Hello to everyone!
My name is Nathan and I'm a long time user of Brickipedia. I'm an AFOL and a member of my local LUG (NMLUG) as well as a collector and LEGO investor.
While I'm typically an administrator at the Marvel Database, I had an opportunity to screen the upcoming LEGO documentary, A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY, (released in the US nationwide on July 31st), as well as interview the directors (Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson) and world-renowned brick artist Nathan Sawaya on behalf of Brickipedia at San Diego Comic Con this year (SDCC 2015).
Here is the resulting video, as well as my review of the film:
I'm always tentative about new movies, but the advertising for this film had me excited. Everywhere I looked, I saw that classic LEGO face, staring back at me and smiling intently knowing I'm the target demographic and will be seeing the film multiple times.
I went in thinking this would be like the handful of short documentary style videos I'd found around the internet. We would see the old story of how the company started, and end somewhere in the factories today showcasing their monstrous facilities and the incredible automation therein.
As the movie started, we were greeted with a familiar voice and the face of the advertisements. Our guide on the journey would be a stop-motion animated LEGO minifigure voiced by Jason Bateman.
We were indeed taken through the history of the company, yet I learned more than I had previously. (The company's factory had burned down more times than I knew about).
Eventually, we were brought through the broad range of current applications for our favorite plastic bricks, from social therapy to high-end art, with beautiful examples of each one.
The myriad of acronyms in the world of the Adult Fan of Lego (AFOL) are explained and we are introduced to a handful of fans of all ages. LEGO convention-goers will recognize many faces as the film visits a few cons itself.
Even LEGO fans who only follow social media will recognize the biggest builds in the film, as the models showcased are so incredible they've made national news in the past.
Overall, the film does an excellent job of portraying just how massive LEGO fandom has become, and enlightens even the most devoted fans as to the company's feelings towards their consumers today.
If you like LEGO, (and you probably do since you're reading this on a LEGO fansite), see this film. I'll bet you learn something new.