Review: A Lego Brickumentary

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Title: A Lego Brickumentary
MPAA Rating: G
Director: Kief Davidson, Daniel Junge
Starring: Jason Bateman
Runtime: 1 hr 33 mins
What It Is: A documentary about one of the most popular toys in the world! LEGO’s sell billons of dollars a year, but did you know there is an entire movement of fans out there in the world for whom LEGO is more than just a plastic building toy. From AFOL (Adult Fans of LEGO) to the children the toy is marketed towards there seems to be nowhere in the modern world LEGO’s are not used in some capacity, from their intend playful origins, to more scientific and artistic ventures.

What We Think: It’s all a rather bland affair. Bateman brings his voice but not near enough of his comedic timing to this formulaic documentary that plays more like a hype video for the Danish block system then so an educational adventure into one of the world’s most popular toys. There are some interesting parts to this particularly involving the legacy of the company, and how a simple philosophy change ended up changing everything for them. I think the playful demeanor of it is interesting, but it doesn’t hold your attention. Sometimes some of the things come off as stats being read to you more then they are interesting pieces of information for the film.

Our Grade: C+, It’s a bit too disjointed for my taste, jumping from one scenario to the next without much thought in to the structure. It’s messily directed and with two guys helming the product it is not a wonder. It seems to me that the two guys behind the film just went ahead and shot two separate films, one a film on LEGO’s history and legacy, and the other on it’s fervent fan base. I recommend this film if you’re truly interested in the subject matter otherwise you don’t really NEED to see this. Likewise if you’re in the mood for a decent documentary this’ll fill that void.

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