My rating: 7
IMDB rating: 7.9
IMDB link: The Lego Movie
I went into this movie, expecting to hate its obvious humour and ridiculous characters, but I came out very surprised…
The humour in this movie is anything but obvious! Subtle references and clever sarcasm made this movie extremely enjoyable. They even employed satire, here and there, but very cleverly hidden. Your knowledge of all these characters and their subsequent worlds need to be quite good to get all the references (I know I missed a few!).
This movie definitely comments on, in very plain terms, the inns and outs of totalitarian rule. It actually reminds one of Orwell’s 1984; there is at one point a poster floating by showing President Business, with the slogan “I’ve got my eye on you”, followed by a shot of a physical camera watching the workers. President Business takes it a step further by wanting to glue all his subjects to the ground, in so doing forcing them into submission, into his idea of a ‘perfect’ world.
Emmet gets a manual on how to do basically everything in his life (how to make friends and fit in), the workers also follow instructions by the letter (instructing them to destroy anything ‘weird’). The song that everyone so enthusiastically sing is also another way of pressurising everyone into conformity, by stressing the fact that one does better in a team.
In the end, when the man upstairs is revealed, this totalitarian rule is maybe a big comment on styles of parenting as well as the relationship between a father and his child. The need for children to express themselves creatively is underlined as the whole story is a cry for the parent to notice and play with his child.
I am always afraid of watching animations because my knowledge of graphics and such is very scarce. That being said, this film is, visually, like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Waves of Lego pieces, buildings being built and then demolished make for quite the visual treat.
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