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The ending of The Lego Movie was spoiled for me before I saw it.  I’m not complaining; it is my prerogative to not go out of my way to avoid spoilers.  And it wasn’t specifically spoiled in any one review – I put the details together from various reviews and comments sections.  It is also my prerogative when writing my own reviews to include spoiler-ish information if useful, so be forewarned and stop reading if you feel you must.  I believe that a great movie still holds up even if I know the ending ahead of time, whether or not that ending is surprising.  But if it is a surprise, it is fun to have that surprise revealed when it is meant to be.  But, oddly enough, I think I actually enjoyed The Lego Movie more than I would have without knowing the ending.  Each point of conflict was so much more resonant because I knew it was supposed to have sprung from the imagination of a young boy trying to get through to his dad.

Surprise or no, that last scene worked brilliantly.  I loved the way it was directed and edited.  Obviously there was plenty of care given to the visual aesthetic of the majority of the movie, goofily capturing the herky-jerky rhythm of moving blocks around.  Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller probably could have gotten away with blowing off the live-action portion, but it appears that they gave it just as much care.  There are several high shots of Dad Will Ferrell that are blocked by the Lego models that effectively convey a child’s POV and just look cool.  Also, props must be given for the psychedelic transitions of Emmet traveling between the Lego and real worlds that made everything disorienting in the best way.

The message of The Lego Movie is inspiring, and it is phrased in a perfectly nuanced way.  A prophecy declares that whoever finds the Piece of Resistance will be “the Special,” the one who will save the world.  And so it is that Emmet, a simple construction worker, finds himself in this position.  But Emmet doesn’t find himself among the more obvious Master Builders like Wyldstyle, Batman, and 1980-Something Space Guy because everyone is special; he is among them because anyone can be special.  You see, Vitruvius made up the prophecy, but that does not mean it wasn’t true.  It just meant it was incumbent on Emmet to make it become true.  And so it is for everyone to figure out how to be special themselves, knowing when to follow instructions and when to imagine whatever they can think of. A

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