Lego is timeless. Most of us played with it as kids – although actor Morgan Freeman, who appears in the movie, admits to never having Legos. Some of us had huge tubs, while others bought the kits, and among parents, most of us have kids who have at one point or another been addicted.
If you’re a parent of one of these kids, you’ve stepped on them at night in your bare feet.
This past weekend my 11 year old son and I got to see “The Lego Movie” and I became aware of the wide universal appeal of Legos.
The Colorado/Wyoming Lego User Group was in attendance and it was fun to see the huge age range of the members of the group. The very young up to the (ahem) my age folks and even older, were all excited to see what Lego had come up with for it’s first full length movie.
My son, a huge fan, had seen a lot of the clips and teasers about the movie on YouTube and could identify most of the characters from the movie. The CoWlug group treated us to some fabulous Lego sneak peaks depicting scenes from the movie in theater lobby (see the slide show below)!
It was fun watching the kids “ooo and ahh” and talk about their favorite Lego sets.
The plot of “The Lego Movie” is quite simple;
“An ordinary Lego mini-figure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary Master Builder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil Lego tyrant from gluing the universe together.”
However, the moral of the story is a bit more close to home.
The story becomes about mashing up Lego sets, using your imagination and thinking outside the box (literally). In a world where people are encouraged to be like everyone else and go about life in the same way as everyone else, singing “everything is awesome”. It’s about the relationship between adults and kids and toys. It’s about fun and creativity.
I won’t give away the ending, but it tugs at the heart strings almost like “Toy Story 3”. However, I loved the end and the connection between parents and kids and having fun with Lego’s.
To be honest, my son didn’t like the ending, but he really enjoyed the action and the characters and a lot of the jokes. I think he was shaken by the lack of similarity to the Lego movies that are available in cgi with most Lego games, released as DVD’s and online. Those movies act out stories with Legos, while this was a story about the Legos.
The 3D is fun, not really necessary (so skip it for sensitive kids) but it definitely adds to the action and makes the movie have more of an amusement park feel to it.
All in all, it’s a fun movie. Great for all ages, especially for the Lego fanatics in your life.
Some more fun facts from IMDB:
Everything in the movie was designed to look as if built out of Lego pieces. This even includes effects like water, fire, laser bolts, explosions and smoke. For instance, the lasers are actually transparent Lego rods (commonly known as “Lightsaber blades”), while smaller puffs of smoke are Lego ice cream pieces. This is in contrast with the direct-to-video Lego movies and cartoon series, in which parts of the scenery and most of the effects were made to look realistic.
Lord Business is president of Octan, a fictional gas station brand that first appeared in 1992 and has since been featured in numerous Lego sets.