~~February 27, 2014~~
The previews looked interesting. My oldest grand-daughter wanted to see it. Therefore, yesterday we embarked on this adventure. It was the movie and dinner …. “Mina time”.
~~Let’s see how I put this review together.~~
The Lego Movie (stylized as The LEGO® Movie) is a 2014 American computer animated stop-motion adventure comedy film directed and co-written by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, and starring the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman.
Based on the Lego line of construction toys, the film tells the story of an ordinary Lego mini-figure who is mistakenly identified as a hero prophesied to save the Lego universe from an evil tyrant. The film was released on February 7, 2014.
The wizard Vitruvius attempts to protect the “Kragle“, a superweapon, from the evil Lord Business. He fails to do so, but warns Lord Business of a prophecy where a person called the “Special” will find the Piece of Resistance capable of stopping the Kragle.
~~The wizard Vitruvius~~
Eight-and-a-half years later, Emmet Brickowski, an ordinary construction worker, comes across a woman, Wyldstyle, who is searching for something after hours at Emmet’s construction site. When he investigates, Emmet falls into a hole and finds the Piece of Resistance.
Compelled to touch it, Emmet experiences vivid visions and passes out. He awakens elsewhere with the Piece of Resistance attached to his back in the custody of Bad Cop, Lord Business’ lieutenant with a split “Good Cop” personality.
Full Credit/Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lego_Movie
The Lego Movie tells the story of Emmet, a conspicuously average member of the ultra-peppy Lego society: yellow head, curved hands, job in construction (what else?) and super-positive attitude. Everything is awesome until he is anointed by an underground resistance movement as the “Special” – the one person who can save the world from the secret scheming of its nefarious leader.
The film’s exuberant, kid-friendly larks – Wild West! Robot pirates! Unicorn kittens! Batman! – are laced with satirical digs at surveillance culture, built-in obsolescence and police brutality, as well as inane positive thinking. Its opening sequences show a world in which a pliant, consumerist populace, mollified by overpriced coffee and dumb TV shows, is exploited by cynical leadership; political and corporate power are conflated in the villainous figure of “President Business” (Will Ferrell).
Most fascinating is President Business’s masterplan and our heroes’ response to it: he hopes to make the status quo a permanent reality by literally gluing everyone in place. A society doesn’t get more stuck than that. Emmet, meanwhile, must learn to stop slavishly following “the instructions”, improvise and think the unthinkable.
The way forward is found in the hybrid, the mutant, the absurd – the different.
~~“Kragle“, a superweapom – the evilLord Business~~
Bad Cop tracks down Emmet, Wyldstyle, and Virtruvius, who are rescued by Wyldstyle’s boyfriend, Batman.
In other words, the crux of the drama is not whether the world will be saved or destroyed.
It’s whether “Do not touch” will triumph over “You can still change everything”.
It’s that small shift – from staking everything on the preservation of the familiar to embracing the unknown – that makes The Lego Movie remarkable.
And this is where the comparison with Occupy comes in.
The value of that movement wasn’t in its ability to present a viable alternative model for the organisation of society. Clearly, it hasn’t done that. Its value was in its insistence that it’s worth exploring the options.
The Lego Movie does something similar. We’re not proposing it as a work of leftist agitprop – it remains, after all, a giant billboard for a multinational company – or suggesting it offers a viable blueprint for post-neoliberal civics.
But, like Occupy, it asserts that it’s OK – exciting, even – to consider how society could be structured differently. It invites us to imagine other worlds.
Business throws the Piece of Resistance off the edge of the universe, sets his headquarters to self-destruct, and leaves with the Kragle while leaving Bad Cop behind. Vitruvius’ ghost tells Emmet that even if the prophecy is not real, Emmet can still save the world. Emmet, tied to the self-destruct mechanism’s battery, flings himself off the edge of the universe to save his friends. Inspired by Emmet’s sacrifice, the Master Builders escape and rally with the help of Bad Cop. Soon, Lego people across the universe build creative weapons to use against Business’ forces, with the Master Builders leading the charge.
Emmet finds himself in the real world, where the events of the story are being played out within the imagination of a boy, Finn. His father, known by Emmet as “The Man Upstairs” from his visions, chastises his son for ruining his father’s Lego set by mixing characters with the wrong play sets and originating hodgepodge creations, and proceeds to glue his perceived perfect creations together permanently.
Realizing the danger his friends are in, Emmet wills himself to move and falls off the table, gaining Finn’s attention. Finn returns Emmet to the Lego set, where Emmet builds a massive robot to assist his friends before confronting Lord Business.
In the real world, Finn’s father looks at his son’s creations again and finds himself impressed. Realizing his son based the evil Lord Business on him, the father has a change of heart and allows his son to play with his Lego however he sees fit.
With the world saved, Emmet celebrates with his friends, and Wyldstyle, whose real name is Lucy, becomes his girlfriend.
However, alien Duplo beings beam down, announcing their intentions to invade, due to the father allowing Finn’s little sister to play with his Lego set as well.
It’s not really surprising, then, that the Hollywood logjam of spectacles of despair should be broken by a kids’ movie. The Lego movie is a celebration of the untrammeled imagination, the urge to have fun jumbling ideas together and finding meaning in the mess, however unconventional. It’s a quintessentially childlike sensibility, and one we could all use a bit more of.
“I know things seem bad right now but there is a way out of it,” the movie insists.
The fact that a sequel is already in the works suggests that Emmet and his pals will now be faced with a challenge far more formidable than ending the world: making a new one.
Source/Full Credit: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/feb/11/lego-film-subversive-countercultural
The LEGO® Movie – Official Main Trailer
Published on Oct 31, 2013
“The LEGO® Movie,” the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, opened in theaters February 7, 2014. It stars the vocal talents of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.
The original 3D computer animated story follows 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 under-prepared.
Dare to be different!!
We ALL are ONE!!