You might have heard of a little movie called ‘The Lego Movie” a few years ago. It was cute, fun, and a hit. Well, one of the best characters has been given his own show, and we got the best Batman movie in years with “The Lego Batman Movie.”
Since “Batman Begins,” Batman films have been centered on characters not the Batman. With his Lego incarnation, he is fully on display and his sass is unleashed and unbridled as he faces his enemies and returns home solo to Alfred and his self-enforced solitude. “The Lego Batman Movie” takes what audiences have been treated to as formulaic Batman interpretation by studios and throws it out, embracing a fan-held ideal of the character in an effort to refresh it for an audience most likely tired of the Caped Crusader’s featured appearances in film.
The jokes come fast and furious for the entire runtime of the movie. From rapping the score to his own battles, to putting his ego on display to hilariously ill results, and finally to facing down some baddies from across the WB catalog, this Batman is dark, lonely, proud, and hilarious. Clearly a movie directed at kids, the inclusion of more adult humor means that the adults bringing said kids will have even more to laugh at than they would have expected.
The voice work by Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera and Rosario Dawson are all spot on for comedic timing and inflection needed to bring our connectable, square heroes(and villains) together. The partial breaking of the fourth wall by Arnett’s Batman a la Deadpool, and the more recent Lemony Snicket, by way of narration and asides to the audience further enforce the tongue-in-cheek nature the writers and director, Chris Mckay, took to telling a Batman story, and it paid off.
Its always strange when movies are relevant to our everyday lives without meaning to be. The ending about the meaning of family and working together is a heartfelt one, and one that animated movies like this are best at when illustrating for their audience. The Batman and Joker finally realizing the depths of their feelings(of hatred) for each other, and Batman allowing himself to feel a part of a family again, are both inherent to the development of the Batman character, and inherent to the mold of society that may need a reminder to the fact that working together means everyone wins in the end.
Go see “The Lego Batman Movie.” You won’t regret it. It’s funny, heartfelt, and cute for all ages. Oh, and take your nerdy friend to explain the British Robot Monsters to you. You’ll thank me.