“Everything is Awesome”. That’s not just the catchy working theme from the movie, but it also pretty well describes this whole film. The Lego Movie is definitely a kids movie but, as we all know, kids movies have to be multi-layered in order to entertain not only children but the adults who have to get them to the movies. This movie succeeds on being smart and entertaining for the modern parent demographic at a level that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before.
The protagonist of the story is Emmet (Chriss Pratt), an exceptionally plain construction worker who lives by the rules in a dystopian Lego world controlled by President Business (Will Ferrell). Business wants to crush creativity in the Lego world so that things never change (because, who likes change). To that end he’s suppressed the master builders, a group of characters with the ability to build pretty much anything out of their surroundings. Business also plans to freeze everyone and everything by using the “Kragle”. The only one who can stop President Business is a master builder called “The Special” who can destroy the Kragle and save the world. One day, while leaving his job site Emmet runs across Wildstyle, a Master Builder searching for the “Piece of Resistance”, the item that will identify The Special. Emmet unwittingly falls down into the construction/demolition site and gets the Piece of Resistance stuck to him. This gets him caught up in the world of the fight between President Business and the Master Builders.
As you’d expect with names like “President Business” this movie makes a living off of obvious stereotypes and one dimensional characters. The thing it does really well is taking those single dimensions to extremes to a point where they’re still understandable for children but absurd enough to be funny to adults. On top of that it’s really fast paced and delivers jokes at a few different levels. Especially when the movie first starts. The whole montage/introduction where we see Emmet preparing for his day is so dense with jokes that it’s hard to keep up with all of them. I’d be surprised if you don’t come out of the movie with 5 or so favorite quotes/jokes from the movie and (unlike most movies) they probably won’t even be things that you already saw in the previews. Some of my favorite quotes/moments:
- “You didn’t let me finish, because I died.”
- “I only work in black and sometimes very, very dark grey.”
- “I super hate you”
- “Business, business, business. Numbers. Is this working?”
- Batman’s music
- “Hi, I’m President Business, president of the Octan corporation and the world. Let’s take extra care to follow the instructions or you’ll be put to sleep, and don’t forget Taco Tuesday’s coming next week.”
- I know that sounds like a cat poster, but it’s true.
The movie also looks really good considering the medium. It is an animated movie, but the designers and animators really went out of their way to make things look like they were really constructed with Legos and even animated it closer to a stop-motion style. The whole thing ties together really well and they even have a bit of a twist at the end (which I won’t spoil) that’s not a complete surprise but does a really good job of kind of hiding in the background of the movie and in the back of the viewer’s mind until it’s revealed.
There’s just so much positive to say about this movie, the story is good, the voice acting is really good, the comedy is outstanding for the movie and it does all of this while being appropriate for all ages. Definitely go out and watch this movie and then go buy it when it comes out on Blu-Ray/DVD.