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"The Lego Movie"

Posted by on Feb. 19, 2014 at 10:43 PM
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"The Lego Movie" Is Actually a Satire

| Fri Feb. 7, 2014 4:39 PM GMT

On Thursday, New York mag critic Bilge Ebiri praised The Lego Movie as, "the best action flick in years, a hilarious satire, [and] an inquiry into the mind of God." And it isn't over-the-top praise—it accurately reflects the overwhelmingly positive critical response to the computer-animated comedy, released on Friday.

The film, which is based on—and pays loving tribute to—Lego toys, was co-written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the pair who directed the fantastic 21 Jump Streetreboot and its upcoming sequelThe Lego Movie takes place mostly in a city in a Lego universe. A construction worker Lego named Emmet Brickowski (voiced by Chris Pratt) must save the Lego realms from imminent destruction and coerced conformity. His comrades are a mysterious female Lego warrior named Wyldstyle; a wizard; a "Unikitty," which is a unicorn-animĂ© kitten hybrid; a pirate called Metalbeard; Lego Batman; and many more goofy and heroic Lego characters.

The simple tale is loaded with gleeful pop-culture references and great voice-acting (everyone is in this movie, by the way, from Morgan Freeman and Jonah Hill to Cobie Smulders and Alison Brie). But what makes The Lego Movie even more accessible for viewers above the age of six is the fact that the film is full of political and social satire. The villain is President/Lord Business (voiced by Will Ferrell), who presides over a totalitarian surveillance state. President Business' regime creates virtually everything in the Lego society—generic pop music, lousy TV comedy, cameras, rigged voting machines, you name it. The dictator/CEO uses extended televised broadcasts to inform his citizens (with a friendly grin on his face) that they'll be executed if they disobey. He controls a secret police led by Bad Cop/Good Cop (Liam Neeson), who is charged with torturing dissidents and rebels.

President Business is the Lego CeauČ™escu, if you swap the communism for capitalism.

Some of this sounds pretty heavy, but it's all filtered through the soft, giddy lens of a kids' movie. Like all other entries into the "kids' movies that their parents can dig, too!" subgenre of cinema, it's this thinly-disguised maturity that makes the film both fun and winkingly smart.

UPDATE, February 8, 2014, 12:39 a.m. EST: I missed this earlier, but on Friday, Foxpersonalities went after The Lego Movie for its allegedly "anti-business" and anti-capitalist message. One says President Business looks a bit like Mitt Romney. Another starts defending Mr. Potter from It's a Wonderful Life (which is just an act of life imitating parody).

This is weird, but not all that different from the Fox reaction to The Muppets and The Lorax. Watch below:



UPDATE 2, February 8, 2014, 4:04 p.m. EST: I asked the Lego Movie directors what they thought of the reaction on Fox Business to their film. Phil Lord got back to me via Twitter:

art deserves many interpretations, even wrong ones


Now, check out this trailer for The Lego Movie:

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Chris030406
by Bronze Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 10:46 PM
We saw it and loved it!
4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Feb. 19, 2014 at 10:48 PM
We saw it today and liked it.
angelachristine
by Bronze Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 10:51 PM

We took our ds to see it when it came out and even my dh and I liked it. My son named his pillow pet Emmet  after the movie and I put the theme song as my ringtone. 

My son gets excited everytime my phone rings. lol

Erinelizz
by Bronze Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 10:51 PM
I wasn't really excited to see this movie, but now I'm curious to see it. Maybe I'll take the kiddos tomorrow.
NWP
by guerrilla girl on Feb. 19, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I watched this whole movie with my kids and I can't tell you one thing about it really.

:/

Rebecca7708
by Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 10:55 PM
It's a cute movie, and it made my kids want to build stuff with Legos. Why do we have to read more into it?
krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Feb. 19, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Oh my gosh, that's exactly how I felt about it!

I just...I don't even know. It was just...I don't know. There was too much happening, nothing happened, it was visually overwhelming and underwhelming at the same time. 

Yeah, I just don't know.

Quoting NWP:

I watched this whole movie with my kids and I can't tell you one thing about it really.

:/


NWP
by guerrilla girl on Feb. 19, 2014 at 10:59 PM
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Yes!!

Just like Transformers 2.

Quoting krysstizzle:

Oh my gosh, that's exactly how I felt about it!

I just...I don't even know. It was just...I don't know. There was too much happening, nothing happened, it was visually overwhelming and underwhelming at the same time. 

Yeah, I just don't know.

Quoting NWP:

I watched this whole movie with my kids and I can't tell you one thing about it really.

:/



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jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 11:29 PM

I loved this movie.  :)

SunshneDaydream
by Silver Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 11:35 PM
Can't wait to see it!
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