BUILDING BLOCKS OF A FRANCHISE: Based on response from the earlier thread and the probably 80% full screening I went to on the Upper West Side this afternoon, I think a spoiler thread for The LEGO Movie is in order. I found it a delight, but three spoiler-y discussion points after the break:
1. Did the framing device introduced at the end work for you? I found it authentically moving, though I can certainly see folks finding it to be leaden and manipulative. (It also reminds us that Will Ferrell can bring the emotion when a part calls for it, rather than just being silly.)
2. Which of the cameos was most impressive? My immediate answer is that they managed to get Lucasfilm to consent to a brief use of Star Wars characters and get 3/4 original voices for the part (it's a soundalike, not Harrison Ford, as Han Solo).
3. It sure sounded to me that the unseen voice of "Mom" at the end was Elizabeth Banks. Now, that certainly makes sense from a narrative perspective, but isn't it also more than a bit Oedipal?