I hope you appreciate, like “Voldemort”, I did not mention the name of the Disney song that must not be named. Please let us agree to never utter that three word title within an ear shot of any dad. Good.
Today I am super stoked The Lego Movie comes out on DVD. Maybe this time I’ll actually get to see it.
Yes, The Lego Movie is a bone of contention in my family. I chose to watch football when my wife took the kids to Frozen. I didn’t mind skipping that one. But The Lego Movie was going to be Dad’s. I couldn’t wait. All three of my kids, even the girl, love building Legos. We also are fans of Lego Chima and the surprisingly funny, Lego Star Wars shows on Cartoon Network. When I first saw the trailer for a Lego movie, I was giddy as a schoolboy.
I’m a big fan of Chris Pratt and was excited to see him in a leading role. His character’s name is Emmet like my youngest. Also Will Arnett has been my favorite comedic actor since Arrested Development, and, unlike Ben Affleck, he’s perfectly cast as Batman. I had a friend involved in the movie too, so for plenty of reasons, I was pumped to take the kids to one movie this year.
The only problem is the movie came out the week of school’s midwinter break. If you’re like me, you’ve never heard of a midwinter break until you moved north. As everyone knows, the best way to keep people from losing their minds through winter is to close schools an extra week and force parents to entertain their restless children. My wife had taken off work this week even though we had no plans to go anywhere. On day one of the break, the claws were out and she was scratching at the door to escape. I had only this one day to work and then the rest of the week off to do nothing with family. Leaving for work, I pleaded with the wife to wait one day for all of us to go see Lego Movie together. Well, let’s just say, I understand when a parent with a house full of children must do what they must do to survive.
She felt bad but intended to make me feel better by telling me how awesome it was. From my cynical pre-teen daughter to my six-year-old scaredy cat, everyone loved it. The wife apologized and insisted I just take the kids to see it again. Good idea.
The next week, I took the kids to the theater anxious to learn why everyone was singing that “Everything is Awesome” song. In line to get tickets, my dreams met an insurmountable force; pre-teen girls. All my daughter’s friends were in line to see the new Peabody and Sherman movie. Where they went, my kids wanted to follow. With Dad’s movie wish now up for debate, the youngest made his whiney pitch to see Frozen again. No way. I compromised by napping through Peabody. Oh, well.
Three months later now and everywhere I go some boy is singing “Everything is Awesome!” Like the song that must not be named I missed out on this cultural phenomenon. Yet this time, I care.
Today could be the day I am let in to the club. But fate has once again dealt me an unforeseen obstacle. The whole family except me is sick. They all are home on this Tuesday that The Lego Movie is finally out on DVD and, uh oh, pay per view?! Will they wait for me to watch it tonight? We know if everything is awesome then no need to wait for Dad. I better wrap this up.