The LEGO Movie is one of the greatest movies of all time. The special effects are amazing, the humor is hilarious, and the music is awesome (pun intended)! Then when you think about the casting, the writing, and the overall story concept, you realize that the whole movie is awesome!
However, there is an element of the story that is left unclear: how the humans viewed the whole thing! It is true, we saw what the LEGO world really is and what the real conflict was, but we never had the full explanation of what the whole story looked like in the eyes of a human.
Well now the big-picture story is here! So sit back, relax, (and maybe grab some popcorn before you sit down and relax) and enjoy the human's view of The LEGO Movie!
The beginning of the story
So here's how the story originally opens: Lord Business storms the room where the Kragle is kept, defeats Vitruvius in an extremely brief struggle (blinding Vitruvius in the process, and gets away with the Kragle. However, just before he gets away, Vitruvius speaks a prophecy of the Special, who will obtain the Piece of Resistance and use it to stop the Kragle from being used for evil, as well as the Special being "the greatest, most interesting, most important person of all times." (IMDB) Of course, Lord Business ignores Vitruvius' prophecy (kicking him off the edge of a cliff) and moves forward with his evil plan.
This scene does have a human perspective: Finn's Father (which we know is Lord Business in the story) is a LEGO fan who likes to keep things in order... a little too much. In fact, he reaches the point where he starts to glue his sets and models together so that order may be kept forever. However, when he has a son (Finn), he thinks to himself (which would be Vitruvius speaking to him) that his son will be creative and want to build things anyway he wants, possibly putting an end to the order he so dearly loves. Of course, he doesn't know that it will happen for sure, so he continues his orderly building like nothing will change.
Emmet's Introduction to the Story
In the movie, (with the time period being 8 and a half years after Lord Business obtained the Kragle,) Emmet goes about his day in a fixed routine (almost literally, since he follows instructions). His actions do not impact others that much, nor is he that unique in his actions toward others (since he follows the instructions for that too). Even as a construction worker he is still one minifigure in a big city.
Here's how this plays out in reality: 8 and a half years after he was born, Finn is an ordinary kid who builds with LEGO bricks like any other kid would. However, he is not allowed to use his Dad's stuff, so he is limited to the normal, boring, small box that he has. So far, his building and actions have not changed his Dad's mind, so it's just the same routine of building small models everyday.
Emmet's Journey to Save the World
Here's what happened in the movie: Emmet comes across the Piece if Resistance, which becomes attached to Emmet's back. Then Emmet is interrogated by Bad Cop, who almost kills him after trying to remove the Piece of Resistance from Emmet's back. Wyldstyle then rescues Emmet and brings him to The Old West, where Emmet meets Vitruvius and discovers how he can be a Master Builder. Emmet, Wyldstyle, and Vitruvius then escape The Old West in a chase (led by Bad Cop) through Batman, who takes them to Middle-Zealand and brings them to Cloud-Cuckoo Land. There they meet Princess Unikitty and Emmet speaks to the Master Builders about how he'll be lead them. Bad Cop and his robots then storm Cloud-Cuckoo Land and arrest all of the Master Builders, except for Emmet, Wyldstyle, Vitruvius, Batman, Unikitty, and Benny, who escape via submarine. During their escape, Emmet builds what's special about him (a double-decker couch) and presents it to his friends after they have escaped, only to receive negative feedback. However, when the submarine leaks and explodes, everyone hides in the couch and survives, seeing Emmet's building as useful. Once the gang is rescued by Metal Beard, they all devise a plan to stop Lord Business from ending the world with the Kragle. During the heist, Lord Business captures them (killing Vitruvius in the process) and retrieves the Piece of Resistance from Emmet, and sets out to end the world with the Kragle. Emmet then sends himself into the Infinite Abyss of Nothingness in order to free the Master Builders. While Lord Business begins his work with the Kragle, the Master Builders send a TV broadcast to encourage everyone to build what they can to stop Lord Business. Everyone then begins building unique things to stop Lord Business.
This may seem like a lot to sum up, but it is actually quite simple: This is Finn's wishful thinking of ending his Father's controlling attitude with LEGO building. In his wishful thinking, he builds with his Dad's stuff and creates new models of his own. Vitruvius' death is simply his Father choosing to no longer listen to what other thoughts he would have against his actions. As for Emmet falling into the Infinite Abyss of Nothingness, that is Emmet simply falling off of the LEGO display table (by Finn's doing, but then he forgets about him for a minute).
The Resolution of the Conflict
The rest of the movie is this: Falling off of the LEGO display table causes Emmet to see the world as a human does, and in the process, he sees that Finn's Father has more Kragle to end his world. As Finn's Father begins to glue everything back into place (which in the LEGO world is everyone losing the big battle), Emmet struggles to fall off of the worktable that belongs to Finn's Father, who then falls to the ground and gets Finn's attention. Finn begins to play with Emmet again, in which Emmet then sees the world his normal way and becomes a Master Builder. Emmet then storms into Lord Business' ship and tells Lord Business of how the people building what they want is a good thing. During this time, Finn's Father starts to see what Finn had built with his stuff and begins to appreciate it. Also, Finn's Father discovers that Finn had been playing out a story in which he was made the bad guy, which causes him to give Finn a chance to reason with him. Simultaneously, Emmet tells Lord Business the same words that Finn tells his Father: that he doesn't have to be the bad guy, that he can be the Special too, like everyone can. Both Lord Business and Finn's Father turn good (hugging the person in front of them) and then put the Piece of Resistance on the Kragle, ending the evil control over LEGO building. In the LEGO world, President Business (he's a good guy now) begins to use the antidote to free people from the Kragle; which is Finn's Father using Mineral Spirits to remove it from the minifigures and bricks.
Once the conflict is over, there is of course the new one that arises, leaving the possibility for a sequel: as Finn and his Father build together, Finn's Father mentions that now Finn's younger sister can play with them, to Finn's fear. In the LEGO world, this is the whole gang hanging out on a double-decker couch, when suddenly, there are DUPLO aliens from outer space, threatening to destroy the world (perhaps the main conflict for The LEGO Movie 2?). This would be Finn's sister playing with Finn and his Father.
And that's what happened. So what do you think? Did I miss anything? Post it in the comments section below!