The Lego Batman Movie
Batman is back in all his Lego brick glory to take on his greatest gallery of villains yet.
After defeating the latest caper of Gotham’s criminals led by the Joker, Batman finds himself at a loss for what to do when crime in the city begins to drop rapidly removing the need for a masked vigilante. Commissioner Barbara Gordon wants him to team up with the city’s police, and his trusty butler Alfred wants him to take the orphan Dick Grayson under his wing as Robin. Orphaned himself and used to fighting his own battles, Batman isn’t sure he wants to be a part of a team, much less a new family. Time is running out for him to decide, however, as sinister forces are plotting Gotham’s destruction.
In a world where the current trend is to make superhero movies gritty and dark, “The Lego Batman Movie” is a welcome breath of hilarity. Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, is as much an arrogant man-child as he is a crime-fighting detective. His absolute self-confidence and tendency to burst into raps brings a level of ridiculousness to the action that only something as bright and snappy as a Lego movie could pull off.
The movie’s humor pokes fun at Batman’s long comic book and movie history. It frequently references the newest Batman V Superman movie and even has a few throwbacks to the campy 60’s TV show. It’s a love letter to anyone who grew up under the protection of Gotham’s Dark Knight.
The stop-motion Lego animation is colorful and keeps the jokes coming fast. The scope of the sets is fantastic as Batman whips through the cityscape, out to Wayne Island, and into the cavernous Bat Cave.
The plot of the movie is tightly written, but also a lighter-fare. There isn’t a big plot twist or a deep theme explored, but it’s the “Lego Batman Movie.” It’s meant to be fun, not deep, and there it triumphs.
If you’re looking for someone to save your weekend, look no further then the caped crusader.