What child does not love Lego? What parent does not remember their own experience of Lego? So The Lego Movie was always going to arouse some interest – and the demands from children that they should be taken to see it. If once was not enough, or you didn’t see the Movie at the cinema (is this possible?) then the DVD is now out.
The gist of The Lego movie is this – an ordinary lego construction worker – you know like the ones in all your boxes of lego – is recruited to save the Lego universe from an evil tyrant. Why is he chosen – because he is believed to be the Special One. The tyrant, President Business, wants to glue all the lego pieces into the right places – so they can’t be moved. Very clever – you know we’ve all been tempted after the car or plane has lost various bits and no longer looks like a model but a broken toy! Anyway I digress – if you are alive and living in Legoland clearly you do not want to be glued down and The Special One needs to save Lego World. At first the joke appears to be on Emmet – lowly construction worker – as the Special One is supposed to be a master builder and Emmet is clearly not blessed with many brains, or we assume ability to build his way out of trouble. Or is he? The thing about Lego today of course is it is all about following the instructions to build rather complex cities or fantasy worlds – so theoretically anyone can do it – even a construction worker. But the Master Builder needs to be creative too surely? These two ideas play off against each other throughout the film as we wonder whether he can possibly pull it off. As I sat down to watch the film I admit I expected to be distracted by emails and just pretend to enjoy it. In fact though it’s very clever, witty and quite absorbing. In the end the joke is perhaps on us for assuming that they have made a mistake in choosing Emmet as the special one – our prejudices are the same as the most basic plastic Lego characters. There’s plenty to think about, plenty of action and you will be overawed by the number of lego bricks they must have used and the work that must have gone into making the film.
Favourite moments for me were: when Emmett uses his head to attach a wheel to the vehicle to get away from the ( bad) cops; the fact that they can build a get away vehicle, that flies;the fact they can change the shape and type of vehicle they are in while it is moving – of course they can, it’s Lego!
There are moments when it feels a bit like an advert to encourage kids to pester for more lego and a particular collection : ” this is Middle Zealand” followed by a list of all the characters that live there. But for the most part you are drawn into the action. And this reminder of Lego-you-can-buy and this-is-all-just-a story-boys-and-girls provokes an ironic smile, rather than irritation that the brand is being pushed down your throat. At the end it’s fair to say the children were delighted; they did not ask me to buy them any more Lego; and they still sing the theme tune : “Everything is awesome, everything is cool when you’re part of a team..” There are worse things for an 8 and 10 year old to sing!
If you want a view that’s more down with the kids then this is what they thought in their own words and with their own typos:
“I thought that was very funny and cool! I liked the best style best and the evil guy. my favourite part is when bad cop says hi to his parents and then the evil guy glues them to the floor. Another favourite part is when everything collapses in the builders world and everyone has to be in chains. I like the idea of having a double sofa that Emmett invents and I hope in the future that you could actually buy it in a shop. I like it when it goes into real life with the dad and the son.
I like the song “everything is awesome,”.Lol! It’s very Catchy and has a great tune like any good song. This film I think is for all the family to enjoy and love! I would definitely rate this a 4 and a half star maybe even a 5! Great film!”
Amelie, aged 10
And from my son:
“I think that the lego movie is very funny when the pirate turns into a photocopier and the robots print their butts on the face or him and suddenly he turns back to normal again and knocks them out. Lol. I liked how the man upstairs was the father how at the end the little sisters lego comes and says, “we-have-come-to-destroy-you” and when batman said its not like a huge boat is going to come and save us and a giant boat came out of nowhere to rescue them, haha. that lovely review was written by Alexander the person who is 8 and wants to be a footballer when he grows up.”
I was sent the DVD for review by Suppose.com