10.4 C
Byron Shire
August 15, 2022

Cinema Reviews: The Lego Movie 2

Latest News

Mud benda rant

Regarding last week’s Splendour Festival and all the ‘haters’ out there. I took along a few seriously fun-deprived teenage...

Other News

Car park housing

In recent weeks the idea by Council to develop the existing car park in Station Street has dropped out...

Revoke Splendour consent

The legislation that gave Splendour consent has been revoked. Splendour’s consent should also now be revoked.  Originally Byron Council gave...

Police assault charge heads back to local court

The NSW Supreme Court has found that a decision by local magistrate and former police officer, Michael Deakin, was an ‘error of law’.

Only real farmers and real food at Byron Farmers Market

Later this year, Byron Farmers Market will celebrate its 20th birthday. An impressive feat given that when it first...

Everything Everywhere All At Once

The Federal Film Society work at building community through film and food every second Saturday of the month at...

Evans Head, Iron Gates DA public planning meeting coming

The current development application (DA) for the flood and bushfire-prone site of the Evans Head, Iron Gates development will go before the Northern Rivers Planning Panel (NRPP) on 30 August.

When challenged by visitors from outer space, the Lego people get together to choose a leader. Lego Batman (with the now famous husky Christian Vale delivery) demands that it be him because ‘they have made nine movies about me, with three others in various stages of development’. Later on, presented with a false ending, a character says ‘Oh no, we’re not going to do a sad song as we fade to black, are we?’ That’s the sort of ‘knowing’ dialogue you get in cartoons these days and, for the life of me, I have no idea if the kids get it. But for mine, it’s too cute by half. Broadly speaking, this movie is like nothing so much as a bad acid trip, a blur of lurid colour rushing headlong, at warp speed, from one confusing mini-crisis to the next, with a g’zillion pop-culture references thrown into the blender just to mess with the head of any grownup watching. And, if that weren’t enough, just when you think you’ve got a handle on what’s been going on, there is a contorted time-travel sequence thrown in to explain how the good guy evolved from the bad guy – or was it the other way around? Gawd knows how it all impacted on the tiny brains of its target audience. It is not entirely without merit, though. For starters, it challenges the old paradigm that weird looking robot types from other planets have necessarily arrived on Earth to smash our civilisation. It is an attack on such negativity and is to be praised for its promotion of the idea of embracing the ‘other’. Also for its message that it is okay to not be cool. Otherwise, it is a dog’s breakfast. The little boy sitting next to me spent half the time playing a game on his i-Thingy and at the end a couple of in-between girls danced to the soundtrack as they left the cinema. ‘That was such fun,’ one of them said. I’ll take her word for it.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Autocracy or democracy for Byron Shire?

The New Yorker Magazine recently wrote a quote from Mr Rupert Murdoch ‘The truth is authoritarian governments do work!’ Hold that thought. It has been...

Criminalising protest

In another Sstate government descent into criminalising protest, to protect their own government’s sabotage of a liveable planet, last Thursday new laws were passed...

Mullum pods

First, Hans Lovejoy’s article ‘emergency wedged’ was educational, factual and provided valuable information to the community. Michele Grant’s letter (27 July) was emotive overgeneralisations...

Flood residents get $650 from Lismore Council

Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg today announced that 1,558 residents will receive a grant of $650 from the Lismore Flood Appeal.