Quick Review: The LEGO Batman Movie
The LEGO Batman Movie is out now and, well, it's exactly what the title implies: It's a movie about Batman but also made of Lego. This delightful film features the talents of Will Arnett (Batman), Michael Cera (Robin), Rosario Dawson (Barbara Gordon), and Zach Galifianakis (Joker). Dozens of other talented actors and classic DC characters show up to round it out, bring the laughs, and bring the action.
If you've seen the LEGO Movie, then you know the basic idea of this Batman incarnation: He's self-asborbed, brooding, and a bit corny. In his world, no villains aside from Joker really pose much of a challenge and Batman is less dark vigilante and more hero to Gotham. Somehow, though, it works here.
It's at times both funny and poignent. At other times, it's clearly just a vehicle to sell products... Mostly LEGO and Apple, apparently. Unlike similar living product placement films in the past, these LEGO films have at least been made by folks who care about the source material.
Frankly, it's better than any of the DC Snyderverse films. The characters mostly appear as the characters should. Batman is Batman, but a funny version for kids. Dick Grayson is a young, joyful Robin. Really the only weak point here is Joker who, much like the Suicide Squad Joker, doesn't really feel like the Joker. I guess it's because he's less of a laughing psychopath jokester and more of a generic evil badguy.
Go see it. Turn off your brain and turn on your inner child. Have fun, watchin for dozens and dozens of references to Batman shows, movies, and comics (like Bane's voice and the voice of / design of Two-Face). It's all just good fun and, really, where else will you find Calculator and Killer Moth in a movie?! Or Batman battling Daleks?!
Watch it or skip it? WATCH IT!