He Who Has Eyes To See.
I can be a nightmare to take to see a film. The reason is because I always seem to watch them on two levels, the actual film itself and then also how God seems to ‘haunt’ the movie on another level. I can watch a classic and come away disappointed that it has not stirred me on another level and I can watch a stinker and come away excited at what I have seen in the scene or heard on another level. For example I came away disappointed at the latest Hobbit movie because I could not even think of one quote that excited me, or I can watch a film like Cloud Atlas that does not seem to excite anybody and be blown away at the levels beyond the levels and almost feel as if I have been travelling through eternal levels of heavens and peeling back the layers of God’s presence around us, about us and on earth. Maybe the roots lay in the fact that I began my walk with Christ the day after watching the film The Cross and the Switch-blade on the cinema screen, or maybe it was earlier than that after watching Grease or Star Wars and really feeling part of all that was going on. I really don’t know. But what I do know is certain movies become part of my story; Field of Dreams, The Matrix trilogy, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Minority Report, Cloud Atlas, Wizard of Oz, Lion King, Toy Story and the most recent film I have seen this week The Lego Movie.
Everything is Awesome.
The Lego Movie is very clever on many levels, but I was not expecting to get so excited about a movie that I had little expectation for. But the film is superb entertainment, I have not laughed out loud literally at a film so much for a long, long time. It is hilarious for adults as well as children with it’s many in jokes on other films and the characters themselves. Then there is the message that is so powerfully prophetic on the journey beyond the walls. I am going to say a few things about it but I trust this is not spoiling anything but teasing you enough to get you to see it. The film centres on Emmet, a real anti hero. One who follows the rules of a land full of rules. Yet these rules are not seen as binding but the way to be happy. The rules tell them how to live, how to relate, how to be happy. When they sing ‘Everything is Awesome’ I was so reminded of our nice Christian worship songs and charismatic attitude of victory in everything. Anyone seen breaking the mould is viewed as a dissenter. So after seeing a girl acting outside the rules Emmet pursues and in the chase loses the book and falls down a hole into another world where there has been a prophecy about a special one. The adventure then begins as Emmet is seen as the Special, discovers a world of no rules and finds that everything has been under the control of an individual, one who wants to contain everyone by glueing them to one spot. During this time Emmet visits Cloud Cuckoo Land. I love the quote here;
Emmet “There is no signs or anything, how does anyone know what not to do?”
Unikitty “Here in Cloud Cuckoo Land there are no rules. There is no government, no babysitters, no bedtimes, no frowny faces, no bushy moustaches and no negativity of any kind.”
Lucy “You just said the word no like a thousand times.”
Unikitty “And also no consistency
This spoke to me on many levels about life outside the walls. When we are not submitted to any church or leadership or covering or living under the ‘Word’ interpreted for us by the preacher, how does anyone know what not to do? In the place of no rules how do we measure how we are walking? What others see is a lack of consistency and double mindedness but the walk of freedom in love and discovery without the rule book is an adventure that discovers fresh life and relationships. It seems like an alien world at first without boundaries but it soon becomes the place of discovery of so much creativity and adventure.
Because Emmet has the ‘piece de resistence’ they see him as the Special, the one who comes to rescue them from control and manipulation. But Emmet is no hero. When he gives his speech to a room full of heroes it is hilarious. But Emmet discovers that being the Special is not for an individual for everyone else to look to, the Special is a message for all of us. We do not need calls and prophesies and titles and recognition, just a realisation of who we are. I love it when Emmet talks to the baddie of the film and like revelation he says;
Emmet: “You don’t have to be the bad guy. You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe. And you are capable of amazing things. Because you are the Special. And so am I. And so is everyone. The prophecy is made up, but it’s also true. It’s about all of us. Right now, it’s about you. And you… still… can change everything.”
What a message! Read that again because that is for you. Emmet is prophesying deep into your spirit. We stand around waiting for special one’s to bring revival, change community, build a church, lead us and show us where to go and what to do, when all along the Special is all of us. I am buzzing from that revelation again right now as I think about it. He chose the weak things of this world to confound the wise. What are you waiting for the chosen one for? You are the chosen. You are the Special. What you are carries great significance that can change a story, or create a story. Emmet was the anti hero who brought child like wonder and creativity and a world of imagination and no limits from a world of boundaries and same old, same old. He fell into it by accident, others look for the treasure but many are finding life outside the walls. This is one great film on many levels and one I recommend for families, especially those who find themselves going with the flow but yearning for something more. Go along and see what you can see.