Everything is awesome.
This movie is basically an earworm-pop-song of a pop-culture-reference-filled-movie made into the perfect storm of a film. It’s a perfectly random mess. It’s chaos made into brick. How does this movie remain entertaining for about 100 minutes? What makes it work?
In the basic good alignment there’s lawful good, good and chaotic good. This movie is chaotic awesome. The whole movie is a tribute with a wink, a nod and a nudge to the entire Lego universes, specially the ones populated by the Lego minifig.
The thing about this movie is that as much as there’s an underlying love for the Lego building community, there is also an appreciation for the chaotic way we mix and match universes when we play. I mean, when we use to play as kids because of course none of us adults would be caught dead playing with Legos anymore, right? Riiight.
I will recommend it as one experiment of a movie that achieved entertaining its audience by going a completely different way: it’s a catastrophic mish mash that you will either love or hate.
That’s all I can say without spoilers. There are spoilers ahead after the jump. Stop reading now. NOW.
Emmet (Chris Pratt) is a super-generic minifig. He’s so generic he’s forgotten by the other generic neighbors and co-workers with whom he interacts on a daily basis. He’s a team player that always follows the instruction booklet. And in Lego City this means the actual booklet, down to turning the pages to see what the crew is supposed to build next. To complete the setup, you get to hear the evilest of earworm pops tune that you have ever heard, “Everything is Awesome”. By the end, it will have burrowed in your brain and you’ll have to accept that’s a part of you now.
There’s a legend, a generic prophesy uttered by wise old Master Builder Wizard Vitrovius (Morgan Freeman) that The Special will soon appear to stop the evil plans of Lord/President Business (Will Ferrell). From here, you can probably tell it’s going to be Emmet, but if you think you just can tell where is the movie going to go next you’re sadly mistaken.
Emmet soon runs into Master Builder Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) who’s searching for the Piece of Resistance. It’s Emmet who ends up getting stuck with it – literally – and ends up having to be rescued by Wyldstyle as the forces of President Business led by Bad Cop (Liam Neesan) are closing in.
And from there… well, prepare for a trip through some of the most known Lego Universes as the generic Emmet is forced to confront his destiny as a Master Builder. It’s your classical hero’s journey… in the most unconventional way. We’ll get to meet an egotistical Batman (Will Arnett), a cybernetic pirate Metalbeard (Nick Offerman), a 1980’s space minifig named Benny (Charlie Day) and a unicorn cat contraption named Unikitty (Alison Brie). Aiding them in their quest will be a plethora of minifigs some even voiced by the actual actors that played those characters.
I was extremely fond of Benny, the 1980’s spaceman… because I’ve had that figure with the cracked helmet. I loved when he finally gets to build a spaceship. Excuse me, something got in my eye….
As the unlikely sets combine into crazy scenarios, the story builds up (see what I did there) to a crescendo where we end up traveling into the real world and find out what exactly the turmoil and the drama are really all about. You’ll have to have some humor about yourself, but the lesson is one about grownups and kids. Don’t worry, you’ll get to go back to say good-bye to all the characters.
Recommended. You might either love or just not dig this movie at all. It’s actually got a message against following the rules and against conformism. It is about not limiting your creativity and sharing your time and your toys. And to do that, it gives you the craziest sequence of over the top appearances and developments that will either annoy the crap out of you or make you realize that this is the plot you made up when you took all your sets together and combined them together to save the universe.
In short, if you’ve ever have any fondness for Lego, you should be lining up to see this film.
That will do for now.