You may be asking yourself why in the world would Batman gets his own movie in the form of digitalized plastic. Well, like what The Lego Batman Movie harps on and on, it is simply because Batman is awesome. With the world so hung up on Ben Affleck hanging up the director’s cape for his solo Batman outing in the tentatively titled The Batman, and the DCEU self-mutilating in broad daylight, a block-buster (pun intended) Batman movie which isn’t canon to the DCEU is what we all need right now, but not the one we deserve.
The Lego Batman Movie is essentially about Batman facing the greatest enemy he has ever known – himself. His narcissism is on steroids this time and it is a journey of self-discovery for The World’s Greatest Detective as he learns to deal with the villains of Gotham City with more help than he’d ever imagine instead of relying on his style of being a lone vigilante. Among other notable characters in the DC Universe, his trusty superhero sidekick, Robin (voiced by Michael Cera) and his loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth (voiced by Ralph Fiennes) joins him in his adventure.
The film opens up with Batman’s (voiced by Will Arnett) gravelly voice narrating over the company logos, poking fun at the nature of Christopher Nolan’s opening credits of his Batman Trilogy – the use of a gloomy, modified version of the Warner Bros. logo to show how the Bat is an adoption of darkness. This is quickly followed up by Batman breaking the fourth wall yet again by acknowledging that he is a comic book character in a movie of his own. From this point onwards, it is clear that The Lego Batman Movie doesn’t not take itself seriously at all, and it is a sign for all things to come in the movie. A good one in that aspect.
When I say this film transcends all kinds of absurdity, I really mean it in every sense of the phrase. The Lego Batman Movie is star studded with characters from some of Warner Bros. most famous intellectual properties, including the DC Universe. Most of it doesn’t make any sense at all if you’re thinking along the lines of the Batman universe. As the characters make their appearances, you know you are sub-consciously screaming in your head about how everything doesn’t add up. But it doesn’t matter because it works out tremendously for the film which is built on the basis of fun and craziness. Just a titbit or spoiler for those who are going to watch the film, Voldemort makes a cameo. You can probably get a rough idea of how outrageous The Lego Batman Movie is from that statement.
The universal joke in the movie about Batman’s egocentricity, his desire for solitude and his ripped abs are exploited to no end. It’s as if they had this bottomless pit of corny jokes they could count on but they just had to let their laziness in creativity take over for this one. There is honestly never a break in the script, which is written in a very quirky style; abundant with quick-fire jokes and clad with references and Easter eggs from top to bottom. Sometimes it tries way too hard to be like the cool and fun The Lego Movie we know and it doesn’t always turn out the way it wants to.
While this movie is buried in a slew of awkward jokes, it has surprisingly a lot of heart as well. The Lego Batman Movie ventures into unchartered waters by giving us a rendition of Batman no other film has ever done before. A self-centred, self-obsessed loner by nature, the film explores the fabric of his definitive characteristics and how it hurts him more than what he thinks. The supporting characters who Batman works with are great too. The relationships he has for instance, with Barbara Gordon (voiced by Rosario Dawson) or The Joker (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) are believable and the lessons he learns from the interactions translate into a clichéd ‘moral of the story’ ending for the kids to learn from.
The Lego Batman Movie gives off the same kind of vibe as The Lego Movie. So if you were a huge fan of the latter and their catchy song ‘Everything is Awesome’, you will most likely enjoy the former. It is gorgeously animated, family-oriented, and quite possibly the best Lego movie which will ever exist for the Batman fans.
Should you spend money on it? Yes
Directed by: Chris McKay
Screenplay by:Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, John Whittington,
Based on: Batman by Bob Kane and Bill Finger
Starring: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Cera
Running time: 104 minutes