The Lego Movie (Warner Brothers) – 2014

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The Lego Movie


Emmet Brickowoski is just an ordinary guy. He follows the rules set up by President Business. He lives his life exactly how he is supposed to do. He goes to work every day at an ordinary construction site, is cheerful to everyone around him, and follows all of the trends laid out by society. He is so good at blending in, that no one really notices he is even there. Then, one day while leaving work, he sees an unauthorized person poking around. As he is trying to get their attention to let them know that they shouldn’t be there, the person reveals herself to be a beautiful woman. Taken off guard, he accidentally falls into a shaft, and sees something unusual. When he touches it, he has a strange vision, and wakes up be interrogated by the police about the “piece of resistance” that has adhered itself to his back. Law enforcement believes that he is part of a movement against President Business, and even though he makes it pretty obvious that he is no one and knows nothing about the movement or the piece of resistance, Bad Cop is ready to eliminate him anyway. The beautiful woman, Wyldstyle, rescues him and whisks him off by creating a motorcycle out of the Lego bricks she sees all around her. She is a Master Builder, and she believes him to be The Special: A Master Builder that has been prophesized as being the most interesting, most extraordinary person in the world, and that he is the one who can free them all from President Business, who runs the Lego world with a dictator approach, segregating the communities. Emmet has never been thought of in this way before, so even though he has no idea what he is doing, he plays along so that this pretty girl will like him. During the break out, however, he gives himself away with his desire to follow the rules. Wyldstyle, infuriated, brings him to her mentor, Vitruvius, an aged blind man who first voiced the prophecy. They, along with all of the other fugitive Master Builders, embark on a journey to overthrow President Business.


Legos have been fascinating children for generations. Many people are very serious about following the instructions to make sure that the structures look EXACTLY as they are designed to look. There are also those, however, who prefer to step away from the instructions to create from their own imaginations. The Lego Movie’s hero, Emmett, artfully allows children to see that there is a time and place for both types of creation. Sometimes it’s best to follow the rules and work as a team. But other times, problem solving requires the creative use of our minds. These creative talents should definitely be encouraged to grow. Emmett learns another lesson as well: what you really need to succeed is to simply believe in yourself. Your world doesn’t need to be absolutely perfect, as long as you are true to yourself.

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Emmet: That night in the city, when you thought I was the Special, and you said I was talented, and important… That was the first time anyone had ever really told me that, and it made me want do everything I could to be the guy that you were talking about.


Vitruvius: Believe!…I know that sounds like a cat poster, but it’s true.


Emmet: O.K., what would Lord Business least expect us to do?
Spaceman Benny: Build a spaceship?
Vitruvius: Kill a chicken?
Uni-Kitty: Marry a marshmallow!
Emmet: No! To follow the instructions.


President Business: Hey, not so special anymore, huh? Well, guess what? No one ever told me I was special. I never got a trophy just for showing up! I’m not some special little snowflake, no! But as unspecial as I am, you are a thousand billion times more unspecial than me!


Emmet (To President Business): You don’t have to be the bad guy. You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe. And you are capable of amazing things. Because you are the Special. And so am I. And so is everyone. The prophecy is made up, but it’s also true. It’s about all of us. Right now, it’s about you. And you still can change everything.


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