Jun 09

The Lego Movie Review

The Lego Movie poster for my Lego Movie review

Over the weekend, we watched The Lego Movie so I need to review it for you. First off, if you don’t like kids talking through the movie, probably wouldn’t be a good idea to see it for a weekend matinee. But nonetheless, they weren’t too bad except for one scene (won’t give a spoiler) that caused a small child to cry.

After seeing it, I had to ask, “was this movie really for kids?” It seemed more like adult social commentary. We’re being force fed a stupid media plus a stupid culture that makes us, well, stupid. The main song was the highly Orwellian “Everything is Awesome,” which trains the non-thinking highly-conforming workers to work in a rhythm with the brainless song. The main TV show is “Honey, where’s my pants?” which seemed like it got its cue from Mike Judge’s dystopian flick Idiocracy.

So it appears the people are halfway to Judge’s Idiocracy and of course as you guessed, are in need of a leader to take them off that path.

Well, as you also guessed, your hero is Emmet Brickowski, a clueless and forgettable average Joe who suddenly is forced to rise to the occasion.

The villain is one President Business who plans on Krazy Gluing everyone in the Lego universe. His real intentions are unknown until the end of the movie.

Sound stupid? Actually, it’s not. It’s quite good. Throw in a bunch of other figures like the heroine Wyldstyle (who really should have been the protagonist, as you will see later), a wizard Vitruvius, Wyldstyle’s boyfriend Batman (yes, that Batman), Superman and Green Latern who have a weird relationship, Shaquille O’Neal, several of the dudes from Star Wars, etc.

One criticism I had was probably more age related than a problem with the movie, but I had a hard time following the action scenes. They’re plastic pieces fighting each other and going faster than a guy in his forties with bad eyesight can follow. If you’re young with decent vision, it probably won’t be a problem.

I never read a review so I didn’t know what was coming. I won’t give it away, but it did have a pretty good twist to it. And the movie throughout was quite watchable. It had plenty of adult humor so I’m thinking the dialog was written for adults and the action and looks were written for kids.

There is some plastic death though, but the character who dies comes back as a ghost so maybe it won’t be too disturbing for kids although one of the kids in the movie theater did start crying at the scene. So I probably wouldn’t take a kid under five to it.

The Lego Movie Review rating
******* (7 out of 10)

-Danny


Danny still works in the corporate world but not for too much longer. In the meantime, he values spending quality time with his family.

May 25

Interview with Katia Decker

I got a chance to interview Katia Decker, the lead singer of the Symphonic Metal band Astral Eyes.  She inspires me to jump out of my comfort zone and explore new things.  She’s strong and gutsy, and the “classy sexy” like the old movie stars.

Something in her voice reminds me of Marian Anderson.  She has that strong, soulful feeling in her voice.

Katia Decker singer Astral Eyes

Interview with Katia Decker

Why did you get into music?

I’ve always been involved in music. As long as I can remember, I’ve been singing to myself, in school, in church, to people, whatever. Whenever I’m bored, I’m singing. It makes life more interesting.

What do you like best about being in a band?

That there’s a group of talented people to bounce ideas off of. It’s not so many that nobody gets hurt, but I’m not on my own. We’d do much better than any of would do by ourselves.

Who’s your favorite singer?

I’m not sure. There’s a bunch of different styles I enjoy, so picking one singer would be about as hard as picking one movie.

When did you start singing?

I guess not quite at birth, but about one and a half or so. (Laughs). I don’t know. I don’t remember a time that I wasn’t singing.


Did you ever take vocal lessons?

Yes. I took them from a relative who also was a Professor at a college in Iowa. Plus, the lessons that you get when you’re in choir. But the private lessons, I got a lot more out of them as far as learning how to do things with my voice.

So you did sing in a choir?

Yes. I sang in choir all through school and I also was in choir at college.

Who is your mentor?

In life… Well, there are different people who influenced me. But someone who stands out is my seventh grade math teacher. She taught me how to harness my annoyingness and make it work for me instead of against me.

Who made your dress?

It was custom made. I love costumes and I love performing. I love being on stage and just being charged by the energy from the crowd watching me. The energy of the crowd gives me energy. So this dress was actually made for a theater performance.

Thanks for your time, Katia.

Thanks. Was nice talking to you.


kate writer interviewer adventurer
Interview of Katia Decker by Kate. Kate is an adventurous woman who is tired of working other people and is ready to plunge headfirst into self-employment. She loves traveling, reading, music, food, life, and exploring new ideas.