Hello... my name is Sugar... and I KRAGLE.
I'm working on my issues, which didn't seem to be so bad, until I watched The LEGO Movie. This movie could have been filmed inside my son's head. In fact, the whole time I was watching, I felt like I had been transported into his imagination. It was sweet, except for the parts that brought twinges of guilt to my OCD heart.
Little things kept popping up on the "evil" side of the story. Things like "micromanagement bots" and "nail polish remover" and "KRAGLE". Things that I thought were harmless... helpful even. I realize now that I was only fooling myself. With the help of my patient LEGO loving son, I'm working to rid myself of my KRAGLE issues.
One day at a time.
What is this insidious KRAGLE thing? It's the secret weapon of the evil Lord Business who is seeking to destroy all the free thinking and imagination in the LEGO universe. An unassuming hero, Emmet (Chris Pratt), who lives his life in the same way, every single day of his life, finds that everything is NOT awesome in his instruction following world. After meeting Master Builder Wyld Style (Elizabeth Banks), he discovers that he's destined to help save the worlds from the imagination killing intentions of the evil Lord Business who plans to end the world on Taco Tuesday.
WyldStyle doesn't understand how Emmet, the not-so-special instruction following guy with so little imagination is going to save them. But swallowing her pride, she works with him to help find his creative side. Along the way, she introduces him to other master builders, The Wizard (Morgan Freeman), Batman (Will Arnett), a jacked up pirate, a Spaceman that really wants to build a spaceship, and a rainbow kitty with a unicorn horn named UniKitty. There are a few other LEGO minis that you'll recognize. Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Super Man, Gandolf, and a host of other nerdy characters.
After a special preview of the movie, I was invited along with a group of Southern California bloggers for a special Q & A with the voice of WyldStyle, Elizabeth Banks. We met her in what will be a new attraction at LEGOLand California, opening to the public this summer: The actual set of The LEGO Movie. When the mic came to me, I asked Ms. Banks something to the effect of:
What was the thing you pretend played when you were a kid?
This was her hilarious answer:
The loud guffaws were mostly me, with a few bursts of laughter coming from Mary Burt-Godwin of The Mama Mary Show. Everyone left the room talking about how cool it would have been to grow up with Elizabeth Banks.
The movie has plenty of hilarious references that will keep adults' attention (you'll DIE when you see what happens to the Millennium Falcon!) and it's a fun, quirky adventure that the kids will absolutely love.
Hope you get a chance to see The LEGO Movie! Don't be surprised if you start to think that "everything is AWESOME!" ;)