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When it was announced last year that the heroes in a half-shell at the center of the reboot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were going to be aliens, Internet fanboys threw a fit, calling it blasphemy. The vitriolic response to the change was confounding the longer one thought about it, though, as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have always been dumb, even at their best.
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Remember when you played with toys as a kid and one fantasy scenario would lead right into the next? Wolverine, Donatello, and Scrooge McDuck could race the Batmobile across the deck of the Titanic, before suddenly warping to the moon and playing a game of darts with Bart Simpson, and it all made a twisted kind of sense. It’s that childlike sense of genius randomness that makes The LEGO Movie the first great movie of 2014.