes me sad. I'm glad you have people around you who liked them!!!!

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  5. I've seen some of the Ninjago series, but I haven't seen any of these movies. They sound good though!

    Catherine

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    1. The series is super fun! My bestie and I are watching it together, and even though a lot of it is kind of juvenile and cringe-worthy, it's still really fun. You should definitely watch the movies!

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  6. I haven't seen the Lego Ninjago movie yet, but I'm really excited to. I enjoyed the Lego Batman movie, but yeah, the dirty jokes they snuck in felt odd to me, very out of place. It's not like they needed them to make it funnier or anything. The Lego Movie is my favorite, too. All the characters were so good, and it was such a fresh idea that it really took the world by storm.

    I remember when I first saw the Dark Knight trilogy, I was OBSESSED. I think Christian Bale will always be my Batman, and Heath Ledger will always be my Joker, but the Lego Batman is up there. :)

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    1. I really hope you'll like it! I loved it a ton so it makes me happy to see other people like it too <3 Yeah, I wasn't sure why they felt the need to do that. The story was already terrific--what was the point of that? The characters really are one of the best things about the Lego Movie--but if we're counting, I think everything about that movie is amazing (except for the butt jokes, because it is supposed to be a movie for little boys, after all)

      I watched Batman Begins last week and really enjoyed it! I'm going to give myself some time before watching Dark Knight and Rises, because I've heard they're overwhelmingly dark and violent and I don't always like doing that to myself, but I'm eager to watch them in a couple of years when I can handle it a little better. <3

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  7. I haven't seen the Lego Batman movie, but the other two were really good!
    Love the angst-filled and dark, Christain Bale ones though.

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    1. I got to watch Batman Begins last week and really enjoyed it! Very different in tone, but it was still great.

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  8. I've never seen the last two films, but I love The Lego Movie! It's so nerdy and creative!

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    1. I know! The nerd levels are one of my favorite things about it. <3

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  9. I absolutely LOOOOVE the Lego movies!! The classic Lego movie is probably my most favorite. Christ Pratt is so hilarious and I just love all the great humor in it! Lego Batman was great too! I loved him in the original, so I knew I would love him in his own movie. :) You know...I still haven't seen Lego Ninjago. I really do need to see that one. :D

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    1. I love the first one best too--I got to watch it with my mom, sisters, and grandparents a couple days ago, and oy. XD They were all alternately freaking out and trying really hard not to laugh. I love Chris Pratt with all my heart. You do need to see Ninjago--it's awesome. XD

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  10. I'm unashamed to admit I like the Lego movies too! I still OWN a bunch of Lego sets (the castles! the dragons! the medieval villages!). The first movie was my top fav as well, and the Ninjago one would come second for me. I now quote Jay all the time: "This is my new least favorite place." XD

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    1. I think my favorite line from that one is Jay at the beginning: "Is he the bravest Ninja of them all?" *Jay screams uncontrollably* "I'd take that as a yes!"

      They're so good. <3 I'm glad you like them too!!!!

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  11. For me, The Lego Movie had to grow on me, but the Lego Batman Movie had me from the start. ^.^ Aaaaand I absolutely hate the Lego Ninjago TV show, tbh, but I may have to check out the movie... Maybe. xD

    Great reviews, Faith!!! I really enjoyed reading them!! :D

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    1. That's about true for me too, in all honesty. I'm watching the show with my bestie right now and I find it alternately hilarious and cringe-worthy, but yeah, I definitely understand why you might not like it. XD

      Thanks! I enjoyed writing them!

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  12. > My parents haven't allowed me to watch the real Batman movies yet

    Errr ... who gave you Batman Begins for Christmas? Who was it that watched it with you just last week? It couldn't have been your bad old parents, could it? :)

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  13. I need to watch the Ninjago movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've watched the other two, though, and I loved them. The LEGO Movie was the best, though. :)

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  14. OH MY GOODNESS THE LEGO MOVIE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES EVER. It's so... stupid... but yet pure genius at the same time. XD I cannot wait for the sequel -- 2019 is so far away! *sobs* I also still need to watch the Ninjago movie. It looks good. :D

    katie grace
    a writer's faith

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    1. I knowwwww...exactly! It amazes me that it's so absolutely ridiculous and corny (I mean, I always cringe a couple of times at the stupidity) but I still love it way too much. And argh, how shall we survive to 2019? *chants softly* sequel, Sequel, SEQUEL!!!!!!!

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  15. I LOVE THIS POST!!! XD
    The LEGO Movie is my personal favorite and the Lego Ninjago movie was pretty good too; and when I watched the Lego Batman movie I liked it as well...until I realized there was a theme in it that was not very appropriate. I'm not allowed to watch it again. :-Z But the villains all teaming up was awesome. XD
    EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!! ;-D

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  16. Went to see it with my brother. With the age difference between us we both loved the movie for different reasons. For me it was superb. It's amazing to see how lego people in a world made by lego, live and interact with each other. There were some funny moments for kids and even some moments for adults too. Overall it is a very enjoyable movie and it is sure to remind you of your childhood. I recommend it to anyone who has ever played with any form of lego whatsoever. You'd be surprised to see how relevant this movie will feel.

    I think all people from all ages can find something in this movie that will warm their heart. A timeless classic for sure.

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  17. Much like Jurassic World, this load of junk was created purely to rake in the dollar.

    Apparently it's OK to show the world... AGAIN... live goats waiting to be eaten, pigs going to be ripped to shreds by teams of raptors and people being torn to pieces, but when a dino dies the violins begin and the female lead trots around a dinosaur paddock in 6 inch heels and a cream suit, suitably panting and puffing, chest rising, falling, splayed on the ground, all vulnerable and waiting... I was wishing so hard that the Rex would eat her... it might have saved the entire load of nonsense.
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