The Lego Movie is everything you hoped it would be, and more. Most likely the result of collective wishing by generations past and present The Lego Movie boasts fantastic animation, a wonderful voice cast and enough comedy to make your jaw ache.
Before its release you may be forgiven for your reservations of The Lego Movie, with a film completely made of one type of toy sounding like the world’s most convenient in-film advertisement, but the story of The Lego Movie retracts from any corporate trickery and brings together audiences of all ages to recall the limitless creativity that Lego has provided us over the decades.
This unadulterated and uncriticised inventiveness becomes the driving message for The Lego Movie, as you follow construction worker Emmet (Chris Pratt) from a nobody trying to fit the blocks of his life together, to the hero on a mission to stop President Business (Will Ferrell) from solidifying the world with the dreaded craft glue. The character of Emmet is a relatable soul who at first conforms to the instruction led life of the Bricksburg citizens, revelling in its overpriced coffee and infectious soundtrack, a pop song titled ‘Everything Is Awesome’ that is so catchy it will be ingrained in your memory for weeks after. A whole host of Lego legends arise to accompany Emmet on this journey, including Batman, Wonder Woman and a selection of characters from hugely popular Lego themes such as cowboys and pirates.
It is these realms of imagination where most of the action takes place, as the characters seek refuge and inspiration on the Wild West and space dimensions. True to its non-corporate ideals, The Lego Movie features the less successful expansions such as Fabuland and Galidor, although these appear in fleeting and satirical moments. Whilst the film features a star-studded Lego cast, the inclusion of the voice of Morgan Freeman as a wise mage solidifies The Lego Movie in its epic status.
The back to reality twist to the film shows us that every creation we built with Lego was an expression of ourselves and how we see the world around us. This message may seem a bit soggy when you struggle to find meaning in the strange and structurally unsound inventions of your past, but after travelling with Emmet on his journey to save the world and realise his potential, the scene with real people becomes a poignant and emotional moment that gives us a wider view of the hands at work in the story.
On the surface The Lego Movie is a family-friendly exciting adventure, made of the toy we have all loved and learned with. Breaking off the top layer of bricks we find homage to our childhoods, and story which explores our bond with Lego in terms of both escapism and the familial relationships which made playing with Lego just as enjoyable as watching The Lego Movie, in all its hyper action and hilarious characters.
Words by Louise Egan