Brick Lane (film review)

Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Cert. U. Running time 100 mins

When lowly, live-by-the-instructions Lego construction worker Emmett (Chris Pratt) finds the mythical Piece of Resistance, he’s mistaken for the Special, prophesied by Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) to become the greatest Master Builder and save the Lego world from the machinations of Lord Business (Will Ferrell), who wants to glue everything in place so that nothing can mess with his ideal of a ‘perfect’ Lego society.

Emmett must then team up with Wyldstyle, Batman, Pirate Metal Beard, ’80s spaceman Benny, Unikitty, and others, and somehow find the resources to save the day, despite having almost no discernible skills, defining characteristics, or even ideas. Although the theological framework of the film is not quite a Christian one, it nevertheless explores some big ideas in an insightful way, such as the tensions between order and creativity, law and grace, fitting in and being special.

John Calvin once said: ‘There is not a blade of grass, there is not a colour in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice’. The Lego Movie takes this notion and applies it to C.S. Lewis’s idea of sub-creation (human beings creating their own fictional worlds, reflecting the creativity of our creator God), resulting in a terrifically entertaining celebration of joy and creativity.

It’s all done with a refreshing sense of humour, and though the emotion is sincere and the stakes high for the characters, the film never takes itself too seriously.

The understated 3-D is integrated well into the visual storytelling, which already makes great use of its three-dimensional space in the stunning, over-the-top action sequences.


This article was first published in the March 2014 issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, artciles or reviews, subscribe to EN or contact us for more information. 0845 225 0057