Why are adults so enamoured with the Lego Movies?
First there was The Lego Movie. Then, the Warner Animation Group realised that they were onto something, and we were rewarded with The Lego Batman Movie and after that, The Lego Ninjago Movie. And just recently, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part was released.
Surprisingly when the news dropped that everyone’s favourite Danish toys were coming to life in a new 4D feature film, it was the adults that perpetuated the craze, and not the youngsters. I’m referring to myself as an Adult-ish human in this case. So, what’s the deal? Is it because we grew up with these colourful blocks? Here are my top 5 reasons for being an AFOL (Adult Fan of Lego).
Epic voice casting
Personally, one of my favourite things about watching the Lego movies is trying to guess the voice behind the toy. The list of big name actors starts with the likes of Chris Pratt as Emmet and Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle, who are two of the main characters. But it really doesn’t stop there. We also have Alison Brie, Morgan Freeman, comedy duo Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, even badass Liam Neeson to name but a fraction of the stellar cast.
The element of satisfaction
I might be speaking for myself here, but there is something so satisfying about watching the little Lego figures getting blasted into tiny bits, just to reassemble themselves a moment later.
The sense of humour is everything
From Will Arnett’s overly gruff portrayal of Batman and his insistence on being a loner throughout the majority of The Lego Batman Movie, to the play on words which turns pièce de résistance to “Piece of Resistance”, The Lego Movie series has got it spot on. Safe for children, highly entertaining for adults.
“I only work in black….And sometimes very, very dark gray” – Batman
Serious crossover entertainment
I absolutely love when unexpected characters from different universes make surprise cameos, and nothing was off the table for the Lego Movies. Gandalf and Voldemort popped in, a little pop culture reference from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a couple of reality stars in the form Shaquille O’Neale and William Shakespeare, and even a bit of space adventure from the Star Wars cast.
Can we just talk about the theme song for a second?
The song, performed by Canadian indie band Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island (yes, that band), starts off as an annoyingly catchy earworm that basically brainwashes the residents of Bricksburg into believing that their mundane everyday lives are fantastic.
The International Business Times was onto something when it stated that the song “seems little more than an infectiously catchy parody of watered-down radio pop, right down to the faux-dubstep breakdown. There’s a lot more happening under the surface, however.” Subliminal fascism, anyone?
If you haven’t already checked out the awesome trailer to The Lego Movie 2, you can do so here: