Rating: 4 stars
Quick take: Batshit crazy!
Director: Chris McKay
The Lego Batman was one of the offshoots of The Lego Movie in 2014. It was a zany concept that stood out and therefore, The Lego Batman Movie got made. If you remember Lego Batman from The Lego Movie, you’d know he’d bring a lot of punk rock and rap style singing to his crime fighting. That’s what happens in The Lego Batman Movie. Batman turns up the volume, explosions, sardonic humour and the solo hero trick. In terms of humour alone, The Lego Batman Movie is superhuman in nature. The jokes, driven by Batman’s self-obsessed nature just never stop coming. But in terms of sheer cinema quality and Lego universe detail, this movie pales in comparison to The Lego Movie. On its own, this is a hilarious animated action film. It’s novelty lies in the fact that it packs in so many movie universe baddies against Batman and the madcap journey is outrageously fun.
Batman starts off with a customary rap about his cool crime fighting and Gotham saving ways. Actor Will Arnett (voicing Batman) has hundreds and thousands of lines of dialogue. The movie introduces supporting characters like Alfred (Ralph Fiennes), Robin (Michael Cera), new Commissioner Gordon (Rosario Dawson) along with regular Batman baddies like Joker (Zach Galifianakis), Bane, Penguin, Mr Freeze, Poison Ivy etc. Superman (Channing Tatum), Green Lantern (Jonah Hill), Flash and Wonder Woman also make special appearances. And then you also have popular movie villains like Sauron (Lord of the Rings), Voldemort (Harry Potter), King Kong, Dracula etc joining forces with Joker to destroy Gotham. This movie has a tsunami of characters. Movie buffs can have a gala time just spotting various characters from iconic films making an impact in The Lego Batman Movie. The story, keeping in line with the first Lego film, talks about family and friends and the way, loner Batman learns to build relationships.
This movie has its moments of inspired writing. The whole romantic undertone between Joker, Batman and their “I hate you” relationship is fabulous. The afraid of attachment Batman learns to care about his feelings, emotions and people thanks to some carnage carried out by the Joker wanting his nemesis’ attention. Director Chris Mckay’s movie is witty and full of clever repartee. In fact, in sheer craft of dialogue, this film is better than The Lego Movie. But directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had done a better job brining out “Lego” nuances in the original movie from 2014. The Batman aspect overshadows the Lego world detail in this movie though.
Its engaging to watch Batman and his buddy friends square off with such iconic villains like Sauron and King Kong. Will Arnett’s relentless dialogue of self-absorbed genius makes Batman a total jerk and therefore such an intriguing character. While the writers and director of The Lego Batman Movie don’t get the detail so much, they do get the humour bang on. Also fantastic is the recreation of Batman universe on a Lego landscape. The constant references to Nolan’s, Burton’s and especially Adam West’s Batman material is fantastic. It brings a crazy sense of nostalgia to this exhilaratingly paced movie.
The Lego Batman Movie is a thrill a minute ride. It features Batman in a gangster cum superhero mode, where he’s respected but not really loved by all. It’s the perfect parody to the Batman idea. Perfectly self-deprecating this movie explores the Batman legend with great tongue-in-cheek effect. It also has some iconic moments, like an all-white Batman. It’s audacious, brilliant and definitely a super powered comedy.