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BOOK REVIEW: Brick Flicks by Warren Elsmore

| 2 October 2014 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Brick Flicks by Warren Elsmore
Allen & Unwin, 1 October 2014, rrp$24.99
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
9.5/10

Brick Flicks book cover

The mutually inclusive crossover between movie geek and Lego fan on the Venn Diagram of life may be rather niche, but it is enough to justify this tome of 60 recreations of famous movie scenes using only the iconic Danish bricks, customised mini-figures, and a lot of love.

No genre is excluded here, from Sci Fi (2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Blade Runner, Flash Gordon et al) and Horror (Dracula, Psycho, The Shining) through to classics (Ben-Hur, Brickfast [sic] At Tiffany’s, Casablanca, Citizen Kane, The Good The Bad & The Ugly, King Kong, Saturday Night Fever, Wayne’s World and more),

Coming off the back of the excellent Lego Movie from earlier this year, not to mention the Lego Star Wars series of shorts from recent years, perhaps the time is right for more Lego-movie mashups?

If there’s a downside to Brick Flicks it’s that many of the scene setups are completed using customised figures and pieces – a by-product of working on such a small scale with limited depth of field, apparently – thus putting them out of the reach of the household Lego aficionado. If they make a follow-up book that details more interactive scenes, I daresay they’ll have a new craze on their hands (and perhaps a new range of Lego sets in the shops?)

Shane

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