Movie Review: The LEGO Movie
by Jonathan Pham
“The LEGO Movie” may seem like an expensive commercial, but it still succeeds in the same areas as other animated movies. It captivates the audience with the creativity of the set pieces as it plays upon the wonders of imagination. It makes pop culture references to famous people, like Batman and Wonder Woman. This, accompanied by its amazing cast of Morgan Freeman and Will Ferrell to name a few, contributes to incredible joy of the movie. It targets not only the younger audience but also the previous generation that grew up playing with LEGOs, Duplo, MegaBlocks or even K’Nex due to the nostalgia of remembering when they would spend countless hours building whatever their fantastical imaginations came up with. Its humor is continuous and almost relentless at times, yet still enjoyable to say the least. There are interesting, charismatic characters that are always enjoyable when onscreen, like the always happy Unikitty. “The LEGO Movie” effortlessly creates a movie that will hold anyone’s attention for its hour and forty minute time length.
On a deeper level, “The LEGO Movie” epitomizes the joy of childhood. It revolves around the rather clichéd story of a regular nobody, named Emmet, who is tasked with saving the world due to some kind of special importance. Avoiding spoilers, Emmet is thrust into a situation that affects the world out of coincidence, yet it is still up to him to right what is wrong on his epic quest. Yes, it is undeniable that this theme of the hero rising out of humble beginnings has been played out a multitude of times before in every kind of entertainment facet, from movies to television shows to books, but there is a reason that this idea works so well: it is a familiar story that anyone and everyone can relate to and aspire to, but in the context of “The LEGO Movie,” it emphasizes the wonders of being a child again, the wonders of living a fantasy filled with awe, the wonders of youth.
“The LEGO Movie” was definitely a surprise of a movie. It is fun from to beginning to end and it rarely lets up in the joy. Even with all the fun chaos and memorable characters, “The LEGO Movie” excels at making you feel like a child again, even though it is only for an hour and forty minutes, but who doesn’t miss being a kid?
Jonathan Phan is a student in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition