So quick summary. The hero is Emmet, the most neutral construction worker ever.He live in a generic lego city, where every one follows the directions. The directions are literally the direction booklets that come with every lego set now a days (and so the meta fiction begins.) He finds what is called “the piece of resistance” and it gets stuck to his back, which mean he’s the hero. He meets a bunch of “master builders” which are lego people who can build cool things out of random pieces because they are actually creative (like you are supposed to do with legos). They want to stop Lord Business, who is the bad guy. Lord Business hates when people make things out of legos that aren’t in the directions so he wants to fix everything, permanently (which means gluing it together, and the piece of resistance is the glue cap). Lord Business is played by Will Ferrell too (this is actually important to the story).
Wow. This movie was the sleeper hit in the past year. I cannot begin to describe how much this movie impressed me. But I’ll try.
First of all, Joaquin Phoenix did a wonderful job. It could be very easy to accidentally portray a man getting an AI girlfriend as a creepy dude. But Mr. Phoenix creates a very real person who has gone through real things in his life, and he just wants to talk to someone about it. This concept of real people is a sub-plot that runs through the film. Is artificial intelligence real intelligence? Are AI people too? But here’s the greatest thing about that sub-plot. It is almost entirely in the background. Through the movie these struggles with the essence of life is only expressly shown through character interactions (i.e. conversations between characters who really don’t care about this SkyNet-net like happening). This is how the film handles most things. By focusing on the characters in the “sci-fi” movie, Spike Jonze creates a world that is different and futuristic in a way we’ve never seen before. After seeing it, I’m thoroughly convinced that some parts of the movie will really be in our lives in a few years. And I don’t mean in the Minority Report way of “oooh, well all have holograms and motion control giant screens.” I mean I can legitimately see our technological world evolve into the one shown in Her.