Movie Review: The Lego Batman Movie

Fans of the Lego Movie rejoice as everyone’s favourite brick toys are brought to life once again in The Lego Batman Movie. Will Arnett reprises his role as the Dark Knight, in this hilarious over-exaggeration of the superhero, directed by Chris Mckay (Robot Chicken) and produced by the same team that wrote/directed the first movie (Phil Lord, Christopher Miller).

Batman, in every version of the character, has always been known as a pretty socially inept loner. And Lego Batman is no different. But, as it turns out, his precious Gotham is under threat from his one true hate, The Joker (Zach Galifianakis, The Hangover trilogy), and a bizarre mashup of villains not from the DC universe, but the Lego universe – Daleks, dinosaurs and Voldemort to name a few. Only Batman teamwork can save the city, so he must join forces with the adorable yet annoying Dick Grayson (Michael Cera, Arrested Development), Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson, Daredevil TV series) and a slew of DC super villains.

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Image credit: Warner Bros. via HeyUGuys

The animation is spot on, as it was in the Lego Movie. It genuinely looks like you’re watching a film made up of Lego characters, buildings, etc, right down to the plastic shine on everything, and the folds of the fabric clothing. Even the way everything and everyone moves is like it would be if you were playing with the infamous bricks (Batman’s tantrum is a perfect example).

A cheesy, sing-along soundtrack is whats expected of any kids movie, and the stand out ‘Everything is Awesome’ from the Lego Movie could lead you to think that would be the case here too. But you’d be wrong. Instead, the stand-out track is ‘Who’s The (Bat)Man’ by Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, and is pretty darn METAL. The rest of the soundtrack is quite random for a kids movie too, 1986 classic ‘(I Just) Died In Your Arms’ by Cutting Crew and Harry Nilsson’s depressing ‘One’ probably come as a shock to those that haven’t seen the film yet. But they are used brilliantly in the film.

Obviously this is a kids movie, but there’s gotta be something for the adults too, and it is directed by the dude that did Robot Chicken after all, so the occasional throwbacks to Batman through the ages – ’66 TV show Batman in particular – make it great for the grown-up, Caped Crusader enthusiast.

Lego as a toy is loved by many different generations, and it seems like Lego on the big-screen is capable of the same, with the Lego Batman movie providing something all ages can sit back and enjoy.

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