Friday, February 7 2014, 02:24 PM MST
Box Office: Recommended Films For The Week Of February 7 - February 13, 2014
Recommended films showing in Salt Lake City for the week February 7 13, 2014
1. The Lego Movie (PG)
2. Her (R)
3. American Hustle (R)
4. Frozen (PG)
5. The Monuments Men (PG-13)
1. The Lego Movie (PG)
2. Frozen (PG)
3. The Book Thief (PG-13)
4. Saving Mr. Banks (PG-13)
5. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (PG)
1. Her (R)
2. Inside Llewyn Davis (R)
3. 12 Years a Slave (R)
4. Dallas Buyers Club (R)
5. Nebraska (R)
The Lego Movie
4 out of 5 Stars
Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Starring: Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Berry
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy
Recommended To: Adults and children looking for an incredibly chaotic, but absolutely enjoyable, romp through the Lego universe.
Synopsis: Emmet, an incredibly average Lego construction worker, is mistaken for a prophesied Masterbuilder who will stop the evil Lord Business from destroying the universe.
Review: The Lego Movie features just about everything you could ask for from an animated comedy. It has plenty of jokes that will appeal to children, a few which will resonate with adults and a bunch that fall somewhere in between. There's non-stop action, mayhem, destruction and cameos galore from a variety of Lego's licensed franchises (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Batman etc.) and a bit of social commentary lingering beneath the surface if you want to look for it. The script, a collaboration between directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (who also worked together on both Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films), is incredibly random at times, but this matches the sort of frenetic spirit of childhood play that serves as the backbone to the story. Anything can happen in the world of Lego and that leads to unexpected twists and blasts of comedy laced with wonderful sense of absurdity.
The animation, a mix of stop-motion and CGI, is perfect as it gives life to the inanimate toys in a magical way that the direct-to-video Lego films and videogames, while enjoyable in their own right, have failed to do. The film simply looks astounding.
The Monuments Men
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: George Clooney
Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Recommended To: Those looking for a nostalgic war film that should be far more interesting and entertaining than it actually is.
Synopsis: A group of seven civilians are enlisted by the arm and tasked with protecting and recovering the art stolen by that Nazis as WWII comes to close.
Review: When The Monuments Men was moved from its original release date and subsequently dropped from the Oscar race everyone assumed it was simply because its comedic tone didn't quite mesh with what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences typically looks for in a historical biopic. Few, if any, thought it was because the film woefully falls short of expectation. To be fair, The Monuments Men is not a terrible film. It's fairly enjoyable as it attempts to recreate the warm glow of old war films, but the cast, which is typically phenomenal, feels under used (or untrusted) as they go about their roles in a rather pedestrian way. It isn't that they aren't trying; they just don't seem to be given enough to work with. Its all artifice and not enough soul and that's too problematic to overcome when you're making a film about the importance of art as a historical record. Art evokes an emotional response that extends beyond its paint and canvas or brick and mortar. It speaks to generations hundreds of years removed from when it was created. The Monuments Men fails to capture that sense of awe and wonder. It tells us that a life is worth losing if it saves a masterpiece, but it doesn't really give you reason to believe it.
-Ryan Michael Painter