The Lego Movie! Of course it’s a huge one. People go screaming about it just by listening to its name. Sure, lego is everyone’s (almost) childhood, including me. I did have a great time with my legos, including stepping on it and leaving a deep painful mark on my foot (ouch!).
I went to the theater for this movie on the first day it was released in where I live. Honestly I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it is a comedy from its trailer, and it features many famous characters, but I was hoping that the movie doesn’t solely depend on making jokes out of other movies (like what scary movie did). I was expecting a great story, but I gotta say, it disappointed me.
Please do not be offended. I understand that this movie has great reviews, it’s even been acclaimed ‘the best animation movie in years’! I mean, I like the animation, the voice actors were great, screenplay was very smooth, sure, but the main story line just wasn’t appealing to me.
The story is about an ordinary guy called Emmet, who has been following instructions his whole life and feeling great about blending in. One day, he found the “piece of resistance” and met a girl called Wyldstyle, who believed that he is the extraordinary guy who can save the Lego world according to Vitruvius’ “prophecy”. But later Wyldstyle and Vitruvius were disappointed to find out that Emmet was no Master Builder, a type of people who are capable of building anything based on their own imaginations. The trio then went through a series of adventures and in the end managed to stop the evil Lord Business from gluing everything.
First of all, the story is quite predictable. A normal guy, saving the world and getting the girl? (Enlighten me with that!) Secondly, the adventures were full of the most childish and silly jokes ever. It was like the script was written randomly based on the writer’s collection of jokes from haha.com. I do admit that the end of the scene kind of explains why it was done this way, but I gotta say, the idea didn’t work for me. I almost fell asleep on my chair watching all the characters making jokes out of themselves.
Thirdly, the story has been convincing the audience from the beginning that creativity is the better quality, but in the end, all the creative heroes were so quickly compromised until Emmet had to save everyone in his ordinary way. I am not saying that this is a problem, it’s just a little confusing. Being ordinary is ok, but if this is the message to promote, what’s with all the fuss?
You can disagree with me all you can because I do realize that this movie was made based on a lot of back stories, or jokes that probably only Americans can understand. But it didn’t impress me enough to believe the 8.5 score in IMDB, and I personally feel that this kind of story will only pass as an online parody movie, instead of a theatrical show.
A 3-star movie for me. Unfortunately.