The Lego Movie (dir. Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, 2014) – Mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, an ordinary LEGO mini-figure is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together.
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 one’s play time. The crazy idea of The Lego Movie draws from a child’s imagination, where things are mostly wondrous and fun. But they can get wild and chaotic at times too.
Jokes stemming from multiple franchises turn out a mixed bag of hits-or-misses. And atop the lack of coherence in the narrative, much of the humour will appeal more to the slapstick crowd. Before fans start wishing that I step on Legos, I will clarify that the 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 set in your playpen. In fact, The Lego Movie has managed to put together the Justice League way before the DC cinematic universe has. All kidding aside, how often do films get such a fantastic galaxy, in which this many pop culture icons can all co-exist in?
Batman, Abraham Lincoln, Michelangelo (the turtle), Michelangelo (the painter) and more get together, and the 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 bring a smile to 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. All thanks to the true master builders, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
With The Lego Movie, toy-based movies have regained some validity to their existence, as we put Hasbro’s disappointing Battleship(wreck) behind int he past. Every minute is a reminder of how our childhood used to be – many a times senseless but nonetheless amusing entertainment.
Nostalgic charm and general geekdom solidarity come into play, and 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: