It comes out this weekend in South Africa, and you just need to go and watch it. Just do it. Even if it is the only movie you see this year. Goooo… Book now. What are you waiting for?!
Ten reasons why? Alright then.
Lots of it. Everything you see on screen, effects and all, is in Lego pieces. It will blow your mind.
Chris Pratt. Will Ferrell. Elizabeth Banks. Will Arnett. Nick Offerman. Alison Brie. Charlie Day. Liam Neeson. Will Forte. Morgan Freeman. Channing Tatum. Jonah Hill. Cobie Smulders. Shaquille O’Neal. Jake Johnson. Jorma Taccone. Dave Franco. Yes.
With all the talk around Ben Affleck playing Batman, I didn’t expect to be blown away by a Lego interpretation at all. However, Will Arnett took the Batman character that has always lived in my mind and brought him to life. What a riot.
If you are one to follow critical ratings of animated features before taking the leap to the cinema, just know that The Lego Movie’s ratings lie in the same realm as Wall-E and The Lion King. ‘Nuff said.
5. Guest Lego stars.
From Gandalf, to Dumbledore, to Wonder Woman, to Shaquille O’Neal, expect to see all the Lego realms cross paths in the most entertaining way.
6. A message we all need to hear.
Underneath all that painted plastic lies a very important message. Especially for the kids of today who are consumed by social media and console gaming. Use your imagination. Use your hands. Make something from your own mind. At 25, I still need to push myself this way.
7. Killer soundtrack.
Featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Tegan & Sara, and the Lonely Island dudes – the music of TLM is a (terribly amusing) character of its own.
8. All-age fun.
Just like Shrek (The first one. The first time you watched it.) the humour in this scripting will transcend all age groups. A little something for everyone. Parents and older siblings, don’t hesitate to join the little ones on this one. Actually it’s more like: Little kids, don’t hesitate to join the adults on this one.
There are talks of a sequel being written already, and while the idea of this usually makes me gag, I am almost certain this will follow in the Toy Story sequel’s path. (And Shrek 2, I suppose?) This excites me. This excites me a lot.
10. Fucking magical.
If you ever played with Lego as a child (… or as an adult.) you’ll feel the magic within, from the moment Morgan Freeman opens the movie with a mystical prophecy about the most important person of all times. A prophecy that we are told must be true “because it rhymes.”
If you can fight the urge to rummage around for your long forgotten Lego collection when you get home, then you are a stronger human than myself.
I give this movie 5 Lego Zozette’s out of 5. No joke. I really loved it.
Watch it if you enjoyed: Toy Story or Wreck it Ralph.
Since incredibly strange things filter through my marshmallow brain on a daily basis. I thought I’d start a new segment on Bisous! Zozette, where I share these nuggets of useless information, straight from the sugary depths of my mallow-brain. I’ll post a new one, every week on Wednesday – since that’s when the brain starts to switch over from “Monday Blues” to “Friday Woohoos”.
Did anyone actually find out what Meatloaf wouldn’t do for love? Because not knowing is kind of ruining my life.
Also, who else remembers that Meatloaf was a bus-driver in the Spice World movie? That was weird.
My earliest movie memory dates back to 1992-ish – starring a three-year-old, curly-haired, brat-faced me.
Besides filling my days with many (MANY) a Disney film, I can remember my ultimate go-to VHS tape that would have me glued to our little box of a tv for the entire duration. No interruptions.
This is how it used to go down:
YoungAndFabulousMom: Zozette… Nap time!
YoungAndFabulousMom: Come now, dudu-byes.
YoungAndFabulousMom: Ok. Then go and put your pajamas on and lie down in the bedroom. I’ll put on a video for you. Which one do you want to watch?
OhSoCuteThreeYearOldZozette: I want to watch Grease, Mommy. The movie, not the place. (I was smart and cultured like that.)
