Saturday, March 8, 2014

The LEGO® Movie (2014)

Anarcho-Capitalism is the philosophy behind The Lego Movie (2014), in which "[a]n ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together," which I just saw with the boy. The movie's villain, President Business, is the embodiment of crony capitalism, ruling over a dystopia that was as Huxleyan as it was Orwellian. And that's just scratching the surface of this entertaining movie's many layers.

The American Conservative's Noah Kristula-Green calls this "powerful commercial for a toy that links generations" a "paean to domestic stability [that] really does transcend political ideologies" — Why ‘The Lego Movie’ Resonates.

Think Progress's Alyssa Rosenberg not that the President Business has "homogenized culture to the point that there’s only one television show, an idiotic sitcom called Where Are My Pants, and a single hit song, the admittedly amazing 'Everything Is Awesome,' made conformity the norm, and reduced his citizens’ identities to their interests, be it in cats, surfing, or sausage" — ‘The LEGO Movie’ Is An Amazing Critique Of American Mass Culture.

""There might not be a more classically liberal film in the history of film-making," says The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway, rightly noting that the film "isn’t just pro-business" but "also about the importance of hard work, creativity, ownership, innovation and human dignity" — Is The LEGO Movie The Most Subversive Pro-Liberty Film Ever?

"But references to Aristophanes? Ibsen? Orwell? To an architect who died more than 2,000 years ago?" says Religion News Service's Jeffrey Weiss of some of the film's unexpected parts, and noting the "echoes of Jesus and Guru Nanak, the father of Sikhism," as well as reminding us that "the broad popularity of Pope Francis is exactly about the way he is redefining the balance of conformity versus creativity for the Roman Catholic Church" — The Lego Movie’s got religion.

"This is it. This is the one. This is the film that our entire shared experience of pop culture has been building towards," thought this reviewer while watching this "kids’ movie that matches shameless fun with razor-sharp wit, that offers up a spectacle of pure, freewheeling joy even as it tackles the thorniest of issues" — Ebiri on The Lego Movie: A Spectacle of Pure, Freewheeling Joy.

Along with my son, José Ortega y Gasset, Ayn Rand, Murray Rothbard, and Pope Francis would all find something in this film.

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