Director: Chris McKay
Starring: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes
The Lego Batman Movie is a movie that released to the rest of the world in February but was held back to the end of March here in Australia. You can read my thoughts on that in a previous blog post.
The movie is about The Joker (Galifianakis) getting tired of Batman (Arnett) dismissing him as his greatest villain. So Jo,error hatches a plan to prove and make Batman admit that he truly is he greatest villain he has ever had to face. The concept of the story there is nice and simple and that’s what it should be, so it can leave room for the characters to really blossom. That’s what happens in this movie, the surprisingly deep and fleshed out characters are the driving force for the movie, instead of the story forcing them into unearned growth.
That was my favourite part of the movie, how well the characters came together. Will Arnett of course reprises his take on Batman from The Lego Movie which he was fantastic in. There could have been a Jack Sparrow problem there where you’re taking an incredible secondary character from a movie and bringing them front and centre and it doesn’t quite work but in this movie he only elevated his performance. Arnett brought his hilarious brand of humour and added in a real level of pain and loneliness to Batman which really hit well.
The rest of fhe cast did a great job too. Galifianakis brought a lot of fun and insecurity to his Joker, Rosario Dawson was a strong and smart Barbara Gordon who was perfect for keeping Batman in check. Ralph Fiennes was great as Alfred, trying to make Batman grow up and Michael Cera made for an adorable Robin.
Something else I loved is how much they celebrated the history of Batman and paying homage to his other live action outings, paying extra service to the 1960’s Adam West Batman. They went for some deep cuts from the comic books too utilising one off villains that never in a million years would have made appearances in any other movie such as Calendar Man and Condiment King.
Now for the negatives…. At a stretch I would say it’s maybe a little longer than expected. That being said it never really drags, but for a kids movie it is quite long. There are also little nitpicks I could probably pluck but no movie is absolutely perfect and they would be so inconsequential to the enjoyment of the movie.
I really enjoyed this movie and was blown away by how much more smart and coherent the story was and how much more emotional weight it held than last year’s offerings from DC, Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad. I give The Lego Batman Movie a 9/10.
Have you seen the movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and until next time, take it easy.