The Thing I Like About …

The Lego Movie: the theme-tune.

At the beginning of the movie, we see Emmett and the other Lego people in the town all getting up and getting ready for their days – the same exact day they had the day before, and the day before that, and the day before that. We see pretty quickly that Emmett’s life is more than overdue for a real change, and that one of the points of the movie will probably be breaking Emmett out of his habits and helping him have an adventure.

We watch as Emmett has that adventure, and meets new people who “don’t follow the instructions”, and he and these new friends form a team that has what it takes to destroy the bad guy – if they can learn to work together.

And so the theme-tune does double duty: it points out how the town is stagnating in its uniformity and routine, by having everyone chant in unison, “Everything is awesome! Everything is cool when you’re part of a team!” … and sounding for all the world like a town full of brainwashed zombies tricked into believing that they love their mundane, repetitive lives. But the song is just as true in the second half of the film: the bad guy is only thwarted – and all friendships honoured and solidified – when everyone is “part of a team”.

So what does that mean?

It means that teams aren’t about rigidity and conformity; they’re made up of individuals – who each have their own skills and talents – and they work best when they’re formed by the team-members themselves. It means that in the end, there’s no particular right or wrong to the kind of lives we lead – as long as our days are our own, as long as we have the ability to choose, as long as we aren’t paralyzed by the unknown.

It’s also kind of nice, in such a maudlin world as ours has become, to have a song about how great things are.

So … best theme-tune ever.

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