Last weekend Katie and I took off for a quick jaunt to the Twin Cities for our godson’s birthday. You know we love that part of our family because we left NC just as spring was springing, trading the gorgeous weather for the cold and snowy northern Midwest. It was very worth it, though, because not only did we get to celebrate our nephew’s birthday, we were able to spend relaxed time with much of the rest of Katie’s family as well.
The trip was fun and afforded us the opportunity to watch two children-oriented movies that we might not otherwise have seen: Frozen and The LEGO Movie. Given all the buzz around Frozen, I expected to love it more than I actually did. It was visually beautiful and I admired that it didn’t send a lesson to young girls that their fulfillment solely depends on the attraction of some prince. There were some funny parts, too, and I particularly enjoyed all the Scandinavian-ish-ness in the setting and characters. However, it was hard for me to connect with the story – the characters’ motivations and actions seemed pretty unbelievable – and I found the music to be unoriginal – if I would have closed my eyes, I would have sworn I were listening to Wicked!
The LEGO Movie, on the other hand, I found surprisingly enjoyable. Possibly I was biased by my love of LEGOs, or possibly by all the business cases we did at IMD on how LEGO was leveraging its brand to innovate in other media. Possibly I identified more with a male protagonist, or possibly I just had lower expectations for a silly movie – which it definitely was. At the end of the day, though, the song from The LEGO Movie is the one stuck in my head.
Now that we are back in North Carolina, we’re hoping to thaw out a bit – and I’m hoping to enjoy my last week as a 34-year-old!