The entirely appropriate theme song.
The LEGO Movie is exceptional.
Watching it feels like watching a virtuoso performance; the people who made the movie clearly know their craft, and you can see them having fun playing around inside the boundaries set out for them, playing with the audience’s expectations even as they satisfy them. And they do it so skillfully that they are able to take a story that we’ve heard millions of times before and turn it into something wonderfully fresh and enjoyable.
You certainly have heard the story before, because The LEGO Movie is built around the monomyth. It also, by virtue of its medium and a few helpful hints, manages to tell a story outside of the story with which the film opens. I’ll talk more about that later, but that topic is full of spoilers.
I strongly recommend that you go and watch The LEGO Movie. As my friend Ben put it, “this could be the Toy Story of this generation.” If you want more of my thoughts on the movie’s virtuosity, read on…