Never have I felt so much joy and delight after watching a film.
I’ve felt many great things after watching some of my favourite films, things like awe and inspiration, things like wonder and excitement, but I can definitely say that when I finished watching The Lego Movie I had huge amounts of giddy joy, and ridiculous delight as I’d been taken on a nostalgic, crazy ride in to the realm of my childhood imagination. This movie is fun!
It’s a weird, outrageous movie that will probably be enjoyed for more by adults than by children. I don’t feel this film is aimed at children at all, besides perhaps, the age restriction. I’m sure some kids will enjoy large parts of it, but I think you truly have to have lived a fair amount of life and consumed fair amounts of popular culture over the last few years or decades to truly be able to appreciate everything going on in here. I don’t for one second think that I full grasp of everything in this film, particular with such a brilliant, fast-paced script, which is full to the brim with pop culture references. I could start listing them here, but it would be far too long and futile. I would like to highlight two of my favourite cameos (or supporting characters) that literally had me punching the air in some moments.
The first would be Batman. It was no surprise that he was going to be in the film, but he was just utilized incredibly well, and like all the characters in the film, he was just endowed with such personality that you couldn’t help but love him.
(Minor Spoiler) My other favourite appearance was that of the Millennium Falcon and her crew. As a massive Star Wars fan it was the number one moment of the film for me, as it completely blind-sided me and took me by surprise. I understand that if you’re reading this and haven’t seen the film, you will not be able to have the same experience.
The Lego movie is held together by both it’s script and execution. It has a clear (if crazy) story and a very obvious social commentary on the world today. I would even go so far as to say that the film contains a religious commentary too, and I will not dive into this, but there is definitely a “view point” taken on who God is and what he’s like, that underlies the entire film.
There’s a tonne going on here, especially in the second act where we are moving from world to world. It’s as if the film-makers feel like they had one shot and needed to throw everything they could into it. For the most part it works, and the chaos just adds to the fun. The whirlwind trip down memory lane makes you feel like a tourist visiting a city you’ve dreamt about seeing for years as you begin pointing out all the sites you’ve seen on TV or in magazines when you were a kid – “Hey, there’s LEGO ghost”, “Hey, there’s 80’s Spaceman”, “Hey look, lego horses!”, “Lego pieces as shower water!”.
Ultimately, the film’s biggest strength is that it grips you emotionally – it really does. Our lead character Emmet, portrayed by the high-flying Chris Pratt is the perfect everyman, and despite what appears to be simple animation on his face, you really care for him. The animation in general serves the story, and the world so well. The blank-faced little lego man really grabs your heart and his little journey to discover that he matters will at least make you think about your life and consider the worth of the individual human life.
I will leave genuinely happy, thinking that ‘everything is awesome’.