Tuesday, September 18, 2018

LEGO House - Home of the Brick (2018)

After having watched The Toys That Made Us, I noticed two different documentaries.  Each seemed to be an expansion of one of the show’s episodes.  The first one I watched was on the He-Man franchise.  The second was LEGO House.  My first impression was that it was about all things LEGO.  I soon realized that it was only about the museum.

The documentary specifically covers construction of the museum in Billund, Denmark. You might ask yourself, “Why Billund?”  That happens to be where the company was first founded 60 years ago.   Sure, a major city like New York or Tokyo might have attracted more visitors.  I don’t think of Billund as among the world’s major tourist destinations.

That’s where the documentary is probably going to attract people.  I don’t think I’m going to fly to Denmark just for the museum.  It at least gives you an idea of what it’s like.  In fact, it comes across more like the video version of a brochure.  There’s a very shiny feel to the transitions.  It hits a lot of the main features, like the cafeteria and the basement.  It shows how people interact with the different areas.

The movie does acknowledge adult fans of LEGO, or AFOL.  I wouldn’t think that most adults would feel comfortable there without bringing there kids, but there is a grown-up segment to the LEGO fandom.  Adult users of LEGO do seem like a largely misunderstood segment.  Mostly, it seems to be people who do larger builds.  The museum houses a few of the better ones.

I could see a lot of people watching a few minutes of this documentary and moving along.  It’s not going to be for everyone.  I think most people who never used LEGO will just shrug.  I’m not sure how many fans of LEGO will watch the documentary, as anyone who might be interested in the subject would probably be inclined to just go.  Basically, it’s the perfect documentary for streaming.

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