THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
by The Commander
3 (out of 4 Stars)
If you loved the LEGO MOVIE (2015), then you're absolutely going to love the LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2017). And your kids will love it even more.
In the 2015 LEGO movie, many characters were introduced created using Lego building blocks. One of the favorites, while not the lead, was Batman (voiced by Will Arnett). The Batman character was so entertaining you knew there would be a spin off and he would have his own Lego movie.
Unlike the original film, where there was a story line that included human counterparts, this movie is solely based on Lego characters coming to life with no hidden subplots involving humans. Basically, a cartoon film based on Legos. Once again this was a fun, entertaining movie which was sensational to see in IMAX 3-D. There is also a stellar cast of voices including Jenny Slate, Conan O’Brien, Billy Dee Williams, Zoe Kravitz, Eddie Izzard, Seth Green, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Adam Devine, Hector Elizondo and Mariah Carey to name a few.
The plot is simple. Batman, a loner, looks for something more to life other than battling his arch enemies led by the Joker (Zach Galifianakis). He has no friends, no family, even the Justice League has overlooked inviting him to their 15th anniversary party. Batman is alone and miserable.
Prodded by his ever-faithful Butler, Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) to start a family, Batman denies he is unhappy being alone although that is not the case. He is opposed to a public request from the new police commissioner Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson) to join forces. His alter ego, billionaire Bruce Wayne accidentally adopts a young orphan Robin (Michael Cera) with whom he is not overjoyed. It seems that the only thing that brings him happiness, other than watching reruns of Jerry Maguire (“you complete me”), is fighting his arch enemies.
While this film is made for kids, there are numerous inferences made to earlier Batman cartoons, movies and even the 1966 Batman TV series starring Adam West. No one is out of reach including directors Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan. The director Chris McKay even pokes fun at Superman by using John Williams’ Superman theme as Superman’s doorbell chime. There’s enough sophisticated adult humor to keep everyone happy and engaged. Even the fight sequences are a drawback to the old comic book editions.
As P.T. Barnum said “Attention ladies, gentlemen and children of all ages. Welcome to the greatest show on earth”. Well, I can’t say that this film is the greatest show on earth but it might just be the greatest show in Lego land. Go see it in IMAX-3D!