The made-for-children Lego Movie is about good vs evil. It is set in a fictional Lego universe with a deeply sinister underbelly determined to destroy it from the foundations up. Centered around the main character Emmett Brickowski, we watch him transform throughout the film, from ordinary Lego citizen obedient to the system, to unwitting participant in a political revolution. To the untrained mind, it may seem he is the hero doing good, but he is merely a puppet, a pawn used as part of a bigger plan. Rife with propagandistic undertones, designed to subvert children’s innocent minds, things are not what they seem as Emmett becomes complicit in the destruction of Lego Land.
The distinct class differences and personality traits that run parallel with real life are obvious. There is the ruling class made up of one Lord Business, creator of Lego land with his army of protective officers who help keep the land running smoothly. Then there is the working class, who are seemingly and unquestioningly content with their lives. They work diligently, plodding along earning a living. Lastly, there is the insurgent class, who refuse to recognize Lord Business as their creator. Self-proclaimed Master Builders, they consider themselves superior to him because they can build without instruction manuals. These are the ones who want to destroy Lego land, deface it and tear away at its moral foundations.
The movie opens with construction workers dancing uniformly, and in sync. Clearly content, productive members in their community, they sing the latest hit song, “Everything’s Awesome”. Emmet takes centre stage whilst performing compliance checks, and adhering to strict OH & S protocols. He keeps the team on track with projects, maintaining order and basically following all the rules.
Emmett, like many in life is a well-intentioned, arguably perfect citizen. Portrayed as a simpleton, he makes for the perfect middle man as he knows well how to follow orders. Sadly his destructive flaw is his shallow, naively simplistic worldview. It is not long before he is seduced into a kind of hypnotic state by an encounter with the woman, Wyldstyle. Questioning nothing, he blindly follows her into a literal abyss where she is searching for The Piece of Resistance. This is the lid to the super glue Lord Business uses to protect Lego Land from being subverted by the over zealous group of morally corrupt detractors. Unlike the others, Emmett cannot build without instructions. Nevertheless, he is used to stop Lord Business from super gluing lego world into permanent perfection.
Unfortunately, this movie is shown to millions of children worldwide who, like Emmett, will also be deceived. That Emmett is the hero of the movie is a complete fallacy. His lack of consciousness made him the perfect tool used to destroy Lego Land. It is sad that he could not discern the lies and deception of the rebel class. Rather the audience will see Emmett as the nice guy who fell in love and fought hard for the woman to save Lego Land from the nefarious Lord Business. A racist, bigoted extremist who waves his gun threateningly at anyone who desires change.
In fact, Lego Land is overseen by a loving creator who constantly falls under attack by nefarious rebels. Though Lord Business is seen as the antagonist, he is the real hero. He is doing a good work gluing broken or missing pieces together. Society needs structure, order, community, shared goals, security, and someone to keep it together. Without all that, we find ourselves in a chaotic mess, with people who don’t know what they are, where they came from or where they are going.
A forgotten God, corrupt leadership, and a lack of foundational instructions, led to feminism, transgenderism, sexual deviancy, all kinds of degeneracy, and cancel culture. We need Lord Business, we need His instructions and we need His glue.