I disagree that this had anything to do with politics. As you discover (MOVIE
SPOILERS FOLLOW), the story is through the eyes of a kid who enjoys playing with
his father's legos. His father spends a lot of time busy in his own
interests. The story is about a little boy's cry for attention from his
father. He wants to be like his father, to enjoy the things his father enjoys,
and at the same time is a kid who just wants to be free to do things his way.
When I was a kid I did not understand why my dad was always off on
business trips all the time. My mother complained a lot about it, and I tended
to see things from her perspective. I wanted a connection with my Dad, but we
were different. I could completely relate to the real conflict in the Lego Movie
story. I could see why the boy decided to make Lord BusinessPlan the enemy... to
me it was about a kid creating a story for why his dad's excuses for not
spending time with him. I did the same thing as a boy.
I don't think he got it. Yes the villian is named "Big Business",
but the movie is more about anti-Totalitarinism. The villian is the leader of
the Lego world, and everybody has to fit into a mold, follow the rules, and do
exactly as instructed.The people who save the day are the creative
people who refuse to fit into the roles dictated by the government.
On "The Lego Movie", I had to laugh at the "anti-business"
accusations. I could have imagined Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business
School as a script consultant. So much of the theme was straight out of his
ideas on disruptive innovation and "How Will You Measure Your Life?"
Mr. Bennett seems to be searching for things that offend him. Perhgaps, since
his companions did not notice the reference, it was not a slight but just part
of a song in a play.
Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar.
"But what if the filmmakers really were trying to use “The Lego
Movie” to brainwash our kids into hating free markets?"This is the most telling aspect of the article, begging the question, at which
point in a child's natural development do they learn to respect the
inerrency of the free markets? And why would a cartoon criticizing adult
theories qualify as "brainwashing"? I used to believe our newspapers
were a source for challenging our preconceived notions of the world and
enlightening us to alternative viewpoints, not simply reinforcing our existing
beliefs and prejudices. How naive I was...
Lest we forget, a book we know as The Bible is not supportive of Capitalism
either. And yet we encourage our children to read it often.