Film­mak­ers re­spond to crit­i­cism of Lego ‘Brickumentary’

The China Post - - ARTS & LEISURE - BY LUQ­MAN ADENIYI

The film­mak­ers be­hind a doc­u­men­tary on the toy pow­er­house Lego say crit­ics who see the film as a 92-minute com­mer­cial for the tiny build­ing blocks are miss­ing the point.

“A Lego Brickumentary” opened Fri­day in lim­ited the­atri­cal re­lease to mixed re­views, with some re­view­ers com­plain­ing the film took an un­crit­i­cal eye to the toy that captivates chil­dren and adults alike.

“If there is any­one out there that’s look­ing for a hard­core con­tro- ver­sial film they are look­ing at this film through the wrong lens,” Kief David­son, the film’s co-di­rec­tor, said in an in­ter­view Fri­day.

His co-di­rec­tor, Daniel Junge, said the film was guided by a gen­uine af­fec­tion for the bricks, not any in­put from the Dutch toy­maker.

“Lego had no ed­i­to­rial con­trol over the film,” Junge said. “The love that you see in the film is com­ing from us as film­mak­ers.”

Their zeal for Lego bricks led some crit­ics to liken the film to a cor­po­rate ad or pro­mo­tional video. “As a movie, it can be as an­noy­ing as step­ping on a stray LEGO brick with your socks off,” New York Daily News re­viewer Jor­dan Hoff­man wrote in one of the more un­flat­ter­ing re­views.

It clicked bet­ter with movie­go­ers; au­di­ences gave it a 71 score on re­view site Rot­ten Toma­toes on Fri­day night.

“A Lego Brickumentary” ex­plores the cul­ture sur­round­ing Le­gos, which are no longer con­fined to ta­bles and toy boxes, but in­clude books, video games and a suc­cess­ful fea­ture film. The doc­u­men­tary shows how builders cre­ate jets, replica movie sets and func­tional cars from a prod­uct ini­tially cre­ated for chil­dren.

“I don’t think any­one would have seen the om­nipres­ence of Le­gos we see now,” said Junge, who won an Academy Award in 2011 for the short doc­u­men­tary, “Sav­ing Face.”

The film in­cludes record­ing artist Ed Sheeran, bas­ket­ball player Dwight Howard and South Park cre­ator Trey Parker de­scrib­ing their love for the toy. Jason Bate­man nar­rates the fea­ture length doc­u­men­tary as an an­i­mated Lego minifig­ure.

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