The Lego Batman Movie review
Later this year, we’ll be getting the first part of the Justice League movie. With the previous movies of The Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, and Suicide Squad, a lot of major DC fans aren’t too sure how the next movie will improve on things. One character that’s been getting a lot of talk is Batman. Who can blame them, as Batman seems to have overtaken Superman as the most iconic and loved superhero. I too love the character and I’m always looking forward to the next big thing with the caped crusader. So how strange is it that the latest movie with Batman happens to be a comedy?
Speaking of comedies, one of the best in the past few years was The Lego Movie. It was fast, quip, very unique with it’s humor, and toped it off with some stellar animation. What was though to be a giant product placement (and probably is) turned into what had to be one of the most libertarian stories of all time. The Lego Movie is something that I’ve seen several times and I continue to find new things. To expand this universe, their version of Batman now gets his own movie in The Lego Batman Movie.
In what has to be a giant tribute to everything fun about Batman, almost every villain he’s faced is working with the Joker (played by Zach Galifianakis) to detonate another bomb to destroy Gotham. Of course, Batman (played by Will Arnett) takes everyone down, stops the explosion, and then tells the Joker that he’s not his greatest enemy. Hurt knowing that he’s not the greatest villain, Joker develops a new plan to show that he is important. Meanwhile at Jim Gordon’s retirement party, his daughter Barbara (played by Rosario Dawson) announces that the police would like to work with Batman to finally end the caped crusader’s vigilantism. To top things off, the Joker arrives with every other super villain to surrender.
This puts Batman in a state of boredom until he decides that Joker must be banished to the Phantom Zone (the place where Superman sends General Zod in the second Superman movie). With help from his accidental adopted son Dick Grayson (played by Michael Cera) who is taking up the mantle of Robin and his butler Alfred (played by Ralph Fiennes), Batman succeeds in his mission, only to find the Joker has a major comeback planned.
I cannot spoil what Joker does, but it follows on the continuity of how The Lego Movie is built, but it’s crazy and over-the-top. Over the top are the three words to best describe The Lego Batman Movie. I mean that in a good way, as the film works as a major satire and tribute to everything that is Batman. What’s stranger is that this is a way better Batman movie then last years Batman V Superman. The people making this clearly understand that character better and even give Batman a better character arc.
Will Arnett has to be the perfect choice for this kind of Batman; tough and intimidating, but also full of himself and very selfish. You still sympathize with him as he learns about his various figures of “family” and tries to movie forward in his dealings as the crusader. While I can say the everyone else was great, I was surprised by how quick Michael Cera was as a funny Robin.
The Lego Batman Movie is another “joke a minute” story that’s similar to The Lego Movie. If you didn’t like that movie, this’ll probably not sway you over. What’s hard about this movie is that The Lego Movie just seemed like a perfect script. This isn’t perfect, even though I laughed a lot. It’s just that the original movie set it’s standards so high that the expectations are now at an intimidating level.
I’ll give this four and a half Lego Batmans out of five. This should provide a good example on how a parody should be done in Hollywood. It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a good parody like this. Kids and their parents should have a fun time with this Batman…maybe even more then the live action one. Take your capes, masks, batarangs, and batman shark repellent to the movies and laugh as this caped crusader makes your happy.