"The Lego Movie"? Surprisingly delightful.


A child’s play time is a rare glimpse into the immense amount of imagination impressively stored within such small, undeveloped brains. “The Lego Movie” gives the general public a more complete grasp on the innocence and hilarity of children. It is fast-paced with a momentum that never quits for even a second and filled with laughs.

The movie features the story of ‘Average Joe’ Emmett who turns out to be the most extraordinary person in the world according to a prophecy and must go on to defeat an evil businessman. However, Emmett is grossly unprepared to save the world and relies on a rag-tag group of Lego figurines to help him.

It has a fairly predictable plot that most kids movies follow, but “The Lego Movie” stands apart as a high-quality experience that even parents will enjoy. Rotten Tomatoes users vocalize about the movie’s quality with a positive rating of 96%, the same rating earned by Oscar-nominated “12 Years a Slave.” While it very well might be called a feature-length commercial, its surprising sincerity rings true to anyone who has ever had a parent, so most people.

The film is similar in motivations to the literary classic “1984” by Orson Wells. It features a society brainwashed into conformity, and the overall message is to be a free thinker (Though “The Lego Movie” ends on a happier note). The impossibly catchy tune “Everything is Awesome” makes light of the overwhelming conformity commercialism (specifically pop music) creates even in a country that attempts to utilize the individual. Again, a bit surprising coming from a feature-length commercial.

The best advice is to go into the movie thinking of the good times you’ve had with those little pumpkins over the years, pumpkins meaning young humans. Go into it with the mindset of innocent hilarity, and “The Lego Movie” will surely be enjoyable.

By Jenna Keeney