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Magazine of the Socialist Party, Australian section of the CWI

Film review: The Lego Movie

The Rupert Murdoch-owned, Fox News said the Lego Movie’s ‘anti-capitalist’ message is ‘pushing an anti-business message to our kids’.

By Socialist Party reporters

The film is set in a world where one large business holds a monopoly, and controls the state, suppressing opposition. The workers in the film receive daily instructions about how to live their lives, and are told this is the best way for things to function.

They are hypnotised by mindless TV and music – instructed to “enjoy popular music” with messages about how great everything is in the current system. This leads to a stifling of creativity and ultimately no real happiness but it also leads to a struggle.

The main villain is Lord Business while the hero, Emmet Brickowski, is a construction worker. He follows all the rules but his attitude changes when events bring him into contact with a ‘relic’ – a distinctively non-Lego object that has fallen into the Lego world from the outside.

While this film was produced by mainstream corporations with profits in mind (the movie has grossed over $50 million already) many people may leave the cinema with much more than the film-makers intended.