The Lego Movie (dir. Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, 2014) – An ordinary LEGO mini-figure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.
Perhaps not everything is awesome, but what The Lego Movie lacks, it bricks up with great fun.
We all go a little mad sometimes. Who knew, that one day we will all gladly sit through a full-length feature of a young child’s play time. Sometimes, it’s wondrous and imaginative. More often than not, it’s wild and mad.
With so much going on, things get chaotic at times and cost the film some of its coherence. Jokes stemming from multiple franchises seem to be a mixed bag of hits-or-misses, and much of the humour will appeal more to the slapstick crowd. Before you fans start wishing that I step on Legos, let me finish. That very insanity did play to its weakness as much as it did its strength.
On the bright and colourful side, just about anything seems possible when you have that wide assortment of Lego sets right in your playpen. In fact, The Lego Movie has managed to put together Justice League before DC has. All kidding aside, how often do films get such a fantastic universe in which this many pop culture icons can all exist in?
Batman, Abraham Lincoln, Michelangelo (the turtle), Michelangelo (the painter) and more. A motley crew of minifigures is what brings so much fun to the simple plot, based on a bland Accidental Hero trope. Just watching out for the cameos will put a smile on your face. The amazing voice cast, especially Will Arnett as Batman, livens it up. All while the CG animation impresses with real Lego likeness.
Self-aware parodies of beloved characters from comic-books carry a hint of nostalgia, as much as the yellow mini-figures themselves do. This relatable element is not the only stretch to the real world. The narrative cleverly reveals itself brick by brick to be a layered reflection of our reality that pits corporate conformity against creativity. Thanks, master builders Phil Lord and Christopher Miller!
Thanks to the The Lego Movie, toy-based movies have gained an antithesis to the disappointing Battleship(wreck) from Hasbro. Every minute is a reminder of how our childhood playtime used to be – many a times senseless but nonetheless fun, amusing entertainment.
With nostalgic charm and general geekdom solidarity coming into play, it is easy to see past the flaws. Moreover, what can go wrong when you have the Batman taking most of the ribbing?
And in case you’re wondering if I myself am a Lego fan: