“I’m a night-stalking, crime-fighting vigilante, and a heavy metal rapping machine.”
Directed by: Chris McKay
Who knew Batman was so lonely?
Batgirl knew, Commissioner Gordon knew, Alfred, Wonder Woman, Ace the Bat-Hound… the Joker. Pretty much everyone except Batman knew Batman was lonely. Even with all his cool gear, his hidden lair, and those sweet, sweet guitar solos, something was missing. A bunch of stuff is not enough without someone to share it, and Batman’s friends have decided it’s about time to find him a family.
The Lego Batman Movie isn’t just about analyzing the unhealthy habits of a seventy-eight year old bachelor vigilante. There’s an action heavy plot that follows Batman’s attempt to steal the Phantom Zone Projector from his work acquaintance, Superman. The caper takes him from Gotham City to the Fortress of Solitude to Arkham Asylum, all the while gathering a Katamari ball of classic characters from the history of the Caped Crusader.
Speaking of characters, Batman faces more than his usual assortment of comic book rivals here. Warner Bros. owns a lot of iconic baddies, and some fun ones show up in surprise cameos.
The live-action Batmans have been a serious downer for more than a decade now. Even Superman is bummed.
The interlocking brick version of Batman is here to remedy that.
I’m of the opinion that we don’t need endless fantasy films that mirror real-life in all it’s grit and uncertainty. I don’t want ‘grim’ to be the first thing that comes to mind whenever DC movies are mentioned. So it is with great relief that I am here to announce: Batman is fun again. The Lego Batman Movie gives us songs and laughs right when we need it most.
The good stuff:
- We get to see pretty much every villain ever to cross Batman’s path.
- Insane action sequences.
- A soundtrack that includes remakes of “Man In The Mirror“, “We Are Family“, “One“, and many more.
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