The Lego Batman Movie
9.8 / 10
- Great animation
- Sound mixing and editing was great
- Voice acting was excellent
- Direction was good
- Nicely paced
- I loved how the film managed to explore the father and son aspect of Batman and Robin's relationship, while expanding on the lore in a way that we've never seen before on the big screen.
- Cinematography was great; especially if you're able to see it in 3-D.
- Jokes were funny, with some nice references to the previous Batman adaptations of the past.
- It's unclear whether or not this film takes place in the same universe as "The Lego Movie." Obviously, they're all still lego figures, and they still know how to "master build", which was a thing in "The Lego Movie", but there's really no other references to the previous film apart from that. However, when you consider the plot twist of the first one, then it's hard to harp on this flaw too much.
- Predictable cliched story, but still enjoyable.
LIFE DOESN'T GIVE YOU SEAT BELTS!!!
"The Lego Batman Movie" may be one of the funniest parodies ever made. In an era where most parodies outright suck, "The Lego Batman Movie" reminds us that there's still life to be had in those types of films if given the right talent behind them. While the story still uses a lot of the same characters, and voice talent, from "The Lego Movie", there's barely any reference to the last film.
No word on what happened to Emmett, Wild Style, Princess Kitty Unicorn and etc. Nope, they're not even mentioned in this film at all. In fact, none of the lego figurines outside of the DC related ones are ever mentioned. Apart from the characters obviously being lego figures themselves, and Batman telling Robin how to master build (which was a thing in the first "Lego Movie"), there's really not much of a connection between the two films. This could be good or bad depending on how you want to look at it.
Objectively speaking, it does allow for the movie to stand on it's own merit, but it does create a few plot holes as well considering this is supposed to be part of the same universe as the last one. However, when you consider the bizarre plot twist of "The Lego Movie" that explains their entire universe, then you can't really harp on it too much, but it's worth pointing out.
The story follows Bruce Wayne (Voiced by Will Arnett), who's been crime fighting for decades. After beating up all his enemies again, and recapturing the Joker, Bruce attends a party, where he accidentally agrees to adopt a young boy named Richard Grayson aka Dick, who's voiced by Michael Cera. And of course, he meets the presumed love of his life, Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl (voiced by Rosario Dawson), who's the new commissioner of Gotham City. But unlike her father that was more than willing to let Batman operate outside of the law to capture criminals, she wants to work with Batman to stop criminals, while working within the confines of the law.
Needless to say, Bruce is against the idea, and inevitably gets duped into an elaborate scheme, by the Joker, to send him to the phantom zone, so he can release all the world's greatest villains upon Gotham City.
With little to no hope to survive, Batman must overcome his greatest fear in order to protect the city once again. What's that fear you may ask? It's the fear of being part of a family again.
While we've gotten tons of Batman movies in the past, we've never had a theatrically released one that explored Batman and Robin's relationship as father and son. Granted, I'm sure there's probably tons of direct to DVD movies that fanboys will point out, but when it comes to the Batman films that were originally released on the big screen, we never seen their relationship explored before.
In Joel Schumacher's Batman films, Robin was always more like an annoying little brother, or a cocky best friend, to Bruce Wayne, but you never got a sense that Robin ever viewed Batman as a father figure like we saw in the comics. Whereas in "The Lego Batman Movie", we not only get to see that relationship explored, but we also see a new character arc for Bruce that no other Batman film has ever tried to tap into before. Does Bruce fear being part of a family again?
While this new arc might seem out of character for some fans, it's something that's worth exploring. Let's keep in mind. Batman lost his parents at a young age. He was devastated to the point that he dedicated his entire life to training, and preparing himself, to fight crime against various organized crime members, and the criminally insane. He puts his body on the line every night. He denies himself a lot of the basic pleasures like a normal life just to protect Gotham City. All of this to ensure that no child would ever endure what he suffered through, when his parents died. So when you think about all of that, it's not hard to imagine that Bruce probably would've developed something of a phobia of being part of a family again because then he'd have someone he could lose all over again.
It's an interesting story arc that "The Lego Batman Movie" explores, and it's carried out quite well. Granted, the film is still mostly silly and highly satirical, as it makes various references to several of the previous Batman adaptations of the past. However, it's nice to see that behind the heavily satirized film that it still manages to tell a deep story that expands on some of the lore about the characters.
Whether you're a fan of the last Lego film or not, "The Lego Batman Movie" is worth checking out if for no other reason than to get a few good laughs, while seeing a surprisingly deep father and son story about arguably one of comics best dynamic duos to date.
© 2017 Steven Daniels