Main Plot Points:
- Oscar winning Director Daniel Junge and Oscar Nominated Director Kief Davidson take us on a journey through the LEGO® brand…like you have never seen before. They explore the brick that has captured imaginations for generations and look at the fundamental question – – is it a toy or something more? A LEGO® BRICKUMENTARY delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick and the innovative uses for it that have sprung up all over the world.
- The narrative takes us through art galleries full of LEGO creations, introduces us to Master Builders designing and creating life-sized LEGO models (as well as those who employ LEGO bricks to create their own films), leads us into the world of LEGO therapy and brings us along to meet Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLS), each with amazing stories to tell. A LEGO® BRICKUMENTARY explores the essential nature of human creativity and the ways we seek to build and understand our world.
What We Thought:
- As someone who grew up with and still enjoys Lego bricks, A Lego Brickumentary is a lot of fun.
- The documentary tackles everything you ever wanted to know about the little brick toys. It explains how they got started (their creator first made wooden toys till his factory burned down multiple times), how they became popular, their decline and rebirth as a collectible/toy for adults.
- Lego is one of the world’s biggest toy manufacturers which is amazing because all they sell is, well, Lego sets. Other manufacturers sell dolls, action figures, games, etc. and Lego dominates with just one item. Their licensing agreements with names like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and every other pop culture name surely helps.
- What I found fascinating about the film are the number of conventions for Lego enthusiasts. You can buy, sell, trade, compete in contests all surrounded by other fans of the toy. There’s even a nickname for adults, AFOL which stands for Adult Fans of Lego. These conventions are big money too with Lego sponsoring events and having designers compete against amateurs.
- I also liked that you can design your own play set and if you get enough people to like it, you can compete against others to have your set made into an actual Lego set.
- Plus the film focuses on the pop culture/celebrity side of the toy. Trey Parker from South Park loves Lego and appears in the film. As does NBA star Dwight Howard. Phil Lord and Chris Miller who made the hit film, The Lego Movie, also make appearances in this.
- I also liked how Lego is used for therapy. Some doctors/therapists have found that kids with special needs like Autism can work with other kids in building Lego sets. It focuses them and gives them a task to accomplish. Pretty neat.
- A Lego Brickumentary is quite fun. Of course the more you are into Lego, the more interesting it is. If like me, you want to see a life size Star Wars X-Wing made out of Lego, then this is right up your alley. Although you don’t even need to be a fan of the toy to learn about it and how it’s become one of the biggest toys in the world.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Jason Bateman
- Dwight Howard
- Lord & Miller
- Trey Parker
Recommended if You Like:
- The Lego Movie