Written by Logan Welliver. Media by Paul Anderson
“Everything is Awesome.” These are the words that will come from the mouth of just about everybody who sees The LEGO Movie. I am here to inform you that that statement is inaccurate. It is NOT awesome. It is NOT a lot of things. For example, it is NOT just for children and it is NOT made for children. It is NOT a generic story with Legos thrown in. It is NOT boring. It is NOT dumb. And you will NOT walk out of the theater without crying from the sheer joy and laughter of the experience. The LEGO movie may be the greatest and most uplifting thing to ever insert itself upon the silver screen; it is so much more than awesome.
There are two ways to look at The LEGO Movie – from a movie standpoint and from the standpoint of someone who has grown up playing with Legos. If a person walks into the theater trying to separate those two aspects, they will rob themselves of the big picture. The movie draws from the philosophy of Legos. No Lego set is required to be just one way. Legos can be absolutely anything you want them to be, and anything created by anybody awesome.
The LEGO Movie begins by introducing Emmett, the “anybody” of this story. His life is governed by a set of instructions. He leads a simple, uninteresting life. He is also the most seemingly generic character ever assembled. The LEGO Movie is the story of Emmett overcoming his non-creative self to save the LEGO world from becoming non-creative, and he does this in the most creative way.
The movie is entertaining and silly enough to make any child laugh with glee and keep them talking for hours. It also has a depth to keep the child in every adult thinking and pondering their life many hours after the movie has ceased. The movie is marketed to children, but the bottom line is that it’s intended for everyone.
The Lego movie is by far my favorite movie of this year; it charms the heart, while adding depth and logic to absurdity. It is as if a child is playing with the Legos themselves, and that is the heart of this film. It is how a child would tell a story. It is a young boy sitting down with all of his Legos gathered around him, telling a somewhat cliché tale of an unlikely minifigure that determines the fate of the world. This story is filled with fantastic morals and joy.
If anyone needs a movie to cheer their heart and make them feel good all over, then this is the movie is for you. If you’re not looking for that in a movie, this movie is still for you because I cannot imagine anyone disliking this movie. The Lego movie is for everyone and a riot until the very end.
The LEGO Movie gets 500 bleeding feet out of 500.