Director: Chris McKay
Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis
The Lego Batman Movie takes an interesting twist on the Batman story. Batman/Bruce Wayne (Will Arnett) as a protagonist who has his ego above anything else. He struggles in admitting that he, like everyone else needs a little help from family and friends. Will Batman be able to overcome his deepest and darkest insecurities along the way to saving Gotham City?
What The Film Did Well:
The first part of The Lego Batman Movie that I noticed is it does an amazing job of making fun of itself and the comic book movie industry as a whole. Even though this was a PG rated movie it had me laughing throughout and does a timely job with all its jokes. Sometimes in spoof movies as the movie progresses the jokes become forced from time to time and with The Lego Batman Movie that was almost never the case.
When it comes to Batman as a character, even though he is one of my favorites; sometimes there are parts of him that do become ridiculous. This movie points out some of the ridiculousness the surrounds Batman and his movies which I loved and thought was great. From his suit to his at time overdone dual ego, this movie hits every part and tastefully spoofs the idea of Batman.
Although this movie spoofs Batman, it also pays respect to the Batman of the past. There are numerous parts throughout this movie where it talks about some of the old Batman roles, going all the way back to the portrayal of Batman in the 1960s. Even though this movie hints at and talks about the Batman of the past it does not overdo it and made it clear each time what they were trying to do when referencing the characters of the past.
This movie stays true to who Batman really is both through his own characteristics and his relationships with others. When I was watching The Lego Batman Movie not once did I think I was watching anything other than a true Batman movie. His relationship with the Joker is great and shows a lot of their complexity with each other and how layered their rivalry can be. This movie shows that the Batman needs Joker as a villain just as much as the Joker needs Batman in order be such a great antagonist. His relationships with characters such as Robin and Alfred stays true as Batman comes off as standoffish which is exactly how Batman is portrayed throughout all media formats with Batman’s story.
This movie gets really deep which I did not expect at all. I personally love it when cartoon movies decide to have a deeper theme and this movie does it in a tremendous way. It focuses on some of Batman’s deepest fears and insecurities such loneliness and not wanting to get attached to others because in the past he has only ended up hurt when that happens. This was really not something I expected when I decided to watch this movie, but like I mentioned before; this aspect sticks true to who Batman truly is and I’m certainly glad they went with this deeper meaning and overall theme.
What The Film Didn’t Do Well:
There is not a whole lot that The Lego Batman Movie does poorly, but there a couple minor things. This movie does feel a little drawn out towards the end and the final third of this movie could have been shortened. Due to some parts of this movie being drug out it cause me as a viewer to become a little bored and took me out of the movie briefly. The main gripe with this movie is it comes up a little bland in flat in various areas, but it, for the most part doesn’t diminish the quality of the movie.
I had a lot of fun with The Lego Batman Movie. I had not seen any of the Lego movies yet and really enjoyed it. This movie gets a 8.0/10. I was really surprised with this movie and I’m glad I watched it. It’s thoughtful and deeper themes help boost this movie.