Do You Wanna Build… with Legos?

Warner Bros. Pictures

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I never really enjoyed playing Legos with my brothers. They never wanted to follow the instructions, always left a mess, and inevitably pieces would get lost without us knowing. More often than not, Legos would only cause me to yell, either from pain piercing through my foot or in annoyance at my younger brother’s destruction of my city.

However, last weekend I still took the youngest of the two to see “The Lego Movie,” the first big-budget movie on the silver screen in the company’s 80-year history. It’s been five years in the making, obviously well worth the wait, with a $69.1 million box office opening weekend. It’s cast is basically an A-list actor roll call, a bit unnecessarily as Channing Tatum’s Superman has about three lines. But somehow it’s worth it, because Morgan Freeman sounds good in everything and Will Arnett is officially my favorite Batman ever.

The story follows ordinary construction worker, Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt), who follows the instructions pamphlet step-by-step, from buying his $37 coffee in the morning to saying hi to his neighbors. He works his normal job, listens to the same music as everyone else, and every once in a while has an original thought to himself about the legitimacy of it all. He meets a pretty girl named Wyldsyle (Elizabeth Banks) and finds The Piece of Resistance, a prophesied object to put a stop to Lord Business’ (Will Ferrell) evil plan. The legend states that the one to find this piece is the ultimate “master builder” and the smartest, most talented, most interesting person in the world. Otherwise prophesied as “The Special.”

Okay, okay, this isn’t exactly ground breaking or even an above average plot-line, but they manage to poke enough fun at themselves to make it interesting. After all, doesn’t the box say ages 6 to 12? The movie is essentially 100 minutes of advertisement, but unlike “The Internship” or even “The Social Network”, it doesn’t make the story one exhausting preach to the public. The characters try to hold hands with their awkwardly shaped Lego-claws and the “relics” possessed by President Business (Will Ferrell) are things most commonly found at the bottom of a Lego trunk. They can show the flaws in their product with humor because they know the nostalgia behind it is enough to make up for it.

The movie weaves in and out of various settings, leaving the little kids shouting “Superman!” before he’s swept away and we’re looking at President Lincoln. The movie has a pace similar to that of my brothers when they would tear down my cities or smash a creation when they got bored. It’s that build-to-rebuild-better mindset that makes the movie so funny, odd, and quirky. “The Lego Movie” is for Lego fans young and old, filled with love and nostalgia that leaves you feeling like you can build anything.