So I meant to get this post written awhile ago, but I’m a terrible planner of things. So we’re doing it now.
Go see The Lego Movie.
I’m sure a lot of you have already, but seriously. It’s really good. It’s easily discounted as a movie that will amount to nothing more than a 2 hour toy commercial, which is what I was expecting. But it’s really so much more than that. I grew up playing with Lego, so sure, this movie will tug at my nostalgic heart strings a little bit. But Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who also made Clone High, which is probably one of the best cartoons ever) took that nostalgia and instead of exploiting it and making a crappy movie (I’m looking at you, every Transformers movie) they crafted something that’s really a love letter to Lego, people that grew up playing with Lego, and kids that are growing up playing with Lego now. I won’t spoil anything, but the voice acting is incredible (Will Arnett absolutely steals the movie as Batman and Morgan Freeman can be surprisingly hilarious) the animation is wonderful and it’s actually more stop motion than I was expecting, and the act 3 reveal creates this massive “aha!” moment that makes so many other things about this movie make so much sense.
Neat side note: the main villain, Lord Business, was designed so that he looks like a necktie from the back. That’s the kind of detail they put into this thing.
Guardians of the Galaxy!
Holy crap Guardians of the Galaxy. Having limited familiarity with the comics for this team they seemed like kind of a low-rent, intergalactic Avengers team, but man this trailer blew me away. Chris Pratt (who also plays Emmet in The Lego Movie) nails that sort of cocky-but-you-love-them-for-it space hero character as Peter Quill, Rocket Raccoon and Groot look incredible, the whole cast just looks great. Zoe Saldana really pulls of this “I could totally kill you right now” look and she’s only got maybe 10 seconds of screen time. Plus any trailer that can make “Hooked on a Feeling” work, and even kind of badass has my interest. John C. Reilly, and Peter Serafinowicz as members of Nova Corps look great and I now have far more faith in this movie than I had a year ago. So pumped.
If you’re like me, you’ve watched the trailer a few times already, but if not you can watch the trailer here. What do you guys think? Tell us in the comments maybe?