Warner Brothers/Village Roadshow Pictures/RatPac-Dune Entertainment, 2014. Rated PG.
Synopsis: Emmet is an ordinary construction worker, until one day after work he sees a mysterious stranger poking around the construction site. When he follows her, he comes across a special piece that attaches itself to him and the mysterious stranger, Wyldstyle. Believing Emmet to be “The Special”, Wyldstyle, her mentor Vitruvius, Batman, UniKitty, and a cast of other Lego characters must help Emmet use the special piece to stop a plot by President Business to destroy life in the Lego-verse as they know it.
I’ll be honest: I thought this was going to be one of those movies where only the good parts were shown in the trailers and it wound up being disappointing. This turned out not to be the case. The movie was surprisingly funny and full of heart, telling the story about how even though we don’t feel important, we still have something to offer the world. Emmet is a truly vanilla construction worker that wants nothing more than to fit in, but it turns out that his relative invisibility is an advantage because no one really expects him to be the person her turns into by the close of the film. The film has something to offer viewers of all ages, but older viewers will definitely see the social commentary that is prevalent throughout. Plus, there are references galore that will go over the heads of younger viewers, particularly those related to the Lego pieces themselves. My friends and I spent a good majority of the movie oogling over the collection of Lego pieces and reminiscing about the sets we used to play with when we were younger, and we got a particular kick out of the glow-in-the-dark pieces that show up toward the end. The movie does a good job of contrasting the two different kinds of Lego builders: those that follow the directions (like Emmet) and those that work with the pieces to make their own creations (here called the Master Builders). While there will always be that division, there is still the message that there is no wrong way to create, whether we are making the creation that is featured on the front of the box or we are mixing up the pieces to make something new. It also demonstrates that double-decker couches are not quite as dumb as they initially seem. It’s a comedy that reminds older viewers of their childhoods and younger viewers of the power of imaginative thinking.