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In this episode of Las Movies, the space that El American dedicates to analyzing the world of culture and entertainment, Ignacio M. García Medina talks about The Lego Movie (2014) and its underlying political message.
Its directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, declared their intentions to create an “anti-totalitarianism” film for children, one that would speak to the importance of freedom and innovation in an honest society.
The Lego Movie: A Trojan Horse
The Lego Movie, starring Chris Pratt, is about a world completely made of lego pieces, where all figures must abide by the rules and are constantly under government control.
The villain of the movie is the president of the world, called President Business -played by Will Ferrell-, who is also the owner of the largest and only corporation in the fictional world.
Lord and Miller highlighted in an interview the fact that both sides of the political spectrum have made the film their own, something they find particularly amusing. “People on the right and on the left see it as a critique of their opponent,” they told The Guardian.
“We were using it as a Trojan horse to introduce some subversive ideas, under the guise of making a very entrepreneurial family film,” Miller said of The Lego Movie.
While from the left it could be seen as a critique of capitalism, corporations, and entrepreneurs, Ignacio thinks that is a very superficial view.
From his point of view, it would be more of a critique of “state capitalism,” the totalitarianism that gives the government the power of all corporations. “At the end of the day, this mega-corporation is a state monopoly that produces absolutely everything and whose owner is president of the government.”
The Lego Movie is, according to Ignacio, a critique “against everything that is not free market”.