The Lego Movie– Movie Review
“Everything Is Awesome,” declares the main anthem of The Lego Movie. It’s supposed to be an embodiment of the bland, coformist, Brave-New-World-like society that our heroes are fighting; but it’s just so catchy and fun. Instead, the song is an embodiment of this surprisingly complex, far-reaching film, which finds acceptance for everyone, even the conformists.
Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt) is just an average Lego guy living in Bricksburg, cheerfully hoping that if he follows the totalitarian rules laid down by President Business (Will Ferrell), he will find happiness. To be fair, everyone in Bricksburg does seem really happy. But when Emmet finds a powerful object destined to stop Business from destroying the universe, he is declared to be the “special” one of prophecy. With the help of Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), Batman (Will Arnett), and others, Emmet tries to overcome the belief that he is a nobody, so they can save the world together.
Towards the end of the film though, things take a surprising metaphysical turn. The signs that the Lego pieces actually live in our human world, possibly in a junk drawer (like many Lego pieces), all pay off, and the story takes on a much deeper meaning. Overthinking the theological and scientific implications of the story isn’t required (or necessarily recommended), but it is possible in this case.
Basically, it’s the oddly-dark story of toys coming to life from Toy Story 3, with some Matrix thrown in. The Lego Movie also picks up the everyone-is-special/no-one-is-special theme explored by recent animated films like The Incredibles.
The script is amazingly zany. It’s no surprise that writers/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller started out in TV comedies like Clone High and How I Met Your Mother, as The Lego Movie pops with enough jokes and gags for an entire staff of writers. Running jokes, like a bad cop who always has a chair around to throw, are given plenty of time to play out; while other sequence are so packed with jokes, you can barely see them all before the moments pass.
One complaint about the movie might be that it’s too dark for its PG rating and toddler-friendly marketing. Sure, it’s a Lego head that gets sliced off, literally rolls across the floor, and then expires in front of our hero- but it’s still the head of a sentient, humanoid character. Throw in some black holes to nowhere and the prospect of the end of the whole universe, and it could be too much for a kids movie.
But if “Everything Is Awesome” doesn’t win an Oscar for composers The Lonely Island and collaborators Teagan and Sara, Andy Samberg and Co. will have been robbed.
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