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A LEGO Brickumentary (2014)

Review by CJ

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Director:
Kief Davidson, Daniel Junge

Starring:
Jason Bateman

Other notable appearances:
Ed Sheeran, Trey Parker, Dwight Howard

Running time:
93 minutes

 

Jason Bateman, in LEGO minifigure form, leads the viewer on a journey through the world of LEGO. From the creation of LEGO, the company’s stumbles and new brick innovations to international success, giant builds and celebrity fans, A LEGO Brickumentary gives viewers a definitive overview of the world’s most famous and bestselling toy.

As far as documentaries go, A LEGO Brickumentary is informative and gives viewers a well-rounded overview of LEGO, its creator, its fans, its uses and its employees.

A LEGO Brickumentary didn’t have as much fun with being informative as I feel it could have, especially given that it’s a documentary about a creativity encouraging toy. The scenes with Jason Bateman’s minifigure narrator — especially the introduction — were fun and full of humour so it was disappointing that these elements weren’t transferred into more of the feature.

I would have really liked to have seen more details on how LEGO sets are designed, made and built with less focus on the LEGO fans. I found myself getting distracted during fan segments unless they were truly exceptional, like the fan building a huge Rivendell model or the fans making their own feature length stop motion film.

Overall, A LEGO Brickumentary is an informative look at the LEGO universe’s origins and story with a delightful pint-sized narrator, but don’t expect much more than you would from a standard documentary.

Rating:
3 Stars

“This story is about a simple toy and how its unique properties ushered in a new era of creativity.

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