Verdict: Everything is still awesome in this LEGO movie.
From the team that assembled The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie is smart, funny and emotional. The folks behind this franchise had their eyes firmly fixed on the fanboy/fangirl market and have emerged victorious with this dysfunctional bromance story between Batman and the Joker. This 3-D animated superhero comedy produced by Warner Bros and DC Entertainment should not be mistaken to be purely for kids, as adults can get a kick out of the many references to earlier Batman movies and TV shows. Although this one has the same underlying message like the previous movie, of teamwork and cooperation, the fact that it was funnier and a lot more colorful and vibrant cannot be taken away from it.
The story revolves around Batman, Gotham city’s singular hero, just the way he likes it. However, no one can fight enemies like the Joker all by themselves, not even Batman. Enter Barbara Gordon who succeeds her father as the new commissioner of Gotham. She asks Batman to join hands and work as a team to remove all evil. However, he denies the need of any support, as Batman works alone. This is because of his tragic orphanhood, which makes our superhero averse to commitment.
On the other hand, Joker, hurt with the fact that Batman does not consider him to be his biggest rival, cooks up an elaborate plan to take revenge. With Gotham under attack by all the supervillains and monsters known in movie history, will Batman admit that he cannot save the city all by himself?
The writing is snappy and the voice overs are spot on. Will Arnett’s tongue-in-cheek take on the lead character was one of the movie’s many joys. Zach Galifianakis as the Joker also did an outstanding job as the manic bad guy. The chirpy yet clingy Robin and the loyal butler, Alfred gave the much needed emotional angle to the movie. Although it was difficult to match the previous Lego movie’s theme song (Everything is Awesome), the final song, “Friends are Family” was perky and cheerful.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
A lot of attention has been given to the story development ame to the positive take-aways for kids as well as adults. Barbara’s message to Batman, “You can’t be a hero if you only care about yourself”, hits you hard and makes you think. This fun-filled yet emotional joy ride is a great watch this weekend. And don’t forget: Always Be Yourself….Unless You Can Be Batman.