If I may be so bold, let me suggest how viewing this movie is going to go for you. As you take your seat in the theater, you’re honestly going to be a bit worried that you’ve just dropped serious change to see to an overly-long commercial for a toy that your kid is going to want the moment the credits begin to roll. But then the lights will dim, the screen will flicker to life and you’re going to find yourself snickering and even laughing … out loud. And by the time the third act of the film rolls around, you’re going to find yourself wondering: are they really going to pull this off? Can they actually make a “kids” movie that has more emotional punch than the original Toy Story?
To be clear, I am not suggesting that The Lego Movie is a perfect movie. At times, it borders on sensory overload, as the sounds and colors of this vibrant world continue to cascade over you in an almost unrelenting fashion. But the further you get into the film, the more you come to see that this is part of the movie’s genius. Absolutely nothing is out of bounds for this film; and that’s the way it should be given its thematic commitment to the idea of raw, unbridled creativity. If the writers and directors occasionally veer into the territory of just “too-much,” that’s a small price to pay for the visual, innovative wonder that is the rest of the film.
And then, as I said, there is the small matter of the third act of the film.
Now, I don’t want to give away anything that happens in this final act because, to be honest, more than almost any other film that I can think of, this film zigs exactly when you expected it to zag. And in the process of doing so, it elevates its game and becomes something more than you ever expected it to be – a wonderful meditation not only on the worlds we create with our imagination, but on the worlds that we choose to share with others.
Yes, its true. The Lego Movie is an advertisement for toys. But if you give it a chance, I think you’ll find that it is also one of the most profoundly wise films that you will ever watch with your young children. And that – that’s worth far more than you’ll ever drop on a Lego set or even on a couple of movie tickets.