Review: In ‘A Lego Brickumentary,’ Master Builders Working and Playing


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Legos and the fans who gather to discuss that building medium in “A Lego Brickumentary.”

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You’d expect “A Lego Brickumentary” to be an extended plug for Lego products, and it is certainly that — to an extent. (Lego did not finance the film.) And this nimble, expertly paced family-friendly film by Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson dutifully covers the origins of the Lego company in Billund, Denmark, and its growth into a global toy brand rivaling Mattel and Hasbro. But it delves into other things: how engineers and psychologists have employed the pieces as tools, and the ways in which people have adopted Legos as a medium to realize their creative visions.

Sure, there are celebrity endorsements — the pop singer Ed Sheeran; Trey Parker, a co-creator of “South Park”; and the N.B.A. player Dwight Howard testify to the value of building with Legos (and Jason Bateman narrates the film). But more interesting testimonials, to use fan parlance, come from AFOLs (Adult Fans of Lego) in LUGs (Lego User Groups), who assemble in the movie at conventions in Seattle and Chicago. We meet Adam Reed Tucker, an architect building miniature Lego skyscrapers; David Pagano, a New York filmmaker specializing in Lego stop-motion animation (“brickfilms”); and Nathan Sawaya, an artist whose show “The Art of the Brick” comes to Times Square in the course of filming.

Most movingly, we learn how Dr. Daniel LeGoff, who treats autistic children in New Jersey, has used Legos in his practice, and how Adrian Pitt, a New York City child in speech and language therapy, has benefited from the plastic bricks. “A Lego Brickumentary” might be a resounding cheer for a brand, but it’s an eye-opener, too.

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A Lego Brickumentary

If you thought you knew the world of LEGO, you don’t know brick. Step into the amazing real-life world of the global phenomenon that will captivate fans of all ages.


By Radius TWC on Publish Date May 6, 2015.


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