Much has been written about how directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have proven themselves masters of taking concepts that could really suck (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie) and turning them into fantastic pieces of entertainment that are far better than they have any right to be. I won’t turn this into another praise-heavy piece about Lord & Miller – though they are quickly becoming two of my favorite working filmmakers – so instead, I’ll just point you to the newly-released blooper reel from The LEGO Movie (via THR), which is in theaters now.
Over the past few years, I’ve gotten really bored with seeing filmmakers talk about how they’re trying to make their characters feel “grounded” and “realistic,” and I was thinking about writing a piece about how I wished someone would make a movie without attaching those claims to it. Then I saw The LEGO Movie, and I think it did exactly what I wanted. There’s a fantastical element to how Lord & Miller chose to portray these minifigs, and though some of the humor comes from how the characters try to approximate how they’d move in “reality,” it was refreshing to see such a no-holds-barred approach to filmmaking that didn’t try to bend over backwards to make sure that every single choice felt “gritty.”
ANYWAY…that blooper reel is pretty great. I love the running gag of Batman’s grappling hook bouncing all over the place, and it’s fun to see the animators take what were clearly conversations that weren’t meant to be seen/heard and make it appear as if these LEGO characters were having them. If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to check out our interview with stars Chris Pratt and Will Ferrell about the film and let us know what you think in the comments below.
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