I'm with you Jason C. But... I think the dichotomy between those who build to the instructions and those who get creative is an interesting thing to examine, and I'm really surprised that they chose to make the instructions followers the bad guys. Ultimately the world needs both, don't you think? Wouldn't it have been a stronger message for them to team up but also admit that there is strength in having the skills to do it both ways? I hate the phrase but the old saying "the world needs ditch diggers too" comes to mind. Having the tenacity to complete long projects that were designed by others is a talent in its own right. Knocking on that seems short sighted to me.
The movie began as a hilariously scathing parody of conforming. And I was getting a little worried it was going to become too much 'be different'. Then it pivoted, when Emmet noted -- because of the Submarine car -- that the builders don't work well together, they're so occupied by being different.
It managed to find a middle of being different and unique, while knowing you've got to be a team player, and follow some instructions to reach even greater successes.
The only part of the message I dislike is the corporate hypocrisy of getting all the kids to conform to advertising and buy their designed-to-sell song.
The ending I liked, conceptually. I loved that it broke into the real world. It's like The Matrix, for kids. This would have blown my mind at age nine.
I didn't like that the live action was ... dull. After the hyper-kinetic, brilliantly stylized Lego animation, Will Ferrel looked like he was sleepwalking through a scene filmed by some amateur with a smartphone.
But, oh my, the Duplo ending!!!!
Also, someone should flag the title that the thread has spoilers.