Jean-Paul’s Rating: 5/5 stars
Bottom Line: Everything IS awesome. A perfect kids movie with good comedy and an honest to goodness moral to the story.
“The LEGO Movie” is one of those movies that you can watch again and again. And if you have kids, you WILL be watching it again and again. The only down side to this is not being able to get the “Everything is Awesome” song out of your head. But that only requires one viewing.
And speaking of the “Everything is Awesome” song, I have never experienced a situation where I went from disliking a song to really liking it after hearing it in the movie. It is an incredibly stupid pop song, but it snaps in perfectly inside the movie. This is a welcome change to the inorganic nature that often comes with original songs in movies.
Yes, this is basically an hour and a half long LEGO commercial, but the artistry and imagery in the movie are so perfect you can believe they were ripped straight from a child’s imagination and the LEGOs are just the medium the child had chosen. And really, LEGOs are a unique medium perfect for the fertile imagination of a child. The idea of that imagination is used as fuel for the plot of the movie which pits those who want to always follow the directions against those who want to build as they wish.
The movie also teaches an important lesson which is rare for a children’s movie. That lesson is there is no wrong way to play with LEGOs. Yes, really. Like I said, it’s a LEGO commercial. But that can be applied to life in general. Sometimes you need to play by the rules and follow the directions and sometimes you shouldn’t and see where it takes you. Words to live by.