There’s nothing more American than LEGOs…
which actually are from Denmark…
so never mind that.
It’s wild how many people have been looking forward to the LEGO Movie – not just kids, but teenagers, parents, grandparents and more. The movie “clicks” – not just on the level you hope for, but with some extra layers of insight that give you plenty to talk about. It’s an easy enough movie to just go and see with your youth group.
What if you built on that, though?
For example, our Middle School ministry met together at our local theater on the movie’s opening night. Afterward, we sat down over some pizza and talked about the movie’s plot. Without spoiling it for you, the basic concept is “Emmet,” a random construction character/mini-fig you might find in a LEGO set spontaneously becomes a part of a major quest. It involves some Matrix-like revolutionaries and “master builders” who think he’s “the Special.” When it appears he isn’t that person of influence, everyone wants to bail on him.
What tween or teen can’t relate to that?
The movie offers its own satire, along the way dropping appropriate jokes for all ages and several hidden gems that only adults might get. Along the way, we learn what the movie is really about – something I won’t spoil for you here.
Here are some questions that you can easily talk over as you’re yapping with your students in the car ride or over pizza:
- Basic open-ended question: What did you like about the movie? Any surprises?
- Who were some of your favorite characters? What about them did you like most?
- If you could be an actual LEGO character for a day in the LEGO universe (or make up your own character), what pieces or special components would you have?
- Could you relate at all to Emmet? In what ways does life seem sort of “ordinary?” Could you ever see yourself getting swept up into something “special?”
- What are some things Emmet did to try to impress others? Have you ever done something to impress another person?
- Emmet said, “When you told me I was important and special, that was the first time anybody had ever told me that.” Who is someone in your life who needs to hear this kind of encouragement from you today? Do you want to be encouraged right now by us?
- One of the characters says that when it comes to Emmet’s ideas that the villains end up overlooking him because “they’re so dumb that no one expects them to work.” Do you think God uses ordinary people the same way?
- The characters talk about their perspective of something else that’s out there – “the man upstairs.” What do you think people think of “the man upstairs” (God) in our world?
- Imagine that God was to whisper something to you today – what might He tell you is “special” about you?
There are also a number of religious themes that the movie explores, as summarized by an article on the Huffington Post.
Did you see the movie? Any plans to?
What might be some other good takeaways?