After spending hundreds of dollars in Legos for my kids over the years, I felt compelled to take them to see this much anticipated movie, The Lego Movie. Initially, I felt this movie was overrated, but after watching it, I could appreciate its merit. My kids were delighted with the dynamic animated action and popular likable superheroes minifigurines. I and other adults alike were pleased to reminiscent with the superheroes that we grew up with, but this time, our most favourite characters living in the Lego world.
The Lego Movie was full of creativity, imagination, and fun. The movie casts an average LEGO minifigure, construction worker Emmet who is erroneously identified as the most “special” person who can save the world, the Lego world. The movie centers on the tension between individual creativity which encourage interrogation, the ability to think, innovate and create, versus conformist ideals, living in a world of soft dictatorship with a wicket ruler. Glue is used as metaphor for evil, the wicket ruler who uses it against those with “deviant” behaviour, those who want to innovate or create a new meaning. In fact, in contemporary terms, the ruler can be compared to a corporation, where the desire to conform with the rules of power is dictated. Hence, The Lego Movie is a satire that speaks of the material world that compels us to conformity and constraining our freedom and creativity.
The so called “Master Builders” is comprised of a council of superheroes. They add to the narrative on the ability to create with speed, usefulness and courage to circumvent adversity. As for the roles each superhero played, Batman is the only superhero in the forefront. However, Batman’s character is ambiguous as he is depicted as a caring, but also as an unfaithful at times. Moreover he is also characterized as a self-center character. In essence, the moral of the movie, is not that of an ordinary person turning into a superhero or hero, but the importance of the creative spirit. The movie highlights the freedom to create and think, and the importance of being able to contribute to the world that we live in by creating new ways, perhaps new possibilities. The movie is conceptually well-founded, and visually exciting. However, I am not quite sure if the youngsters watching this film really understood the moral of the story.
On big idea that the movie ends up with is to believe in yourself. The movie also plays a very catchy song entitled “Everything is Awesome,” which resonates in everyone’s head, and parents like me sing it to their kids, although we know, ‘not everything is awesome.’
I really appreciated the movie for the kids, but as for the adults, I think I would have rather watched The Monuments Man.
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