or some reason, I find reviewing comedy a joyless task. Something is either funny or not and trying to explain why the joke works takes something out of the joy for me. So basically, you can stop reading here. The Lego Movie is hilarious and you should go see it if you like fun. Oh, there is a lot more going on here, but I suspect that it’s better to discover the extent of it on your own. You’d be justified in expecting infantile jokes and nauseating product placement. Even after reading the (uniformly positive) reviews, I mainly expected an endless, frenetic barrage of amusing pop culture references and not much else. Nothing prepared me for way the animation was made to look tactile, like something a kid would make in his room. Or the giddy, anarchic mix of heroes from all over the pop culture spectrum (Wonder Woman!). Or THAT Batman song. Or the discovery that Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson are also brilliant comic actors.
Best moment for me was the Star Wars joke. I will say no more on the subject though.
Better yet, for a major toy franchise, the goddamn thing is effortlessly subversive, mocking the standard “you are the chosen one” narrative and replacing it with something far more interesting. There are times when the manic sugar- rush threatens to collapse on the viewer and the borderline sappy finale may exasperate some, but it’s all worth it for the genius final joke.
Perhaps it’s a blessing that when toy nostalgia and the Hollywood production line come together, the result is usually insulting, witless crap. If all capitalist exercises at brand recognition were as witty as this, we would all surrender to the machine gladly. So yeah, The Lego Movie is as good as everyone claims. What are you waiting for? Go watch it.