January 18, 2018

Lego Movie: glittery surface, lackluster plot

The Lego Movie“Everything is awesome” for Lego Movie’s leading character Emmet, where in his Lego-constructed world all citizens abide by the rules and optimism abounds. Chosen by a prophecy to be an imaginative “master builder,” and save the world from Kragl (a misspelling of Krazy Glue, which symbolizes no imagination or thinking outside structured, strict manual-led lives) Emmet is forced out of this utopian way of thinking and must face it that being so agreeable doesn’t always bring respect.


The beginning of Lego Movie has a nice hook and the last 20 minutes finally tie up loose ends, but the middle is just one huge promotion for the Lego franchise with a convoluted plot. When I asked my younger kids (10, 7 and 5) to explain what it’s about, all they could retell was the catchy “Everything is Awesome” song.


Kid Focused Grades for Lego Movie:  


Compelling story line- C

Emmet is as b-o-r-i-n-g as you might expect a Lego man could be and he’s mocked continuously for it.  Thinking he was chosen as “The Special” for a reason, the supporting characters spend the whole movie trying to figure out why Emmet received such an honor. How Will Ferrell’s adult, human character is tied in at the end with the larger story is somewhat redeeming, but it’s too little, too late.


Strong message- B

Embrace what’s special about you. Don’t try to be like other people. Trust your instincts.


Leading character is a role model- C

Emmet is a nice enough guy, albeit wimpy.


Sexual or adult content – C+

Emmet develops a crush on the free-spirited Wildstyle even though she’s dating Batman. There is some hand holding and cuddling, but no kissing.


Language and Violence- C-

The language in Lego Movie is mild in comparison to its loud special effects, fast action sequences, punching, explosions, car racing, shooting, etc.


Suited for the whole family- B-

For children ages 6 and up. Boys will likely enjoy Lego Movie more than girls will. 


Overall Kid Focused Grade for Lego Movie: C+     


Rated PG Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes  

Written by Julie Samrick


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