A few little pieces we put together while watching “The LEGO Movie” (2014):
1. That buzz about the film’s inventiveness is right. This story of everyguy Emmet (Chris Pratt) cheerily toiling to save his world from oppressive Lord Business (Will Ferrell) shows more cleverness and is more narratively heartfelt than you’d ever expect from a toy showcase. Grown-ups, see if you don’t flash back to “Big” and its themes of childhood possibility.
2. Watching on disc isn’t a lesser viewing experience. The look of the film is so overwhelmingly dense — check out those rolling Lego seas! — you’ll be grateful for your rewind button.
3. Signature ditty “Everything Is Awesome!!!” isn’t necessarily laughing with us. To hear the film’s characters (save middlebrow Emmet) talk, it’s brain-colonizing dreck. Feels like we just stepped in mud, all right. (Hey, new brown shoes!)
4. Lego shares Disney’s power to deliver transportive magic that trumps cynicism. We smiled at the idea of Lego Star Wars a decade ago, but scoffed at seeing it beget Lego Harry Potter, Lego Tolkien. . . . And yet, it makes for anything-goes fun that recalls the mash-ups in “Toy Story” and “Roger Rabbit.” Extras: a how-to section on building onscreen thingamabobs like Emmet’s double-decker couch brightly encourages kids to ignore the instructions. Our favorite bonus: a segment on Lego design staffers recruited to lend their quirky build-whatever imagination to the film. As one designer unabashedly notes, the goal is something “super-impressive, but also something that will be easily translatable into a product.” Awesome! (Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99; 3-D, $59.98)
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014)
To put it in language that hopefully would gratify Ralph Fiennes’s concierge and finicky conservator of bygone grandeur: Might we suggest enjoying Wes Anderson’s latest with a “Lego” aperitif? Consider the shared sensibilities: the parading of characters from all avenues (including Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton, and “lobby boy” Tony Revolori, in this case). The visual detail with all the gleeful richness of a kid’s fantasia. Never mind wandering the lodgings — wrongly convicted Fiennes’s labyrinthine prison break feels like the encore Anderson has been itching to deliver since those “Steve Zissou” cross-sections. Extras: location tour with Bill Murray. (Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99)
WALK OF SHAME (2014)
We laugh thinking about Elizabeth Banks (inset) getting freaky with Steve Carell in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” She’s got a few sitcom stints on her resume, she’s pulling double-duty as director of “Pitch Perfect 2,” and she even brings some levity to “The Hunger Games” with her Effie Trinket fashion explosions. So we wondered why there was virtually no theatrical release for this romp casting her as an LA news anchor stranded after a one-night stand. Predictable answer: the would-be zaniness connects only fleetingly (and thanks more to Banks than the script). Maybe try catching her as a legit cartoon character in “The LEGO Movie.” (Universal, $19.98)Tom Russo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.