the LEGO movie is awesome and so is elizabeth banks

The LEGO Movie opens today February 7

The highly anticipated brick flick, “The LEGO® Movie” is finally landing in movie theaters near you starting TODAY, Friday, February 7th, and if you and/or your kids are LEGO Enthusiasts, I say run don’t walk to be the first ones to view this clever, charming and extremely well-crafted film. Last weekend my kids and I were treated to a sneak peek at the film and my kids absolutely loved it. As soon as they walked out of the theater they started campaigning for it to win “Best Movie” at the Oscars next year.

With a star-studded cast including Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman and Will Ferrell, it’s not surprising that the characters have a uniquely endearing quality that make each animated, plastic figure come to life in the most playful and lovable way.

Throughout the entire film, adults and kids were not only cracking up at the humor, which bounces swiftly between adolescent and adult, but also oohing and ahhing at how the animators created such elaborate imagery while staying true to the look and integrity of LEGO.

The LEGO Movie also has a message, which is the same as the LEGO brand: Imaginative play. Though there are instruction manuals that accompany every LEGO set, there is no right or wrong way to put them together. The beauty of LEGO is that imagination is limitless, anything goes and “Everything is awesome!” (which is a phrase you will be singing for at least a week after leaving the theater-GUARANTEED!).

Q & A with Elizabeth Banks at LEGO Movie press junket

As part of the LEGO Movie sneak peek, I was also able to sit in on a Q&A with the lovely actress Elizabeth Banks who plays WyldStyle in the film. She was as gorgeous and delightful in person as she is on camera.

From this interview I deduced that she and I should be besties, mainly because she said her favorite game to play as a kid was  “bar” where she would set up card tables in a row and pretend to be bellying up to a “bar” complete with “drinks” and “flirting” with imaginary boys. Also, she dropped the “f bomb” when one of the bloggers asked her what surprised her about parenting and she replied “no one tells you that it’s super f***n’ tough, or else the human race would end,” to which I cracked up and knew that she and I are MFEO.

Other fun tidbits about Elizabeth:

  • Her favorite scene of the film was the saloon scene, mostly because she, Will Arnett and Chris Pratt did a lot of adlibbing that made it into the film.
  • She loves being a part of The LEGO Movie because it’s a chance for her to be a good role model for young girls who will watch the film.
  • Her parenting tips include:
  1. The word “no” is not the useful in raising kids unless it pertains to safety.
  2. It’s all about unconditional love and support
  3. Understand that they’re working out how the world works so follow their lead.

 Mama Mary Show with Emmett and WyldStyle at LEGOLAND California LEGO Movie premiere

So go check out “The LEGO Movie” with your family. Parents will be pleasantly surprised and kids will LOVE it. Oh, and don’t rush out before the credits roll since there are some fun things you won’t want to miss.

If you’re still looking for some Valentine’s Day cards (and don’t want to use my “You Blow Me Away” idea), check out these The LEGO Movie printables.

Oh, and my girl Chelsea at is giving away some Fandango gift cards to go see The LEGO Movie, so hop on over there to enter!


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    Laura says:

    Can’t wait to see it after reading your review.

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