The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie. I had heard that this was better than you’d think, but it was still so wildly beyond my expectations. (My first reaction might still hold. I’ll need to mull it over a it more.) The story is pretty straightforward, but they build in a lot of good meta-movie/genre tropes and the sense of humor was right up my alley (both the wit and the dumb gags). And it’s gorgeous. The verrrrry very end doesn’t quite work for me, but geez. What a treat.

Elf

Elf. Overall: ugh. I like the physical comedy bits (e.g., the escalator scene) and the wink-wink references to other films (Bigfoot, LOTR, Back to the Future, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, etc.). Good premise, good opening, then goes stale. The last half-hour is a total waste. So mechanical. Disappointing.