The Lego Movie

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Lego is probably THE childhood favorite toy of mine. I’ve always enjoyed making stuff with the little Swedish Danish blocks, and while I don’t usually deviate from the instructions, the things you can make are near endless. While it was largely a niche toy for most of the past twenty years, it has really exploded in popularity with the current generation of builders.
When I first heard of the movie, I was stoked, but curious as to how a storyline oculd be made to fit such a wide range of topics. Turns out, it was a pretty simple but powerful premise. In short, a Zero-turned-hero’s actions lead to meaningful change in the real world. The official synopsis:
The 3D computer animated adventure tells the story of Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

So yeah, it was pretty hilarious, and there was an impressive amount of celebrity voice acting in the movie which really added to this movie’s unique resume. I thought the animation was impressive, combining stop motion with real legos interspersed with CGI when actual animation was unfeasible. There were several live action scenes as well, providing a change of pace in the story and offering a new perspective on the actual scale of the Lego world and the characters within.

In summary, this is a difficult movie to review without revealing significant plot details, so I will keep it brief. The madcap action and seemingly random settings all end up making perfect sense in the end – the entire message of the movie is that we all have a ‘place’ in this world where we fit, but those spots are not permanent. We can change our own destiny and make something meaningful out of this hectic place we call Earth.

I loved it, and now all I want to do is start collecting my Star Wars legos again. I came across my huge box in storage and now I am compiling lists of sets I want to make up for lost time. What can I say, I’m an eternal eight year old….
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