'The Lego Batman Movie' film review
You'd think that for Valentine's Day week, I'd be reviewing one of the hot Valentine's picks for this year, Fifty Shades Darker. However, as much as I'd love to metaphorically rip that film to shreds, I did not want that franchise to have a single penny of my money.
So, instead of any of that rubbish, for Valentine's day I'm reviewing a film that I, and you, should be happy to spend your money on, and that, of course, is the other film that involves several people wearing lots of grey and black and spending time in a secret dungeo- CAVE. I mean, cave. It's the 'The Lego Batman Movie'! Yes, the spinoff from 2014's hugely successful 'The Lego Movie' hit cinemas and I am here to tell you that it's really great.
'The Lego Batman Movie' focuses on Batman, voiced fantastically by Will Arnett, who reprises his role as the caped crusader, as he struggles to balance being Batman, being a reluctant father figure after he accidentally adopts Dick Grayson (better known as Robin) and his own insecurities as the Joker attacks Gotham City. In this film, the Joker is played by Zach Galifinakis and his relationship with Batman is one of the best things about this film.
The language used throughout the film between Batman and the Joker is reminiscent of a lovers' spat, to the extent where an upset Joker complains "When was the last time you said 'I hate you?'" The humour in this film is brilliant and I was laughing throughout. It's rather full on humour and sometimes you barely have time to process one joke before you're laughing at another. but overall it's definitely universal humour. My favourite jokes, however, were the jokes that were very self-aware when it came to the Batman franchise, particularly the jokes at the expense of the 1960s Batman series and film as well as poking fun at how many movies Batman has had. It definitely pokes a lot of fun at the concept of Batman, which, when you get down to it, is just a moody guy with severe parent issues who dresses like a bat to fight crime because he can afford it.
It's packed with both nostalgia and laughs, and it has a good strong plot and cast. Rosario Dawson and Michael Cera in particular were excellent as the voices of Robin and new Gotham police commissioner Barbara Gordon. I had a great time seeing this film and it was fun to see a new and less serious version of Batman. I had a blast and I'm sure you will too. Batman out.