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Everything is Awesome About "The Lego Movie"!
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Everything is Awesome!
Everything is Awesome is a song the little Lego people listen to in "The Lego Movie". It's also a great way to describe "The Lego Movie" in a nutshell.
I think the entire movie had me hooked right from the start. The movie starts off with an old Lego man with hippie jeans, a tie-died shirt, a bathrobe, a beard, and glowing eyes (voiced by Morgan Freeman) who has a prophecy that 'The Special' will stop Lord Business (Will Ferrell) from taking control of the Lego world. The movie then goes forward in time and you're introduced to Emmett, a generic Lego construction worker voiced by Chris Pratt. He runs into a sassy Lego girl named Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) who assumes he's 'The Special' from the prophesy when he finds the piece of resistance. Emmett is brought along on an adventure to save the Lego worlds with a motley crew of Lego characters as companions. Wyldstyle, the old man with the visions: Vitruvius, Unikitty (a cat-unicorn hybrid), Batman, a spaceman, and a pirate with a rebuilt body of different parts since his body was destroyed. They're being chased by Lord Business's henchman: good cop/bad cop a character with a split personality voiced by Liam Neeson (this character had me in tears I was laughing so hard at all of his scenes). All the characters are funny and inventive.
The plot is full of hilarity, different Lego worlds, and plenty of inventive Lego creations! It was like stepping into a world of Legos and remembering what it was like to be a kid playing with Lego models and random blocks and making up different story lines for the characters and designing different homes, cars, and boats for your Lego characters. (If you can't tell yet I loved Legos as a kid. My personal favorite thing to build was houses and I had a collection of the Harry Potter Lego sets.)
There's also plenty of deeper meanings in "The Lego Movie". How being yourself and being unique is better than always fitting in. How everyone in their own unique way is special. And that fitting into society norms won't let you leave any impression on people. If you want to be remembered you can't always stay in the lines.
I do admit that "The Lego Movie"'s one flaw is it is pretty similar to "The Matrix" with it's plot and characters. Emmett is like Neo, Wyldstyle is like Trinity, Vitruvius is a mix of Morpheus and the Oracle, good cop/bad cop is Mr. Smith, Lord Business is the Architect, and the rest of the people with Emmett are the crew of the Nebachnezzer. "The Lego Movie" is of course much more lighthearted and funny then "The Matrix", but there is definite comparisons in some ways.
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Who'll enjoy this movie?
"The Lego Movie" is perfect for kids of all ages to see. The humor is great, it's colorful, imaginative, and makes anyone who sees it want to start creatively building away with some Legos! Boys and girls who like playing with Legos will love this movie. Anyone who played with Legos as a kid will like this movie really. Older audiences will also be able to appreciate the deeper meanings with the total control of Lord Business being similar to the real world with big corporations having too much control on the people and smaller businesses. This movie despite that is rooting for the little guy, which adults will be able to like out of Emmett's character. It's a really great example of social commentary on industrialized countries and how the big guy runs the show and tells the little guy how they should act, and what kind of music they should like. and how they should dress. The humor is something adults will be able to appreciate and laugh at as well. It's not especially crude humor, just goofy and witty humor. It kind of reminds me of those claymation shorts "Wallace and Gromit" style humor.
Some similar movies to "The Lego Movie" are: "Despicable Me", "Chicken Run", "Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Wererabbit", and "Finding Nemo". It's also similar to any movie with a "The One" plot point. Such as "The Matrix", "Harry Potter", "Eragon", "The Golden Compass". "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Dogma" and countless other "the One" movies. If you like those listed humorous animated movies or "The One" plot device style movies, you will likely enjoy "The Lego Movie".