The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
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They literally threw EVERYTHING at this movie in a hodge podge fashion.LEGO have always overblown the characters to be "funny", but honestly in this movie it just makes Batman unlikeable so that even by the end, it was just too much.Using unexpected franchises together is what makes some of the LEGO games so interesting, but when you literally throw EVERY franchise at it like the movie does, it just feels lazy. You don't get time to appreciate them and quite frankly, for a movie with so much action I was shocked to find I was bored.ANYONE can throw everything at a movie and hope something sticks, its not clever or interesting and feels like it lacks any structure.Its such a shame, as the underlying ideas aren't bad, its just so poorly executed. It tries to make itself unique by throwing a ton of different franchise bad guys together, but in a way that totally betrays their characters so it just doesn't fit. The fact its part of the LEGO franchise to me does not excuse this lazy plot, it just feels like a huge missed opportunity for a more cohesive story where it at least makes a tiny bit of sense for these bad guys to be working together.If you love this movie, then great, but I honestly think its the most overrated movie of all time.
While looking for another Batman movie after watching the epic Dark Knight trilogy, I found this movie on Prime Video. I had heard about it earlier too, but couldn't get to see it. When I finally watched it, I was really impressed, entertained and had a smile on my face.THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE is as funny as THE DARK KNIGHT was dark. In this film, while you get to see the unexplored funny side of Batman, you also get to see the Joker in a kid-friendly way. The film is replete with impressive action and totally hilarious comedy, and the animation is one of the finest I've seen in recent years (I haven't seen any other Lego movie till date). The film's tone is funny but also doesn't forget to deliver some light yet heartwarming emotional scenes.THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE is a film which can be enjoyed by both kids and adults. The film takes you on a fun ride which you would want to be a part of, even more. And of course, apart from all other scenes, just don't miss the climax because it pays a remarkable tribute to the much loved, "hate" relationship of Batman and Joker, which is bound to make you smile.
After watching all the Lego DC movies I decided to leave this the grand daddy of them all until last, and I'm glad I did. I'm glad I did so that I could see the contrast.You see all the others were lower budget straight to DVD affairs but the entire cast was made up of voice actors, legends within the industry like Troy Baker & Nolan North. This is the Hollywood version and instead is full of traditional actors, and that does the film no favours.Furthermore it's glitzy and colorful and stands out from all the others, you can tell it has money behind it. It does however play to the whole Lego world more so, and therefore the animation is worse and many scenes are stretching the imagination to breaking point.With countless DC villians and a few from other franchises such as King Kong and Voldemort they really went all out here and went with a Batman similiar to what you'd find in HISHE (2005) namely goofy, egotistical and a parody of the Batman we all know.Sadly the movie is inconsistent, one minute I'm enjoying the satire and cleverly integrated adult humour and the next I'm cringing at childish jokes & musical numbers.Credit where credit is due I see what they were doing here but alas this is so Hollywood it made my toenail ingrow.The Good:Looks greatBrilliant soundtrackPlenty of adult humour for the parentsThe Bad:Should have been the proper voice castDespite the budget the animation is worse than the straight to dvd filmsZach Galifianakis is the worst Joker everIncredibly hit and missThings I Learnt From This Movie:DC is the house that Superman made, but Batman has maintainedBatman doesn't pay his taxesIronman sucksLife doesn't give you seatbelts
This movie is fun. It's just ridiculously fun. There are so many jokes crammed in one after the other that people of all ages will enjoy. That's the great things about family movies is their layers of jokes. There are so many moments where it makes fun of the source material throughout the ages and creates this self reflective jaunt through nostalgia and pop culture. The film has taken the increasingly dim, dark, and serious figure of Batman and flipped the gritty in reverse for a chance of some comics related media that children can consume without being horrified at the violence or the boring plot (sorry DC but your movies suuuuuuccckk).It tackles something other Batman films are Too Serious to tackle and that's Batman's isolationist attitudes, cold heart, and inability to reach out and trust others. It's really refreshing to see someone tackle toxic masculinity and unhealthy coping mechanisms - and even stranger to see it in a light hearted children's movie. Batman spends most of the movie resisting the idea that others are people he can let into his heart instead of obstacles or (at best) tools for his own purposes. His ego prevents him from helping himself. It's a good message and a central flaw of the Batman mythos we've all seemed to embrace (and spun as a heroic feature?).The movie is both absurd and moving. Two tonally different things that are difficult to mesh together but it manages it. There's so much in it to love and the Lego franchise is an unexpected gem in contemporary cinema. Just like the building blocks the movie takes inspiration from this will capture all the joy and imagination of childhood and creating a magical silly world where silly things happen, the stakes are ridiculous, the characters are all hyper and over saturated, and it's a nonstop rollercoaster of laughter.Great for all ages, even the bitter old fan boy who has been reading gritty Batman comics for decades.