– and then I’d go on to say,
OhSoCuteThreeYearOldZozette: But wait until Full House is finished. (Priorities, Mom! Never mind the fact that I’ve just managed to avoid a nap…)
When the Olsen twins were done being squeaky and adorable, and uncle Jessie was done being hot – in that 80s, luscious locks kind of way. (Team Stamos!) – I would sit down with my cup of apple juice and prepare to be enthralled by 110 minutes of pure musical ecstasy.
And so my love affair with musicals began. Westside story, The Sound of Music, Tommy, Oliver, Annie, The Wiz…. too many favourites to list here, I assure you.
I am certain that I was probably exposed to some of these musicals a little earlier than I should have been, but “young me” understood the creative license that these films held, even if I didn’t understand the content. Tim Curry was very welcome to prance around in women’s lingerie while serenading his golden speedo adorned beefcake of a man, and Seymour’s wife to-be (who had just broken up with a very brunette Steve Martin) was the obvious choice in meal for a very hungry Venus fly trap. It all made sense at the time, and I never questioned the sanity of these play-writes for a minute.
I became musical mad by the time I started primary school, and I had myself convinced that I was gong to become an actress. (Or a marine biologist – I was also in my dolphin phase at this point.) This, of course, prompted the greatest tragedy of my childhood. My grandmother recording an episode of Days of our lives over my Grease VHS by mistake. (First world problems – yes, I know.)
Oh the tears! The screaming! The tantrums!
(I would have given myself up for adoption at this point.)
My world had come to an end, and no one seemed too bothered about it. After all, it was a 12 year old VHS copy of Grease recorded off tv, with an advert or five inbetween.
Regardless of the world ending – in the post-GreaseOnVHS-apocalypse I received a new copy for Christmas, and years later added the dvd to my collection. Peace was restored and I was able to chang chang changity chang shoo bop as nature had intended.
Musicals have made a major impact on my life. Even though bystanders won’t realize it, there is always an orchestra accompanying me throughout my day. I thought I’d perhaps leave you with a few gems that I’ve learnt from musicals, which have helped me along the way.
1. You’re never fully dressed without a smile (Annie)
I fully believe this. Negative people generally draw negativity towards themselves. This coincides directly with Singing in the rain. Make the most of a bad situation, because bad luck is all a matter of perspective.
2. Any fight can be resolved through dancing (West side story)
What better way to end an argument than with the violent clicking of your fingers and a demi-pliés, while chanting “Jets!”
3. Never stand under humongous life-threatening chandeliers (Phantom of the Opera)
You never know when a crazy, love-sick, masked ghost will try and kill you with it.
4. Don’t steal. Anything. (Les Miserables)
One loaf of bread and Jean Valjean had to pay for it until the day he died. The justice system stinks.
… And of course….
5. Try the gray stuff, it’s delicious (Beauty and the Beast)
Don’t be afraid to try new things, even if they don’t look like your cup of tea. Chances are, you’ll be oh-so pleasantly surprised. 🙂
Welcome to my first of many themed mix-tape lists. First up, are my top 5 commercial songs featured in film.
1. Scatman John – Skatman – in Nothing to lose
See Tim Robbins dancing around to this song like a loon, after finding a spider crawling on him. You’ll be snorting in laughter along with an onscreen Martin Lawrence, before you can even say “Ski ba da bada bop. Ba da bada bop.”
2. Sonny and Cher – I got you babe- in Groundhog Day
How does one NOT get this song stuck in their head after this movie? Hilarious, day after day, after day, after day….
3. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody- in Wayne’s world
My sister and I make it a necessity to head-bang in the car (Or anywhere, really) to this song anytime it comes on the radio.
4. Diana King – I say a little prayer – in My best friends wedding
What a great sing-along moment this is. The soundtrack has three completely different versions for you to choose your own personal karaoke rendition from.
5. Harry Belafonte – Day-O (The banana boat song) – in Beetlejuice
If only all of the undead made life so fun. Gosh.