If I posted this yesterday, I could’ve say, “Happy Taco Tuesday!” Oh well.
If you haven’t seen the LEGO Movie, you’d probably be wondering, what is he talking about? I’ll just leave that opening hanging without explanation. I watched it yesterday. I thought it would just be a silly flick, but I actually find it surprisingly thought provoking, sufficient enough to call for a blog post, so here I go.
The setting is technically dystopian, but unlike what’s typical of dystopia, the tone is very much a humorous satire. So much so, that it didn’t occur to me that it was dystopian, until I really thought about it later on, but the dystopian element is unmistakable.
I’m fascinated by the “Everything is Awesome” theme song, a parody that flawlessly nails everything I despise about the pop music I despise. The sort of trendy, shallow music with obvious lyrics to a catchy tune that sticks in your head, that people unquestionably “love” because everyone else “does”, so your suppose love it.
As the movie poked fun of people being sheep in this way, with the Awesome song, the “Honey, where are my pants” show and everything else about the setting preventing the main character from having his own opinions, that’s the thing, for me, that made the beginning of the movie, well–Awesome! After all, this truly is a prevalent epidemic in modern culture.
The part that makes it dystopian is that the president of this LEGO is responsible for confining everyone in this controlled and structured life, following instructions, in a way that the citizens don’t fully realize as the follow their routines like sheep.
A major theme of the movie is that we are all unique individuals, so let’s start acting like it, embracing our creativity and “Let it Go” (Sorry I went there). It’s interesting how it all ties into the two fundamental approaches to playing with LEGO’s, following the instructions to build the set you bought or inventing your own creations with the same pieces, both being important parts of the experience.
Something happens toward the end of the movie, something very surprising, that brings the themes of the movie to whole new tender and poignant level. I’ll refrain from mentioning it, because of what a huge spoiler it would be. Suffice it to say, it was…Awesome! (Alright, enough of that)
The last thing I should mention is the whole look and feel of the animation. It had this rapid sort of busyness to it that takes some getting used to, but it has a distinct LEGO-like feel to it. I like the way everything in the world is LEGO-ly, even the water that flows in LEGO pieces.