Dear The Lego Movie,
I admit that I came to you rolling my eyes slightly, thinking, “crap, Hollywood is way worse off than I always thought they were.” I was sure you were going to be some bad Saturday morning cartoon-esque, sugared up, breakfast cereal comatose combination of a Japanese anime and a ninety minute toy commercial.
Suffice it to say the bar was set quite low. That fact wasn’t helped that I was in a kid-packed theater at 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning. But when this little tale opens up and we meet a regular-Joe mini-fig named Emmet after the generic prophesy of the Master Builder that will save the Lego world from being crazy glued together, is when it shows potential. When he is identified as the most “extraordinary person” and the key to saving the Lego universe, Emmet and his friends go on an epic journey to stop the evil tyrant, Lord Business.
As they pick-up supporters along the way and visit the different lands of this reality, the humor of this fun-filled romp really comes to the fore. It’s appropriately deranged and offers a motley collection of characters including a mini-fig version of Batman, a mech pirate, 80’s astronaut, and a wide range of other familiar faces.
What transpires from here is one of those rare non-Pixar moments of animated story telling that reaches kids of all ages and their parents simultaneously. The tale doesn’t surprise much but the laughs and the tongue in cheek is always appreciated and the outcome is still something to feel good about. It’s almost like if you asked Legos what kind of movie would meet their approval, they would have described this to the director and it is indeed what they made.
Thanks for all the laughs and the fun, Lego Movie, I am sure we will build your little world again.