The Lego Movie and The Shining share more in common than you think. Stories, whether told, written or filmed, can be read in many different ways with the observer becoming part of the story through his or her interpretation. I have long loved the Shining. It is one of the few films that truly scared me. It is a great movie that people go bonkers over. With a small son sick for a weekend, I was introduced to the Lego Movie. It is a children's movie. For a children's movie, it is tolerable for adults. After the fifth viewing of it with my son, the simple "Working dads, you be good to your kids" message could be eye rolled quick enough to think about the movie's weird "the lego is alive" section. The Lego Movie and the Shining are about the same problem, the gifts fathers and sons share, yet the Lego Movie is about a reconciliation of its duo's awareness of said abilities while the Shining is about a split.
This could very easily become stupid, so if you are wary of it, stop reading and enjoy the rest of your day.
In the Shining, Jack and Danny both have a gift. They can both Shine. We know Danny can because the cook explains the secret to us. Without the cook, every ghost moment where Jack or Danny interact with something is purely in their minds. Jack has the gift, just like the cook and his gramma. Danny has the shine amped to '11'. Wendy runs around the hotel spooked out by things, yet never gets cobwebs from the skeletons on her closes or has any splotches of blood from the elevator. The father and son react differently to the evil hotel built on an Indian burial plot. As I wrote recently, their shine mingles with the Overlook, and they react differently. Jack discovers his son has the same abilities as him, and does not want him to ruin his paradise. They love each other, but Jack loves what the hotel does for him. It seduces him, and takes his soul.
In the Lego Movie, the son and father both are gifted Lego builders. They are creative, smart, and organized. It is all a kid's tale to make a nobody who doesn't feel special suddenly important in the eyes of lord business (Daddy, pay attention!). There is a weird little catch though. The lead Lego guy, Emmett, moves on his own in the real world. Maybe it is psychic powers. Maybe it is purely frustrated energies between the father and son. This is a grown man pushed into his basement to play with kids toys. This is his fun zone. His son tramples on his enclave and fantasy world. He recognizes the expert and innovative creativity that his son has, which he has himself. He also sees the improvisational skills his son has that do not require following instructions. He recognizes the limitations he has placed on his son. They can reconcile this ability, their ability. They love each other, and the father decides to accept his son and share the experience.
Your kids are a part of you. Many of your strengths and weaknesses will be their strengths and weaknesses. People worry about not being as good as mom or dad at something. That is small potatoes. A true crisis is what does an adult do when the child proves to be superior. That is a fully formed, adult ego a child or teen is crushing. The parent can always pat a struggling child on the head, "there there, it's okay, not everyone can be awesome". What happens when Junior can destroy dad at his favorite game or is a better singer than mom? The Great Santini shows what happens, and it is not pretty. Jack yelling at Wendy to not ruin this job for him because she might secretly want him doing humiliating work is nothing compared to the reaction Jack has about Danny possibly taking away the world of the Overlook from him. How dare he. It's his retro-paradise where everyone needs him and values him. The Shining is one of the best horror films made and the Lego Movie is a cute children's film. There is no evil hotel to meddle with the family in the Lego Movie, but at its core, the movies deal with a similar conflict. It's a conflict most parents will face.