The Lego Movie
In the case of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Lego Movie, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, there is no limitation. And such is the setting for a world of Lego where we are introduced to Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), an ordinary construction worker who follows the rules of the handbook passed out to the entire population by President Business (Will Ferrell).
Emmet is a guy who lives in a society where “ordinary” is a compliment and rules are meant to be followed, not questioned, but are done so willingly because, as is heard quite often in the movie’s theme, Everything Is Awesome.
When faced with a situation where the rules no longer apply, Emmet can no longer hide amongst the anonymity of mediocrity. Now deemed the “Special” by a group of underworld citizens who are out to save the world from President Business’ secret weapon, the Kragle, Emmet is trapped between his rule-abiding ways and expectations put upon him to come up with a creative plan to save the world.
Lego has been undergoing a resurgence recently. While the Lego Movie could be interpreted as an extended, very attractive advertisement for the toy, the film benefits from an imaginative plot, quick and clever delivery, plus an impressive list of voice-actors that include Pratt and Ferrell as well as Elizabeth Banks (as Wyldstyle), Will Arnett (Batman), Nick Offerman (Metal Beard), Morgan Freeman (Vitruvius) and many more notable names. This is the movie nobody would want to turn down.
The idea of it essentially serving as an ad for a billion dollar company isn’t lost on the film, either. In amidst the quick-witted and often hilarious dialogue, The Lego Movie openly mocks corporate culture. Super expensive coffee, the 9-5 corporate lifestyle, repetitive and unoriginal television and radio. And they’re all awesome.
Yet, despite the mockery of this lifestyle, there’s a certain irony of a fringe group – who call themselves the Master Builders – depending on this banner corporate citizen to save the world.
Maybe there’s some statement behind that. Or many it’s not as deep as political philosophy could suggest and the statement is simply one of open-minded collaboration and acceptance. But these are merely factors for something that Lego has always supported: creativity. As such, it boasts creativity and its uses for solving problems.
The Lego Movie is surprisingly appealing to a wide demographic. While obviously a kid’s movie, adults were kept in mind through the whole process, which is impressive when considered that barely a moment goes by that something funny doesn’t happen and all without resorting to overused cliches or low-brow humour. It’s a test of our own imagination and how far it can take us. And it’s refreshingly hilarious.