Saturday, March 1, 2014

Why the LEGO movie is bad for your kids

As everyone I know was raving about the LEGO movie, Josh and I decided to take the boys Friday night and check it out. I mean we do have two boys and Ben is obsessed with legos (we have a gazillion of them at home). So we ordered our tickets online and went after Josh was off work. We ordered our large popcorn and candies and sat back to enjoy an hour and a half of a family friendly movie.

Wrong. The LEGO movie was absolutely so wrong on so many levels. I can't believe Plugged In even gave it almost 5 stars. I am telling you so if you haven't seen it and are thinking about going, you might want to reconsider..hard. 

Here is the synopsis so you know:
The story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO mini figure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for Emmet is hopelessly & hilariously unprepared. (Christian Cinema).

I'm still in shock that so many people would agree and think this movie brings a positive message when underneath it is not a positive message. Have you ever heard the term wolf in sheep's clothing?  Yep, that is what I am calling this movie and here is why:

Rules 
They portray in the beginning of the movie that they have rules and guidelines for everything. Now first, it portrays too many rules but suddenly they all disappear and I mean all. Suddenly it's better to do your own thing and not listen and obey at all.
What is that teaching your children about authority? 

Split Personalities
This film had way too many split personalities with the LEGO figures. I did not like how one minute it is a good cop next a bad cop. One minute the strange little unicorn figure (with the extremely high male voice) is happy and thinking "happy thoughts" and next minute is raging red and going crazy.
Can anyone say psycho? 
Do we want to teach our children that it is completely okay to change attitudes at any minute? 

Who was bad?
In the end, who really was the bad guy? There wasn't. It gave so many mixed ideas and roles that even  Ben (our 4 year old) seemed confused when we got home of who was the bad guy when we talked to him. Suddenly President Business was happy and did the right thing? 

The Man Upstairs
Throughout the movie they signal and hint to the man upstairs (who later is played by Will Ferrel). The man upstairs is the one who builds them and who rescues everyone- ok so what is so bad?

They portray him as the bad guy, President Business,and it's revealed at the end that the rebellious son introduced chaos, disorder and disregard for the "instruction book" to a society built in perfect order by the man upstairs. The LEGO movie calls the man upstairs the "bad guy" and says that he is forcing everyone to follow the "instruction book". Do you see it now? The rebellious son tells his dad "you don't have to be the bad guy anymore". Suddenly the dad (man upstairs) recognizes value in chaos and rebellion, sees it as good and turns.

If only the movie did not say the man upstairs (because everyone knows who that's referring to) and if they had left out the end of the world kind of plot and just made it about the LEGO people it would be okay. But nope, they have slammed so much against God, the Bible and more hidden beneath the sheep's clothing.

They are saying it's okay for people to do what they want or to do things against the Bible. There's value in it. It's good for society. If you just throw out the instruction book-- everything is awesome.   

So you see why I am 100 percent not happy with this movie. It completely portrays the wrong message and makes it confusing for children to know who is good? Who is bad? Nobody, that is who they say.

I am completely let down by Plugged In and their review, I will be not be relying on them anymore for family reviews. This is completely my opinion but I would love to hear yours if you saw the movie.


What are your thoughts on the LEGO movie?



7 comments:

  1. Good for you Elisha. We have not seen it (with 4 kids 4 and under we don't go to movies lol). I really respect that you blogged this even though it seems to go against what others are saying! Way to go mama!!!

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    1. Thank you Leigh Anne, I truly appreciate the encouragement

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    2. Don't listen to Elisha. She's being a pessimist. There are so many good things about this movie!

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  2. I have to respectfully disagree with this review. In Matthew 23, Jesus is very clear how he feels about people who follow rules just for the sake of following rules, calling the Pharisees snakes & vipers. Throughout history, courageous groups of people defied authority and changed the rules so they could better love their neighbors--the abolitionists, suffragettes and progressives who campaigned to end child labor, just to name a few.

    As for Lord Business -- don't you see the redemption in that story? Do you truly want your sons to see a world full of "good guys" and "bad guys"? How about a world full of flawed human beings who ALL have the potential to be "good" through Christ and God's forgiveness?

    And the 'man upstairs' is most likely supposed to be what people refer to as "The Man" aka the status quo that encourages people to be robots and not question why they believe what they believe, just follow what everyone else is doing. To that I offer Paul's advice in Romans 12:2 -- "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

    However, I think it's great that you went in to this movie to form your own opinions, and not just see what everyone else around you was seeing.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your opinion. I still disagree with you. Thank you for letting me sharing my opinion too and reading this post!

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  3. Well I took my kids, and I have to agree with Elisha, the Lego movie left me with a bad feeling and my kids were excited about the fact that the bad guy was 'cool!' which I find very disturbing. I disagree with the previous comment that we don't want to live in a world with only 'good' guys and 'bad' guys, the fact is, God can perform a miracle in anyone's life, BUT there is a thing called 'right' and 'wrong' and this movie completely confused kids and more than a little 'blurred' the idea that there is ANY good versus evil...the movie says it at the start, 'Everything is awesome', no matter what. Good post Elisha, I appreciate the courage it took to write this and for being honest :-)

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    1. Thank you for reading. Thank you for the encouragement!

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