metamodern, postmodern, self-reflexive, and hyper-referential?
2) Is The Lego Movie profound?
3) How does The Lego Movie advertise for a toy company and simultaneously intrigue the adult viewer with its coded references? Shouldn't we be objecting to a film with the bald crassly commercial title of The Lego Movie? How can such a terminally ironic title prove so liberating?
4) How does The Lego Movie riff on the trippy color scheme of Speed Racer (2008)? Is The Lego Movie the first major psychedelic film of the new millennium?
5) How does the brainwashed conformist figures (including our hero Emmet) in Bricksburg reflect the dystopian world view of They Live (1988)? How much does The Lego Movie suggest that we are all brainwashed by corporate-controlled popular culture (which would logically include the advertisements to go watch The Lego Movie)? For example, when Wildstyle asks Emmet about his favorite restaurant, Emmet replies "Any chain restaurant."
6) How much is Bricksburg a testament to the moronic homogenization of corporate-controlled culture? Is the movie's TV show Honey, Where Are My Pants? a reference to the futuristic stupidity of Idiocracy (2006)?
7) How does Henrik Ibsen's 1892 play The Master Builder pave the way for the Master Builders of The Lego Movie?
8) How does the free-wheeling seemingly-subversive ideology of The Lego Movie make the lumpen militaristic Navy-advertising stupidity of Battleship (2012) and the sterile plastic machismo of G. I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra (2009) that much more despicable?
9) How do President Business' robot micromanagers comment on the evils of repressive corporate domination?
10) Why does Bad Cop's snarl strongly resemble that of Dick Cheney? Does President Business' nefarious practices (which include torture) mirror Bush-era foreign policy?
12) When one visits a Toys"R"Us, one finds a massive amount of its shelf space devoted to expensive box sets of Lego toys. How much does The Lego Movie reinforce its parent company's agenda?
13) Jonathan Franzen writes that "Technological consumerism is an infernal machine." Is The Lego Movie compelling because it pretends to subvert the very thing that lies behind its creation?
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