I’ll admit I was a bit bereft for topics today, when I suddenly recalled something that I only learned a few days ago: there is a movie being made about Legos.
The moment I remembered this felt equivalent to finding a $20 bill on the ground. It was like hitting the jackpot.
We all know that familiarity breeds popularity. The more known and accepted something is, the more it will be spoken about. That is why film companies waste little time securing the rights to successful books, comics, characters, video games, and yes, now … children’s games.
Actually, I’m not even sure if Legos qualify as a game. It’s more like a puzzle. You don’t compete against other people, instead, you use the plastic bricks to construct miniature houses, vehicles, towns, etc. They’re actually quite educational for young kids, and enable them to obtain a basic grasp on several important life skills, such as engineering, architecture, problem-solving and more.
But that does not make it a movie.
Warner Bros. has slotted The Lego Movie for a February 2014 release. For those who are interested, you can view the teaser trailer here.
To be perfectly honest, the trailer is actually kind of funny. And cute. With the right amount of campy. In fact, with this movie seemingly catering to its youthful target audience, I think it can actually be successful. The graphics look fairly impressive. Morgan Freeman, Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks are attached to the project. Chris Lord and Phil Miller are directing the movie, whom already had success directing another kids’ movie in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. All things considered, this movie might end up being good.
But that’s not the point.
Legos are small toys. They exist to be played with by toddlers. Not to be the subject a full-length feature film with a multi-million dollar budget.
Nothing about staring at a Lego set should inspire somebody to say, “Wow, this would make for a great movie!”
Two years ago, a movie was made based on the board game, Battleship. I actually saw parts of it a few months ago. I am being completely serious when I say it is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. The only real connection the movie had to the game was that it took place on a battleship. And really, there were no other connections that could be made, because that’s all the game really is.
But somehow, they threw aliens, large explosions, Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker in there and made it a movie. The filmmakers didn’t even attempt to conceive a plot and the special effects were so ridiculously over-the-top that is was laughable.
The point is, sometimes a board game is better left a board game. And whether the Lego Movie is good or not, that should still be the case. What is going to come next? The Beanie Baby movie? An action film adaptation of Checkers vs. Chess a la Batman vs. Superman? I’d make a Tetris Movie joke too, but something tells me that it’s already in the works.
Pac Man, you’re next.
The only positive I can think of with the Lego Movie is that it’s coming out in early February, meaning it will already be in theaters by Feb. 14.
Valentine’s Day date, anyone?