The world of LEGO is an ever changing and creatively wonderful one. Until that is, President Businessman (named after a person “The Maker” knows) decides that all this change, unorganization, and general creativity is a bad thing. A very bad thing indeed. He steals the incredible weapon of power and plans to end the LEGO world as everyone knows it. Permanently.
Only “The Special” can stop this extreme power. It is up to him, Batman, Gandalf, Abraham Lincoln, and all the other master builders to stop President Businessman from his terrible plan. Thing is, “the special” is actually a ordinary construction builder. He has had only one original thought in his life. A double decker couch… And it is up to him to save the LEGO world.
Things I Liked
Emmet is the hero of this movie, even though he doesn’t meet any of the standard criteria. One thing he does have though, is optimism. This attitude spreads to the other master builders in the most disastrous of circumstances. He is honest and open with others about what he is feeling. Having lived life according to the rules, he has to learn what it means to be creative- which results in personal growth to a level that leads him to confronting the President.
While the master builders might be able to build a tank out of a saloon, what they lack in is teamwork. Each one wants to make the creation their own, which results in a cobbled together mess which usually falls apart. They learn, through Emmet, that instructions could in fact be a good thing, and that personal preferences are not as important and team goals. Through the film we see them overcome their selfish pride, and humble themselves into making things which are “Ordinary”.
Speaking of Ordinary, there is a very strong theme of “Believe in yourself”. Now before you roll you eyes about this overused message… Here, it actually has some bearing. See, Emmet followed the rules for so long, he had no identity inandof himself. Everything he did was because he was told to. This resulted in a person with no self worth because he had no self image. Through the movie, as Emmet learns more about himself, he realizes just how useless and boring he really is compared to the master builders. What he misses at first, then is taught (along with us) that “Ordinary” people are needed in this world just as much as “Master builders”. Everyone has a different ideas on how to do things, and it is those many ideas that make the world work.
It is also worth noting, The LEGO Movie is one of the most original films I have seen in a long time. It is incredibly animated and contains a story that has a strong pull and purpose. The creativity shown in the movie is super fun to watch, and makes you want to go home and pull out a bin of those plastic blocks to build what you’ve just seen, or something entirely new.
Things I Didn’t Like
Immature Toilet humor is found in various parts of the film. Butt, is used verbally, but also as gags when we see some mini figures making copies of their rear end. There is a TV show called “Where are my pants” where we see a yellow from the waist down mini figure looking for his trousers. Another “Naked” (yellow) figure is shown walking out the door for one second before realizing what he was doing. Also, a pirate makes a reference to how hard it is to wipe his rear with a hook.
Emmet is attracted to Wildstyle, which eventually builds up to the holding of hands. Not inappropriate persay, but needless in my opinion.
Other Things to be aware Of
As with any end of the world movie, there is going to be some violence. Indeed, in this plastic plated world- smash em up chaos is found at almost every turn. While none is to frightening or unnerving for the smaller kids, there are a few rather intense places to be wary of with young children. One instance is when a Character is about to be melted, another is when a mini figure is beheaded. (Then later appears as a ghost… floating from a string)
Otherwise, there is a rock-em-sock-em feel to the rest of the mishaps and conflicts which usually result in a pile of bricks, but everyone none the worse for the wear. President Businessman has an army of robots and drones which eventually pile up Phantom Menance style, but only after freezing several people in the city.
Going into this movie I had no idea what I was getting into. I was expecting a rather dumb and pointless film with lots of lame attempts at humor, but mostly falling apart in the end. Instead, I was incredibly surprised. Let me first say this movie should have failed on so many levels. It is so absurdly, ridiculously, and eclecticly put together that somehow, someway, it works. It just works. Much like the Lego creations we put together as kids, they were crazy, random, and unorganized… yet in the end- worked. This movie is the same way.
In good and (mostly) clean fun, We are shown Toy Story style what the LEGO world would look like to the mini figure eye. It is a marvelous and color filled feast full of chuckle worthy one-liners, minimal toilet humor, and a few good themes to boot. You aren’t going to have any life changing “aha” moments watching these LEGO people figure out how to save their world, but you will have fun watching the little revelations they have.
It is no award winning stud, but isn’t any knock off either. The LEGO movie is a truly original and humorous look at the good and bad of creativity- or lack thereof. Well put together, albeit a bit unorthodox, it will find you laughing, groaning, and nodding along with the characters as they discover the power of “ordinary” people, teamwork, and thinking outside the blocks. ;)