I’ve watched a lot of kids’ shows over the last eight years. A LOT. Some are pretty entertaining, and some are downright painful. Have you seen Dinosaur Train on PBS? Seriously . . . drugs had to be involved in the creation of that show.
The LEGO Movie is one of those rare movies that the kids and I enjoy equally. Actually, I think I like it even more than they do.
Why? It’s hilarious. It’s a commentary on the following (particularly in the U.S.):
- How mindless we can be.
- How we put a great deal of effort into fitting in and getting other people to like us.
- How we sometimes follow rules without questioning them, even when they make no sense.
- How we sometimes ignore subtle messages, even when we have a feeling that something is not right.
- We’re discouraged from maintaining our uniqueness.
If you’re even mildly interested in Conspiracy Theories, this movie is for you. I talked a friend of mind into checking it out. He doesn’t have kids, and he was reluctant. However, after watching some of it, he said “It’s a protest movie!”
The movie starts with Emmet, the main character getting ready for work. He has the TV on, and President Business, the ruler of LEGO world, is making some announcements. He says, “. . . take extra care to follow the instructions, or you’ll be put to sleep.. . . ” He continues with his message about Taco Tuesday. Emmet responds by asking himself, “Did he say put to sleep?” Of course, he forgets about it 10 seconds later.
I partially like this movie because my son is very into LEGO kits. These are pretty complex, and you must follow the instructions exactly, or the project won’t turn out correctly. When I was a kid, my brothers had a lot of LEGOs, but there weren’t kits then. You just made stuff. So, I’m kind of happy when my son tears apart what he made with the kit to use the parts for his own creation.
In the movie, there is a focus on always following the directions. Most of the characters are blissfully oblivious to the evil plans of President Business (or Lord Business, as the Master Builders who have a clue, call him).
Another quote from Emmet, “President Business is going to end the world? But he’s such a good guy. And Octan – they make good stuff . . . music, dairy products, coffee, TV shows, surveillance systems, all history books, voting machines. Wait a minute.”
By the way, even though the evil character is called “President Business”, this is not a commentary about our current President. It came out in 2014, during a different administration. It’s not a commentary about a former President either. It is an observation of what our society has become. It’s like I’ve said before, most politicians, regardless of party, are for themselves, not us.
You should see The LEGO Movie because, believe it or not, this kids’ movie is holding a mirror up to our faces, while making us laugh. It might just make you think, while entertaining you. Hopefully, you won’t be like Emmet and forget about it 10 seconds later.