On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies—and the occasional TV show—in full, spoiler-filled detail. Below, Slate film critic Dana Stevens talks with Slate senior editor David Haglund about The LEGO Movie, the surprisingly well reviewed new film based on popular plastic toys. Is the movie a sweet, rollicking epic, or a two-hour advertisement? Could it be both? What makes it work as well as it does?
Listen to them discuss these and other questions below. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials in our archive, and you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Note: As the title indicates, each installment contains spoilers galore.
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