Trailer Tuesdays: The LEGO Movie

We all love LEGOs, right? They’re creative, constructive, and ever-changing, which make them one of the most perfect toys to spend hours playing with. How can all that be packed into one movie? I don’t know, but Warner Bros. Pictures is attempting to do just that.

Based on the preview, I can’t get a real sense of what the story will be about, other than that a comedic hero will be bumbling his way toward saving the world, but I can see that a great deal of effort has gone into creating a world that LEGO fans can easily recognize and enjoy. I can see a few of the pieces and characters I’ve played with myself and am already getting excited to see these toys I’ve loved for years come to life. Sure, this is far from the first time LEGOs have been animated, but I never watched the Bionicle series and I’m not much of a gamer so I never experienced any of the LEGO video games for myself. As such, this will be my first time seeing these toys in motion, barring stop-motion videos on YouTube.

One of the things I find most interesting in the preview is that everything in this world appears to be modeled after actual LEGO pieces, right down to the laser beams being shot out of the characters’ weapons. The backgrounds all seem to be constructed (digitally) from LEGO bricks and the props the characters use are the same ones available for purchase in actual construction packs. I love this attention to detail because it would have been so much easier to just design a landscape in which the LEGO characters could exist, but instead the film’s creators really went the distance and committed to creating a LEGO world.

The movie itself looks pretty funny, if I do say so myself. Even if the reluctant hero storyline has been done to death in recent years, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it can’t still be enjoyable. The Batman joke alone got an actual chuckle out of me, but the sight gags and great voice cast come together nicely here for an amusing little preview of what will hopefully be an even more amusing feature-length film.

Trailer Tuesdays: G.I. Joe 2

This is a trailer that fills me with the opposite of excitement. I didn’t watch the first one and I have no plans to watch this. Of course, planning and doing are entirely different. I mean, hell, when I see something that looks potentially this bad for a big-budget film, you can rest assured that I’ll get at least a couple pages of ranting up on this blog.

Maybe my dislike for G.I. Joe stems from my complete indifference to the franchise as a child. I didn’t care for it and I wanted nothing to do with it. Then, they made a movie. I’m not going to blame them for that. Success is success when it comes to money. And it wasn’t as though anyone forced me to go see it. But the first movie did not do well. Rotten Tomatoes gave it around thirty-five percent, and while I don’t always agree with them on whether a movie’s good or not, the critics there certainly know more about movies than I do.

Yeah, this trailer looks fun, if you’re into this sort of thing. Personally, all that I think is missing from it is the giant misogynistic and racist robots, but we already have that movie. Maybe my problem with G.I. Joe originates my inability to take the franchise seriously. Sure, I didn’t feel this way watching the Transformers trailers, a franchise that also started as something for children, but when I think G.I. Joe I think of toys for really small children. In fact, my mind goes straight to something like this:

Maybe I’m being a little hard, as I haven’t seen the newer movie and don’t really know the story, but this never struck me as something that originally had a story. They were just toys. Yeah, I think there was a cartoon series for it. What famous toy didn’t get one at one point? But compared to something like Transformers, I don’t think it held up. The whole G.I. Joe movie just seemed like a way to get more money, and that’s the way this sequel feels thus far. The first one did poorly, but they know enough people will see the next installment for a pretty sizable profit, so of course they’re making one.

I don’t know. The franchise just seems listless.