The Lego Movie is a truly unique kids’ movie.
As a parent, there are movies you go see for your kids. Every thing about it is forgettable, except its wretchedness.
The story is non-existent or might as well be. The characters are shallow stereotypes. You simply suffer through and hope your kids don’t ask for the DVD.
I feel asleep during Turbo. I think it was my body’s survival mechanism kicking in.
Then there are the films, which make you thankful to have children so you don’t seem like the weird grown-up man sitting by himself in the theater crowded full of kids.
That’s The Lego Movie. To continue the pun from the post title, it just clicks – everything fits together.
Yes, in some ways, it is a commercial for the brick building toys, but I’m glad to see my boys inspired to use their imagination and step away from the video games to create something from their imagination.
Besides, millions of Americans watch the Super Bowl every year explicitly for the commercials, so spare me the complaints about a kids’ movie being an ad for toys. Has there been one in the last 20 years that wasn’t?
From the trailers, I had fairly high hopes for The Lego Movie. It seemed funny and interesting, which is my bare minimum requirements for kids’ movies.
But the more I read about it, the more it seemed like this would be a winner – like a Pixar-level winner – where the kids are entertained and gain life insights, while I’m not offended morally or aesthetically.
The writing was witty – not I-snuck-a-sexual-innuendo-in-this-kids-movie-to-give-the-parents-a-laugh-witty, but I-weaved-hilarious-cultural-references-through-out-the-movie-to-genuinely-appeal-to-the-parents-witty.
Not to mention, it was self-deprecating. The film was aware of itself in a fun way, weaving together disjointed Lego kits together to make one cohesive Lego universe.
I suppose I should have expected a move set in a world where all the pieces fit together, but I never expected this movie to be able to pull off all that it does.
It manages to challenge and encourage both kids and parents, while raising significant philosophical and theological questions.
The filmmakers invert cliches and ditch tired tropes in reimagining a blockbuster movie in a building block world.
It even had plot twists and storytelling turns that caught me by surprise. That rarely, if ever, happens at a kids’ movie.
The characters are surprisingly deep and in search of more than some treasure or prize. They are dealing with issues of significance and meaning in life.
Much like The Incredibles, which wrestled with what makes someone special, particularly when everyone is “special.” The Lego Movie asks what’s special about the seemingly un-special.
Yes, seriously. And someone how the film manages to do those things with whimsy and humor – and quickly with a running time of around an hour and a half.
There aren’t many children’s movies who have pulled this off and virtually no recent examples not made by Pixar.
As a parent, you may want to carry the discussion on what makes people unique and special – being created in God’s image – further than the movie does.
But I cannot fault a children’s movie for not providing theological depth. Even then, it actually begins that conversation.
To borrow from the ubiquitous song from Bricksburg (that will be stuck in your head for weeks) – pretty much everything in The Lego Movie is awesome.