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'The Lego Movie' is the ultimate combination of commercialism and creativity

Liam Neeson, posing with his character Bad Cop.
Liam Neeson, posing with his character Bad Cop.
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The Lego Movie


If I had seen "The Lego Movie" as a child, my body would have exploded right in the theater. Okay, let's face it: I almost exploded while watching "The Lego Movie" as an adult! There are so many beloved characters brought together on screen that I almost couldn't handle it. It seems a day doesn't go by without speculation about an upcoming Justice League movie, but let me tell you, they are already here! Wonder Woman is on the big screen! You liked Green Lantern and wished he had another movie? Well, now he does! Side note: can we get Jonah Hill in a live action Green Lantern movie? I don't care if he isn't the main character and he certainly doesn't need to be a Green Lantern from the comic books, but he needs to be part of the Green Lantern Corps in some capacity!

Really, if I had known that one day I would see Michelangelo, a member of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Batman on the screen together, well, it would have made getting to this point in my life a lot easier! In fact, I question whether or not I would have enjoyed this movie more as a kid. I didn't even know much about certain characters who make an appearance here when I was a kid, but love them now. So, actually, I think this movie came at just the right time.

It's not just the characters that are a delight to see on screen together, but the actors who play them. The cast in this movie is phenomenal. Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, and Morgan Freeman are just a few of the many, many, awesome cast members of this movie. Will Ferrell, in particular, has been on a roll lately between this, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues", and IFC television series "The Spoils of Babylon". Will Ferrell is perfect here. Will Arnett's Batman gives a much needed poke at the constant brooding of the character. The theme song he creates for himself in the movie might need to become my own theme song. Okay, maybe that's not a good idea, but it would be funny.

Speaking of music, there are some fantastic songs in this movie, created by The Lonely Island, the hilarious comedy group featuring Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer. Once members of "Saturday Night Live", they went on to create the excellent and underrated movie "Hot Rod". It's good to have them back on the big screen in some form.

People are waiting to see how Chris Pratt will fare this summer as the hero Star-Lord in "Guardians of the Galaxy". Well, here you can already see how he fares as the hero of "The Lego Movie". Spoiler: he does a fine job! Then there is Morgan Freeman, who is welcome to play a wizard anytime. It's fantastic. Then we get to see Liam Neeson as Bad Cop. I think that statement needs no further explanation. Oh, and shall I mention again that Wonder Woman is on the big screen? I guess I just did!

One thing I will say about "The Lego Movie" that I didn't expect is that it nearly made me cry. The movie is mostly laughs. It is mostly fun and games just like playing with the bricks themselves would be. However, there is another component of the movie that completely blindsided me. This movie has a message and it is a powerful one that is important for people of all ages to hear. There is a general theme of the power of creativity and of the uniqueness of each and every one of us that is important to be reminded of. This movie uses Legos as a showcase for just how important one's own creativity can be. I never thought I'd feel such strong emotions towards a toy as when I saw this movie. Okay, so maybe I had pretty strong emotions towards toys as a child, but, well, I guess I still do!

Now, you could say this is the biggest advertisement ever created and, in a way, I can't argue with that. The movie probably did stem not out of a desire to entertain and empower, but a desire to further a brand. However, that only would have been the initial driving force behind the movie. The final product showcases a movie that is not just out to make money. They have actually made something that could inspire people and if not that then definitely one that will at least entertain. Perhaps most people's inspiration from this movie will be being inspired to buy some Legos, but it could certainly go further than that. The messages in this movie do not just apply to Legos, they apply to a general way of life.

We should not simply live life the way we feel others think we should. No one should conform just because of how others may perceive them. Everyone is different in this world. Everyone is unique. This is something that should be embraced by all of us. So, unleash your unique thoughts and talents on this world by buying Legos and building stuff with them! Wait, uh, sorry about that. Yes, this movie may be a giant form of advertising, but when it brings so much joy, fulfills childhood fantasies, and gives such a positive message to children (and adults), it has done much more than sell toys. "The Lego Movie" is a winner for everyone, creatively and commercially.