“The LEGO Batman Movie” Review

12 February, 2017

Director: Chris McKay
Screenwriters: Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Eric Sommers, Jared Stern, John Whittington
Cast: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson

Synopsis: A comedic spin on the story of a comic book legends Batman, Robin, and Batgirl who team up to save Gotham after the Joker unleashes a new set of villains on the city.


The LEGO Batman Movie Review:

A small-scale comedy modelled with the ambition of a life-sized blockbuster, “The LEGO Batman Movie” has all of the action, emotion, and pizzazz needed to carry its gigantic rubber band ball of a story, weaving its references into a thrilling series of events and showing genuine care and affection for its original context. Finding an excuse to set loose every villain imaginable, the screenwriters present usual suspects like Penguin, Riddler, and Scarecrow as mere foreplay to the main event, obtaining the rights to reference everything from “Doctor Who” and “Gremlins” to “The Matrix” and “The Lord of the Rings” as they find new and exciting ways to incorporate the entire spectrum of cinematic tyranny into the film’s huge battle and epic stand-off.

Despite its tongue-in-cheek leanings, “The LEGO Batman Movie” comes as the much-needed revamp for the DC universe, creating the perfect union between old-school ‘Rainbow Batman’ and his brooding alter ego. Most of the campness falls on Robin’s side, however, as the creators ensure that the fabulous orphan is gay in every sense of the word, exuding an extreme amount joy and an unending keenness to whip out his legs at any possible moment. The movie never once allows us to forget that the entire Batman adapted saga was intended to be as queer as a three dollar bill with its ‘pew pew’ gun blasts and ‘kapow’ punches, showing viewers that to acknowledge its campness is simply to be aware of the Caped Crusader’s fluctuating image within popular culture.

As the Joker and Batman come to accept the origins of their beautiful and rather heartfelt on-screen bromance, the film’s expert writers explore the grittier side of the franchise, finding humour in everything from Bruce Wayne’s perpetual grouchiness to his awkward exile from the Justice League. The movie is respectfully done and hilariously accurate, combing through Batman’s backstory as the makers find entertaining new ways to present the tale of DC’s ‘night-stalking crime-fighting vigilante’ while revealing him to be quite human, even when he’s made out of plastic bricks.

 

   

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