Spoiler alert: I am writing about a movie that is currently in movie theaters. So, if you haven’t already assumed as much, I should probably let you know that I am going to discuss parts of that movie. If you have not seen the movie and do not want to read about parts of the movie, then you probably should not read this article. Also, the lede is super campy and predictable. Consider yourself warned.
For the most part, it is fair to say that everything about The Lego Movie is awesome.
This star-studded Legomatronic (Is that a word? I don’t care. It is now.) feature works on many levels and appeals to people of all ages. My kids loved it but my wife and I could just have easily gone to see it without them and enjoyed it just as much.
The Lego Movie also holds the distinct honor of being the first movie to make me feel like a dick for being a parent.
Now, I’m not your typical nerd or geek. I like programming and technology but I’m not into sci-fi or Legos. I’ve only seen one Star Wars movie and it was the super crappy one with Jar Jar Binks that everyone hated.
As you might assume by now, I do not have a giant Lego collection that consumes my basement, like The Man Upstairs. That dingy space is basically the cats’ domain in my house (for the record, I don’t like cats either).
So, I have never had to worry about prohibiting my children from playing with an expansive Lego metropolis. Still, when Will Ferrell’s character began to look around and notice all of his signs that declare things like “DO NOT TOUCH” and “STAY AWAY,” I looked down at my kids and felt the need to apologize.
Immediately, I began thinking about all the times I hollered at my kids for dropping a PS4 remote or fumbling our iPad. I cannot count the times that I shouted, “Do you know how expensive that is? I’m going to be really mad if it’s broken.”
Then I thought to myself, “Shit, this stuff is really expensive. I mean, I guess it’s OK if I let my kids play with it but they need to be careful too.”
I probably do not need to holler at them. That’s easy enough to fix.
Then I got distracted and started thinking about how I thought the voice of Unikitty, Alison Brie, was girl-next-door hot and, next thing I knew, the credits were rolling and The Lonely Island was rapping over a Tegan and Sara song.
Ahhh, Annie’s Boobs.
Wait, what were we talking about again? Oh, right, The Lego Movie.
In addition to being a fun movie for kids, the plot really speaks to many of the struggles of growing up and adulthood. The topics of conformity, fitting in, wanting to be special, and death are all touched upon within the film.
It is a fun, cinematic 3D adventure but it is also a film that could be watched over and over again and you could get something different from it each time.