Conveniently already own the Lego Movie. Time to rewatch with a critical eye.
The Lego Movie, written by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, story by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, LEGO System A/S, Vertigo Entertainment, Lin Pictures, Warner Bros. Animation (as Warner Animation Group))
Getting past all the shiny details the Lego movie is about a man who, faced with the responsibilities and life changes of fatherhood, tries to maintain control of his life by permanently gluing together dioramas he’s built following the official instructions. Eight and a half years later his child is of an age to reintroduce chaos and play into his life. The tension between parent and child are played out between the hero and villain under the child’s story telling direction.
It’s interesting to note that while the child is obviously extremely creative the hero he creates mirrors his father’s lack of creativity and desire to follow instructions. Though the villain behaves in a manner similar to his father, the son gives the hero his father’s characteristics which leaves an opening for his father’s redemption at the end.
Here the land of the imagination is the landscape of most of the movie and it could easily be dismissed as a daydream right up until the hero of the daydream shows agency on the work table, able to move on his own. Much like when Bastian chases down his bullies riding a dragon at the end of Neverending Story, this is the moment where the stakes become apparent because it’s not just a made up world, it is a world that is doomed or saved by the actions of two people in a basement.
I really liked the Lego Movie. I believe it has a lot more content to it than first glance would give it. It is interesting and has a good emotional punch as well as a significant number of fun moments.
Altogether a good movie.