'The Lego Movie' is 'anti-business' and political? Sorry, I missed that

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  • gittalopctbi Glendale, AZ
    March 7, 2014 10:28 p.m.

    I know no one will probably catch this comment, but I just returned from seeing the movie and it is hilarious! How anyone can see "undertones," "overtones," or some sort of dark message really needs to chill out. It is just a simple movie and one of the things that makes it so hilarious is how it pokes fun at itself. Really. Just see it and laugh.

  • JoCo Ute Grants Pass, OR
    Feb. 20, 2014 1:26 p.m.

    @ Midwest City. Are the Liberals and Tree Huggers causing all the earthquakes in OK. Maybe the citizens of OK are beginning to feel the impact of all the oil well activities. When the quakes grow in both frequency and size, as they are just beginning to, maybe the pro-business at any expense leaders will be able to solve the problem as easily as they caused it. Nope!

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 12:19 p.m.

    Lucky for us, the Lego Movie isn't an anti-capitalist movie. It is an anti-totalitarian movie.

    Despite the name of the villian, you have to realize that he controlled everything. His "micro-managers" put people into place before the Kragle was applied and froze them into place.

    The "master builders" are like todays small businessmen. They are the people who look at the world differently and find solutions for the problems at hand. They are opposed by the government rules (instruction books) when they develop new things.

    The bad guy (totalitarian government) failed once the people realized that they didn't have to fit into the position that the government put them in.

    To "ego" it should be said that government has destroyed more lives than it has helped. Just look at the black families. Before government handouts they struggled, but were improving. Since the handouts, their familes have been destroyed.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    Feb. 19, 2014 7:10 a.m.

    JoCo Ute, you are why I don't take theophobes and left-nuts seriously, and will never see The Lego Movie.

    ... See what I did there? Labels and name-calling don't work to convince others of their errors, they harden them into firmer enemies. If people who think differently from you are objectively wrong, you're making the problem worse.

    Extra: "Faux News" makes it difficult to take someone seriously. That's not how "faux" if pronounced. On top of that, jabs at Fox News are empty considering the lack of criticism MSNBC gets in comparison.

  • bw00ds Tucson, AZ
    Feb. 18, 2014 9:34 p.m.

    I don't know--after reading this article and some of the comments here at DN about the innocuous video of Alex Boyé's "Let It Go," I tend to think that some people over-analyze and can't just sit back and enjoy the show. Yes, we do have to be vigilent of bad influences, but c'mon--sometimes you just need to enjoy the show!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 18, 2014 6:02 p.m.

    It looks like a good movie. Might even see it.

  • ego Laie, HI
    Feb. 18, 2014 4:26 p.m.

    Really Jared. Government has never improved anybody's quality of life? Lets consider just a few things like. The Safe Drinking Water Act. Or how about the Interstate Road System. Maybe the G.I Bill. That one sure did well for my grandfather. Started the family business as a result of it. Never could have left the farm without it. And how bout that lack of the recurring depressions in the economy. We really haven't had a depression since the government started regulating business. Government is an easy target. Indeed the Government gets a lot of things wrong. But to suggest that they have never improved anybody's quality of life is ludicrous. If this government has truly not improved your life. try living in a third world country that is truly run by the capitalists. There are plenty to choose from. I would venture to suggest that the vast majority of people in those countries would trade forms of government in a heartbeat.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2014 3:40 p.m.

    Back in my day, Mary Poppins got the the "political" treatment. And, I suppose, most stories could face that charge. In this case, more people ought to check it out - and take the kids.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Feb. 18, 2014 3:18 p.m.

    it was just a movie

  • Mayfair City, Ut
    Feb. 18, 2014 2:44 p.m.

    I thought there was a sub-plot: Dad's don't be jerks to your children.

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2014 2:11 p.m.

    If any movie(s) had any statements about "commerce"; it was the 2nd & 3rd installments in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

  • Jared from CT SOUTHBURY, CT
    Feb. 18, 2014 1:48 p.m.

    Socialism is indeed just as bad as Facism. Both are elites ruling over subjugated masses, and both have the same ultimate destructive ends.

    And lets not lose sight of the fact that government has NEVER improved anybody's quality of life -- except that of blood-sucking politicians and elitist rulers. It is private enterprise (capitalism) that provides both the incentive and the funding (whether diverted to government coffers or not) that leads to advances that make things such as the 8 hour work day at all possible.

    Leftists love to caricature the capitalist as the criminal. While this is sometimes true, the biggest criminals of all time are leftist leaders, such as Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and Hitler. If we're not talking about body count, but just financial and moral corruption, then leftist political leaders take top prizes there too.

  • JoCo Ute Grants Pass, OR
    Feb. 18, 2014 1:28 p.m.

    Faux News is a joke. PERIOD. Their talking heads along with the rest of the right wing Business as a Religion crowd will accept nothing short of blind obedience from the worker bees of the world. Minimum wage. . . never, Unions. . . No way, EPA. . . it must go, Universal health Care. . . it's socialism. The historical list of things the Business is a Religion crowd hate (and fought against) must include; the 8 hour work day, 2 day weekends, social security, paid vacations, medicare; family leave, child labor laws, and job safety regulations.

    The Lego movie along w/ The Lorax, The Muppets and Wall-e, according to Faux News are all anti-capitalist propaganda machines. What Business as a Religion refuses to acknowledge is that their claim that they can pillage the earth, poison our air and water and destroy the delicate balance of the earths climate is wrong.

    Our actions today must be viewed with the understand of how they will impact our children, our grandchildren and their children.

  • Reflectere Utah, UT
    Feb. 18, 2014 1:16 p.m.

    There was certainly come political undertones. We tend to think that any message against big corporation is a bad thing - well, it's not always. Fascism is just as bad as socialism. There is a balance and I think LEGO nailed it in their movie. That being said, we have to realize that the PRIMARY message of the movie was about allowing children their creativity. It was that LEGO is a kid's toy and not an adults collector item. That adults shouldn't "kraggle" their blocks by the book and prevent their kids from ever exploring the limitless possibilities of LEGO creation.