In a kids' movie so deftly executing the high-wire act of being nostalgia-inducing with a grown-up theme, while being neither too cynical nor non-sensical, "Everything Is Awesome" stands out. Irony is a term I've heard used incorrectly so many times, but here it works. Bricksburg is the ultimate corporate agenda, a new-age urban-planning city hiding a deep, dark secret. Everything is not awesome. Hidden behind the veil of capitalism is, in fact, a tyrant--Lord Business. When the movie progresses, however, the defensive Wildstyle/Lucy reveals her enjoyment of the song. The ultimate message: even if a catchy tune is laced with lazy lyrics and you know it's downright manipulative, who cares? Snap your fingers, throw your head back, and give in to having a good time!
Dick Schulz: "Everything Is Awesome" (from "The Lego Movie")