Updated: Dec 22, 2019
This fun movie is a different take on the caped crusader. Bruce Wayne A.K.A Batman has to deal with the notorious plans of Joker while taking an orphan under his wing.
“Black. All important movies start with a black screen. And music. Edgy, scary music that would make a parent or studio executive nervous. And logos. Really long and dramatic logos..……”
If a guy watching isn’t already laughing or grinning ear to ear, well this movie will go right over his head. So begins The Lego Batman movie with Will Arnett’s deep voice as the Batman introducing his audience to one of the most hilarious roller coaster rides in recent animation film history.
Directed by Chris Mckay, the irreverent, sarcastic, ass-whipping movie takes on just about everybody, and does so with such charm that this Lego character has become one of the best loved screen icons. Fast paced, sophisticated and nuanced, this movie endears even the most serious Batman fans and everyone else with the eye and the ear for the outstanding joke-in-every-line kind of script.
Revealing Batman to be a gentle heart behind his aggressive persona, a lonely child behind his heroism and bravado, a self-indulgent, self-praising fun-loving character looking for affirmation and love in his vulnerability, this take on one of the most awesome comic characters is not just bold and outrageous. It’s also incredibly risky. Would it work with audiences and critics? Would such a ridiculous yet lovable version of Batman be accepted and liked by viewers across the globe? With a character like Batman, the stakes can’t be higher, and the outcome would be make or break. It would seem people would either lap it all up or reject the very notion of such a Batman created with apparently scant respect for the character.
Evidently the risk paid off. And what emerged was a superbly balanced character made so lovable with his goofy, innocent and daring persona.
Black. All important movies start with a black screen.
With the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and almost every other Batman villain on the loose, Batman has to stop the forces of evil, and defuse the bomb threatening Gotham. But like the more serious movies, this layered script reveals Batman struggling to face his greatest fears and coming to terms with his own emotional needs and anxieties.
Alfred (Ralph Fiennes), plays a father figure to Batman. And every other character fits admirably into what could easily slip into a chaotic mix of too many people in a very linear plot. How this movie remains engaging and hilarious right through is tribute to an outstanding combination of script, characterization, editing, animation, and music.
The humour is deep. One scene simply shows Batman heating and eating his favourite lobster dish. The silence, the rotating microwave light, and the crunching sound as he chews the lobster communicate his deep loneliness and frailty with such economy and art that it combines humor and sadness all at once.
Irreverent comments about Ironman and Superman and even some random stuff about a Tom Cruise movie are just some of the many flavours added to this heady cocktail of sarcasm and wit. Great action sequences climax when all the villains gather to take down Gotham, and Batman has his moment of glory saving everyone (but with help he is finally willing to accept from his friends).
With a score of 7.3 on IMDB, the vote is clear. This movie is not just any entertainer but an artful and extremely novel take on the most imposing, grim and larger than life superhero of all time!