a.k.a. Golden Globe Nominations Part III
When I wrote Beginners Guide: Golden Globe Nominations-Comedy, a reader wrote and commented, There has got to be more nominations. Although I’d written in Beginners Guide: Golden Globe Nominations-Drama that I was attempting to respond to the choices of nominees with very little knowledge of any of them (a personal challenge), the reader still felt there was a deficit of information. Now that I have more knowledge of the nominated films, I am writing What You Should Do With the Kids When They are Home From School since I am recommending a family friendly film.
The Lego Movie
The Lego Movie is nominated for Best Animated Feature film. While my husband and I are not big on cartoons, I loved the movie Up which won in this category in a previous year. I would recommend The Lego Movie for tweens and younger. I was a little bored with the plot, but what can I say? I’m slightly older than the age group for which I’m recommending this movie (just slightly). However, The Lego Movie struck me as appealing for two reasons: theme and theme song.
Theme and Plot
In my humble analytical opinion (is that redundant–analytical opinion?), the theme of The Lego Movie is everyone, seriously, everyone, is special. The movie is about a nondescript construction foreman. It has very little to do with Legos. A good character evolves if a plot arc is weaved well, Emmett, the protagonist, does change. At the start of the film he thinks he’s popular and is so upbeat he sings, “Everything is Awesome”. (Okay, I’ll save information on the hit song in Paragraph Two.) However, he finds out that he is actually so nondescript that no one remembers talking to him just that morning.
Readers, I’m breaking the “fourth wall” here and talking to you. Think of someone special, a famous person, from history or literature. If you picked someone deceased, the odds are favorable that they are in this movie. William Shakespeare and Abraham Lincoln are two examples. The movie’s point–you don’t need to be a Shakespeare or a Lincoln to be great. I won’t divulge the ending, but you can infer correctly that by the end of this film The Lego Movie‘s Emmett will do something great.
This past fall I took my daughter to the Katy Perry concert. (It was my choice. I love pop music.) Her warm-up act included two sisters that apparently recorded “Everything is Awesome” which was used in the film. I wasn’t too attentive as I didn’t (yet) know the song. Also, I was distracted–big time–by the crowd. Every concert attendee was on their feet singing the song along with the sisters–no exceptions in sight, and I had primo seats. Not wanting to look out of place, even I stood up. Everyone was singing and jumping up and down to the catchy song. I have to believe even more so than when Katy Perry sang some of her songs.
My words can not touch on how catchy this song is. So, here you go. Enjoy the song and a clip from the movie.
If you disagree, now that you’ve heard it, please consider your source–I’ve already given a disclaimer; I love pop music.
At any rate, do I think The Lego Movie deserved its nomination for Best Animated Feature Film?
Readers, do you have any advice for family-friendly movies to watch over winter vacation? Any advice for how to occupy bored children? I look forward to your views.