THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (PG)
Cast: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes
Director: Chris McKay
Producers: Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Screenplay: Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, John Whittington
Story: Seth Grahame-Smith
Based on: Characters by DC Comics, Lego Construction Toys
Music: Lorne Balfe
Editing: David Burrows, Matt Villa, John Venzon
Budget: $80 million
Running time: 104 minutes
Voice Acting: 4
3D Score: 3.5
Technical Aspects: 4
Script, Screenplay & Direction
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE is a hilarious animated action movie which is a spinoff of the 2014 hit THE LEGO MOVIE.
In the animated comedy, THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, Batman is Gotham’s beloved hero, who’s always at odds with villains like the Joker. Batman thinks he doesn’t need anyone to help him, but secretly he’s afraid to be close to anyone. However, he accidentally adopts an orphan boy. Then, the Joker hatches an evil plot to take advantage of Batman’s pride. Eventually, Batman must team up with newly appointed Commissioner, Barbara Gordon and overcome his fear of having a family.
Will Batman reconcile his need to be in a relationship with others? Will he realize how much he’s hurt some of those around him? Will he be able to stop the Joker from destroying Gotham?
Though a bit convoluted in some places because of too many storylines THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE is actually an improvement on the already great LEGO MOVIE because it retains depth, but doesn’t have as many philosophical messages in it. The movie is laugh out loud funny, incredibly clever, action packed, exciting, and even touching. Happily, the movie has many strong moral, redemptive elements. Batman learns that he, and others around him, need a family to love and to loved him (and the picture that is most strongly pictured is a traditional family). He also learns he has to change his hard persona and be kind, gracious, loving, and caring. Through his adopted son, Batman learns what it means to be a good father as well, and learns to appreciate Alfred, who’s like a father to him. Batman also makes a reference to having a “cross to bear.”
The Direction by Chris McKay is top notch and his vision seems to be in complete harmony with the script and executed flawlessly on the screen with the brilliant animation.In conclusion, THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE is for the most part wholesome fun with too many pop-culture references to an extent that you are bound to miss as many as you will laugh on.
But where this film scores is the dramatic heft hiding beneath the laugh a minute narrative style which truly gives weight to the film in similar capacity to it’s prequel The LEGO MOVIE.
The voice acting talents of Will Arnett as the Batman is right on the money be it Bat raps or Bat quips. Zach Galifianakis as the Joker was a revelation. Michael Cera as the Robin, Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon and Ralph Fiennes as Alfred play great supporting roles as well.
Music and Animation and other Technical Aspects
The musical score by Lorne Balfe is pumpingly exciting during the action sequences but commendably sensitive in the emotional scenes as well.The BGM adds another layer to every scene in the film.
The production values are grand and editing is slick. Animation is photo-realistic LEGO with immaculate detailing especially in the action scenes.3D actually enhances the cinematic experience and I highly recommend the film in that format.
I will only recommend you to NOT watch this one if and only if
1.You hate Batman
2.You hate pop culture references in films.