I think the key to Legos is creativity. The ability to venture into different worlds with different figures opens up realms of possibilities for minds both young and old. Building, creating your own adventure and having the ability to play with some of your favorite heroes is what makes Lego special. The Lego Movie understands this notion completely and executes it in film like nothing I have seen before. Writer/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have crafted a movie that not only captures that sense of adventure with these toys but instills the idea into kids brains that everyone is special in their own unique way.
Who would of thought that The Lego Movie would be a deep film? I mean, dang, I would of never thought that a movie like this would be incorporating ideas from George Orwell’s 1984 and pulling them off so well. The Lego Movie follows Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), a regular guy who is living in Brickopolis. Emmet, much like everyone else in the city, follows the instructions. He gets ready the same way, he watches the same TV show, he goes and buys the same overpriced coffee and he listens to the same repetitive (but highly addictive) song on the radio.
But everything changes for Emmet when he runs into Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and finds the “piece of resistance” which according to the prophecy, will save the world. The story is pretty simple but at the same time that’s what makes it great. We didn’t come here to see a ground breaking story, we came to laugh at Legos and see a ton of awesome cameos (which did happen.) But Lord and Miller still decided to blow us away with a story that not only made us look inside ourselves but how we view others.
Emmet is the nicest thing ever but when he disappears and they are questioning why he might be important, all the people he knows can’t recount him. To make matters worse, when Wyldstyle finds out that he really isn’t “the special,” she ostracizes him because he isn’t a master builder like herself. Being different in this world is bad, it is a world that asks everyone to conform to the schedule and bidding of President Business (Will Ferrell). While it may be something that is too deep for a kids movie, Lord and Miller pull it off so that every age group can appreciate a lesson that came naturally rather than being forced down your throat like some animated movie do.
It was a lesson that kids could relate to and was handled delicately. But most of all, the movie was a load of fun for all ages. The jokes never stop and the cameos that pop up make the film even more better. Much like in their previous movies, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, Lord and Miller have a knack for picking out everyday, normal moments and making you laugh by them. Whether it is an altered voice or an over reaction, the small moments make you laugh the most because they are stuff you see daily. This instance is just a lot funnier because it was voiced by Liam Neeson.
The Lego Movie is honestly a perfect movie because it works on multiple levels and has entertainment for kids, teens, and adults. It is a movie I just can’t imagine anyone hating because it is just so much fun the entire time. But maybe I shouldn’t tout it so much and think everyone should like it because wasn’t that the point of the movie? Not conforming. But the song did say everything is cool when you’re part of a team.