Film Review: The LEGO Batman Movie (Chris McKay, 2017) ★★★★

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With big changes on the horizon from the new Commissioner of Gotham City (Rosario Dawson), there's not much room for a lone vigilante. Finding himself unfulfilled and alone in his island mansion, Batman (Will Arnett) accidentally adopts a son (Michael Cera) and is forced to face his fears of opening himself up to others in order to defeat The Joker and his army of villians.

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Back in 2014, The LEGO Movie made Batman the punchline to many-a-joke. Three years later, he's back as their leading man and taking the weight of the franchise in his very own spin-off. Opening to an action spectacular, Batman takes on every DC comics bad guy you can think of (and even ones you never thought existed) at the hands of The Joker (Zach Galifianakis). His victory is short lived, however, with the arrival of Commissioner Barbara Gordon (Dawson) who vows to make Batman work alongside police and the bad guys away for good. Finding himself all alone, with The Joker plotting his badness plan yet having been banished to the 'Phantom Zone', Batman is forced to come to terms with his unwillingness to work with others and recognise The Joker is his arch nemesis in order to save the city once again.

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Historically, Batman has been portrayed cinematically as a husky-voiced, mean and moody vigilante - the darker the better. Consequently, rubber nipples, temperature related puns or general comedic value has always been deemed by critics as poor. What happens then when you combine conventions of The Dark Knight with the witty humour of LEGO and Will Arnett's tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the winged avenger?

Directed by Robot Chicken's own Chris McKay, the LEGO Batman Movie is certainly not intended for children alone. Filled with references to the live-action Batman franchise (and in particular The Dark Knight, 2008), it celebrates all things Batman and LEGO combined. Through it all, however, there are inevitably scenes just for kids. As such, these will need to be taken with a pinch of salt. As all children's stories do, there are of course many lessons for Batman along the way - as well as a soundtrack to match.

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Through all the action scenes, dry and slapstick jokes - the film has a great deal of heart; the primary message being teamwork, family and friendship. Whilst Batman is more than happy to soak up the limelight as Gotham City's solo superhero, he comes home alone and spends his nights watching old movies and reheating his lobster thermidor. This consequently leads to Bruce Wayne accidentally adopting one of the best characters in the film - an orphan, Dick Grayson (Cera), who in turn discovers the hidden Batcave. Naturally, Dick is keen to help his new adopted father and longs to be accepted as his sidekick. However, when the threat of The Joker's army weighs in, the team grows further - introducing Alfred the Butler and Bat Girl - much to Batman's dismay. Since it's a children's film, we have grown to expect a predictable building blocks and naturally, the newly assembled team must work together in order to save the day. Unfortunately, this creates a slight dip in the narrative and is, arguably, drawn out longer than necessary. However, due to the continuous laughs and spectacular visuals, this is easily forgiven.

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Ultimately, it's near on impossible not to crack at smile at this self-aware, comedic take on DC's most famous superhero. Whilst we may have been seemingly bombarded with Batman in cinemas in recent months with the revival of The Justice League, LEGO presents a refreshing and hilarious representation of the winged vigilante unlike we've ever seen before. Packed full of memorable quotes and as well as being visually impeccable, The LEGO Batman Movie is as entertaining as it is meaningful. Whether you're a comic book fan or a stand-alone LEGO lover, the film offers a little something for everyone. The best Batman movie since The Dark Knight Rises? You decide.

The LEGO Batman Movie gets a Sophie star rating of 4 out of 5 stars and is in cinemas 10th February - I strongly urge you all to give it a watch!

That's it for another film review. Huge thanks to Warner Bros. for allowing me to see this ahead of release and for supplying the imagery. So tell me, will you be seeing The LEGO Batman Movie this weekend? What expectations do you have for it? As always, I love reading your comments so please do leave me lots of lovely ones down below.

Until next time film fans,






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10 comments:

  1. I had seen the trailer but never thought to give it a try! Might have to go catch it then!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. I can't tell whether it'll be your sort of film but I absolutely loved it - let me know what you think if you do see it :)

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  2. I'll be doing taxes and other errands this weekend so I'm not sure if I'll see it that soon but I'll get around to it eventually :) I hope you are having a good week, Sophie!

    Per your question from the last post, I am all right personally speaking but sometimes I don't feel good about certain political things that are happening :(

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    1. Yeah good so far, thank you although I'm so glad it's the weekend haha. Glad to hear you're doing better personally - politics is certainly an understandable one! Perhaps you should consider moving to the UK instead although our PM (who we didn't vote for) seems to be siding with Trump which is just as troubling. I'm tempted to relocate to another universe or timeline

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  3. I am actually thinking about seeing is this weekend is looks so funny!!

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    1. Yay! It really is so funny - it's definitely got something for everyone. I absolutely love Will Arnett. Hope you enjoy it! xx

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  4. I seen it last week, it was super fun! I love films that are lighthearted and easy to watch, sometimes it's just what you need! I didn't think it quite matched the Lego movie but I still really enjoyed it - although none of the songs compared to everything is awesome! That song was insanely catchy! Haha! I agree Robin aka Dick was the best character, his wee face and glasses were far too cute! Loved when he ripped into his costume!!! Have a fab weekend lovely! Xx

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad you like it. Yeah it can be hard to review films like this as it's just a really good, fun film - nothing else needed. Oh really? I'm surprised to hear that - I think the humour is slightly more adult due to all the Batman references so I think I found it better than the first in some places. I think both are fantastic though! He's such a good character haha I love him so much xx

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