‘The Lego Movie’ review: The building blocks of society

Nico Triunfante, TSV Multimedia Editor

While you walk around the street, you’ll see people of different sizes, shapes and ethnicities. However, it probably doesn’t cross your mind to what each individual is or will be going through throughout the day. We pass by, strictly concentrating on our daily needs, places we need to be at, and looking ahead for tomorrow. Everything is as normal, and as awesome, as it can be.

The Lego Movie
redirects you beyond that “normal” lifestyle and shows the significance of the hidden messages that each individual has in society.

The protagonist of the story, Emmet Brickowski, voiced by Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt, is the personification of the idea of a simple person that is constantly overlooked in our overgrown society. This Lego construction worker is more than likely not the Lego that your child would be dying to purchase, especially when competing with Lego characters such as Batman,The Lord of the Rings’ Gandalf, or even some of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. However, the movie cannonballs the fact that Emmet, being the simplest, most standard, most normal person in society, is just as important as Batman, Gandalf, or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Toward the beginning of the storyline, we find that Emmet is the most important person in the Lego Universe, being the “Special Master-Builder” that is able to stop the evil Lord Business, voiced by Will Ferrell, from using the “Kragle,” a weapon that is able to glue society into what he sees as perfect.

Along the way, other Master-Builders such as Wyldstyle, Vitruvius, and Batman aid Emmet toward becoming the person that is securely locked within the confines of his mind. Though at first being skeptical about Emmet’s abilities, these characters find themselves in a position that shows Emmet that they are equal to him.

These characters represent the people in society that we see as superior. We walk around seeing rich business people, athletic personals, and we can’t help but compare ourselves to what we don’t have or who we are. At the end of the day, those who are masters of their crafts, celebrities, or wisdom-filled elders are all equal to the person that you are today, and vice versa.

The group embarks on a journey toward stopping Lord Business, but must first enhance the skill set of Emmet by venturing off into different worlds and awakening his hidden potential. In one world, we find all the Master-Builders such as Superman, Abraham Lincoln and Metal Beard.

This petri dish of Master-Builders is a representation of the differences in society, but also how those differences can bring us all together. In other words, the Superman protecting planet Earth is equivalent in power to Abraham Lincoln protecting human rights.

Being a twenty year old college student, it’s no surprise that I constantly compare myself to those who are successful in life, those who are better than me, and what more I can do to improve myself and feel special in my own way. Emmet is a representation of not only myself, but for every individual in society. We all compare ourselves to other people, we all want something that will be nothing short of beneficial to our lives.

The Lego Movie is a reminder to adults that your individual being is, and forever will be, important no matter how “normal” you may feel. As for the children, it’s a fantastic movie that supplies humor, creativity, and a good long life lesson of promoting individuality.