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February 18, 2014

‘Lego Movie’ a spectacular adventure, empowering message

Movie Review — Although I tend to give quite a bit of leeway when it comes to films and it usually doesn’t take much especially when they are animated to enjoy, every now and again there is an entry so good that I still can be pleasantly surprised. It’s a breath of fresh air after a rather below average 2013 (save “Frozen as well as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”) where I still had fun, but didn’t feel some of the magic that recaptures the childhood joy of visiting the cinema.

I’m sure some of my readers may be getting tired of hearing praises of “Wreck It Ralph,” or “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” but this is falls into a similar category of flick where a world most of us have only seen in our own imaginations is beautifully executed on the giant screen. It’s simply a film that blew away even my most positive expectations and this is taking into account I had no doubts that I would enjoy it in the first place. “The Lego Movie” starts out with the expected fun of seeing classic Lego characters take on an adventure in a way only blocky toys can portray and then ultimately goes straight past goofy to the heart of every audience member.

In stereotypically evil fashion, the movie starts off with the villain, Lord/President Business (Will Ferrell), adding to the power of his empire by stealing a weapon called the Kragle. Though the guardian of the weapon and wizard protector of all, Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), fails to stop this dastardly fiend, he does predict that one day a special Lego dude will rise up and stop him.

Cue the several years later transition to an everything is awesome and nice Lego city, where most people pretty much obey the establishment, including the most unlikely hero Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt). He is happy never thinking outside the instructions as well as being oblivious of any problems, that is until he meets Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks), a master builder who is searching for the item that will help stop Business and his evil scheme. So of course, Emmet pulls a Jerry Lewis and accidently becomes the only one capable of making the world safe again, much to the chagrin of others who will create a super team of heroes from Bat Man (Will Arnett) to 1980s space astronaut guy (Benny Day).

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Indian Meridian and Grant Wreck

Pauls Valley firefighters and police were at the scene as a truck gets hooked up to be towed after being involved in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday morning. There were no injuries in the accident at the well traveled and increasingly dangerous intersection of West Grant and Indian Meridian streets.

Prep Team Finish

The Pauls Valley Panther Prep Team finished second in the OK Kids State Tournament losing in the championship game to Weathford 11-9. Members of the team are sitting right to left Chase Sawyer, Jared Perry, Kaleb Galaviz, Tyler Thompson, Clint Cosby and Ethan Gonzalez. Back row from left are coach Colby Arie, Jeremy Sawyer, Keegan Moore, Tyler Butts, Matt Perry and coach Greg Perry.

  • Lisa D. Brinkley

    Lisa D. Brinkley of Springdale, Arkansas was born to Clarence (C. L.) and Bertha (Wright) Pelfrey on November 3, 1947 in Yuba City, California and passed from this life on July 15, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 66 years.

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  • Roger Glen Clayton

    Roger Glen Clayton, of Wynnewood, was born April 22, 1960 in Arizona to Sonny B. and Wanda Ruth (Riddle) Clayton. He passed away July 10, 2014 in Newcastle, Oklahoma at the age of 54 years.

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  • Reba Joyce Dawson

    Reba Joyce Dawson of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma was born to Ben and Gertie Mae (Gates) Crawford Jr. on July 28, 1934 in Carthage, Texas and passed from this life on July 8, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 79 years.

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  • Lawatha Dean Gilley

    Lawatha Dean Gilley, of Pauls Valley, passed away July 8, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 80 years.

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Community News
State News
  • Purcell, Lex bridge ready for traffic

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  • Robbery Suspect Search on after bank robbery

    A manhunt is on for a lone man who robbed a Pauls Valley bank early Monday afternoon.

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Entertainment Reviews
Dawn of Apes Poster

Poster for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," showing this week at the Royal Twin Theater of Pauls Valley.

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