And here we are: five weeks into the new year and we already have our first major blockbuster of 2014. Early estimates had 'The LEGO Movie' opening big, but the animated adventure shattered all expectations this weekend, with universally positive reviews and word of mouth sending the film to a massive opening.
The LEGO Movie
Filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller have made it their business to turn seemingly tired properties (a children’s book about giant food, an eighties television show about cops masquerading as kids) into intelligent and incredibly funny feature films that appeal to kids and adults alike, and their latest outing, ‘The LEGO Movie,’ is no different – it just comes with the added caveat of centering its action on tiny plastic things. If anyone could make a film about LEGOs work, it’s Lord and Miller, and that’s just what they’ve done with their witty and inspired take on the classic toys – but how did they actually make it, well, work?
In 2006, Phil Lord and Chris Miller signed on to direct 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,' an adaptation of the popular children's book that was all but dead at Sony Pictures Animation after the studio tried, and failed, to figure out how to crack for years. It was a movie no one thought could work. But, work it did, opening to great reviews and a strong showing at the box-office, spawning a sequel.
Lord and Miller, then moved on to their first live-action project, a remake of '21 Jump Street,' a movie the studio tried, and failed to figure out how to crack for years. It was a movie no one thought could work. But, work it did, opening to great reviews and a strong showing at the box-office, spawning a sequel.
The directing duo then set to work on 'The LEGO Movie,' a movie the studio tried, and failed, to -- nevermind, you see where this is going.
Lord and Miller - in just three movies - have proved themselves as two of the most daring and unique directors in Hollywood; a duo not only unafraid of a challenge, but actively seeking out challenges.
We caught up with the pair, who had just wrapped shooting both 'The LEGO Movie' and '22 Jump Street' simultaneously, to talk about why they make it so hard on themselves, how they avoiding turning 'LEGO' into a 90-minute commercial and why Warner Bros. had some doubts about what they wanted to do with Green Lantern.
How confident is Warner Bros. that 'The LEGO Movie' will be a huge hit? They're already started working on 'LEGO Movie 2'. Yep, the upcoming animated feature hasn't even graced theaters yet, but with box office predictions through the roof and nearly every review a rave, everyone realizes that they might as well strike while the iron is hot.
"Everything is Awesome!"
Much has been said about our recent cinema kowtowing to nerds. From the massive success of 'The Avengers' to the ill-fated sci-fi odes of 'Paul.' (Anyone remember 'Paul?') The nerds have won. But whither the spaz?
Take a moment to remember the spaz. The hyperactive, highly-excitable enthusiast who can barely stay in one place for longer than sixty seconds and makes a little bit of a mess of things with his chaotic energy. 'The LEGO Movie' is the film for that person. From its opening frame to its surprisingly heartfelt conclusion, 'The LEGO Movie' has a bright and brash, candy-colored go go go dynamism that crackles with a glorious alacrity set to the tempo of the classroom's biggest and most disruptive spaz.
Chris Pratt is a mini-figure living in the not-so-mini world of 'The LEGO Movie,' which brings together some of your favorite LEGO characters to life on the big screen and gives them the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson and more! Warner Bros. has released a batch of nine new clips from the animated film so you can preview all the silly humor one can expect from a movie starring Andy Dwyer from 'Parks and Recreation.'
'The LEGO Movie' hits theaters next month, so we've been seeing more and more TV spots and ads for the new animated adventure flick from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the hilarious minds behind 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' and the upcoming '22 Jump Street.' Today, Warner Bros. dropped a new international spot, featuring some new footage focusing a little more on Elizabeth Banks' punky and heroic Wyldstyle character.
Can't wait for 'Star Wars: Episode 7' to hit the big screen in December, 2015? Turns out you won't have to.
In addition to Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and all the DC Comics superheroes, 'Star Wars' characters will be making an appearance in 'The Lego Movie' next February. We didn't think it was possible to get more excited for this movie.
With all of LEGO's various movie-themed toy lines, video games and TV series, it seemed like the only thing missing from the brand was a feature-length animated movie -- and now it's on the way. Warner Bros. has released a full 'The LEGO Movie' trailer, featuring practically every one of our favorite figurines come to life.