The Lego Batman Movie tells the story of a cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne who must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick.
This movie takes everything and rams it up to an insane, crazy level of comedy that’s new and fresh amongst the trash of other comedy that fill the screen. It’s silly, but it’s such imaginative fun.
In the decades that we’ve known Batman from the comics, The Lego Batman Movie references everything from the the cheesy 60s TV show and the the bam and kapow that pop up in the comics when characters hit one another along with more recent references in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy. You name it, The Lego Batman Movie has it. The film mocks and praises everything that we love so much about the Batman universe though it often feels like they’re cramming so much one right after the other, you might miss something because you were too busy laughing at the previous joke.
Whatever DC or Warner Brothers have put out in the last few years, The Lego Batman Movie blows them all out of the water. Everything from the action to the animation to the humour and even the heart held tremendous strength. Despite the film looking like a marketing ploy to popularise the Lego brand further, it worked as a story and as a film entirely more than anything out in the marketplace at the moment, and more than many a superhero film that that has been released up until this point ever could.
This film proves that parody isn’t dead and honestly what it really should be like. Even though it’s marketed to be a kids film, it’s surely not as it appears to an audience of any age. It utilises the imagination of what can be done with Lego to it’s ultimate potential and produces such a good message for the younger generation you can’t find in much other content for the younger generation as well as a touching tribute to fans of the character.
What’s more frustrating is that The Lego Batman Movie proves that Warner Brothers is sitting on a gold mine of material but just don’t know what to do with it in their live action films, save for the Dark Knight take. It’s more of a reference to more recent years with the Zack Snyder helmed films. If they can take notes, maybe Justice League and the Batfleck could be a strong character and have more of an impact than what we saw of him in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.
You don’t need a reason to go and see this film: just do it, whenever you have the time.