The Lego Batman Movie
The Lego Batman Movie is a 2017 American-Danish-Australian computer-animated action comedy superhero film made by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was directed by Chris McKay, and written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern and John Whittington, and produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Based on the Lego Batman toy line, the film is an international co-production of the United States, Australia and Denmark, the first spin-off installment of The Lego Movie film series and the second installment overall. The film's world premiere was conducted in Dublin, Ireland on January 29, 2017, whereupon it went into general release from February 8; it was released in Denmark on February 9, and in the United States the day after. The film was released in Australia on March 30, 2017.
There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Maybe his superhero sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) and loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) can show him a thing or two.
Why It Rocks
- The idea of having Lego Batman film is good idea.
- Its decently faithful to the Batman franchise and has tons of references to the 1960's Batman show featuring Adam West, the Burton Batman films, and more.
- The action scenes are a blast to watch, highly helped by the animation.
- It pokes fun at the DC lore. For example, part of the opening does poke fun at Batman's rivalry with Superman.
- The animation is still great. Like The Lego Movie, it uses CGI instead of stop motion.
- Will Arnett is still great at playing Batman.
- Robin is very likable and cute, and Michael Cera does a great job voicing him.
- The Joker is a excellent villain and Zach Galifianakis did a fairly good job of voicing him (even though it doesn’t quite fit all that well).
- It teaches its audience about teamwork and knowing when you should tell others that you need help.
- The soundtrack is pretty epic by Lorne Balfe.
- Most of the jokes are funny, such as when Batman opens the doors to his home by saying "Iron Man sucks!".
- There are some fairly emotional and suspenseful scenes, such as when Alfred nearly falls off the Jet, and with Batman being almost a father to Robin is heartwarming.
- The voice acting is great.
- It has a pop culture reference where Batman laughs maniacally at Tom Cruise saying “You complete me” while watching Jerry Maguire.
- In Alfred's flashback, they manage to reference Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, and much more.
- A stellar blend of action, adventure, humor, and drama.
- Awesome minor apperances from Superman and the Justice League, and Batman's rogues gallery.
- The villains from the Phantom Zone were a great addition to the villains in the movie, some were also referenced in LEGO Dimensions, so it was fit that some of the villains were in both Dimensions, and The LEGO Batman Movie, such as The Wizard of Oz, Dalaks from Doctor Who, and Voltomort from Harry Potter, etc., though it was little confusing and supposed to focus on Batman/DC Comics and the Bat-Family.
- Batman's rapping and Beatbox is so rewatchable to listen to.
- The joke about Dick Grayson's name may have gotten a little too inappropriate for its target audience, even if it was kind of funny.
- It was a little confusing and invasive to add villains from other media, such as Voldemort, the Gremlins, Sauron, the Daleks, etc., considering the movie was supposed to focus on Batman/DC Comics and the Bat-Family.
- Speaking of villains, while most of the extra villains such as Orca Man, Zebra Man, Condiment King, etc. were interesting, many of them were kind of pointless and didn't really fit at all.
- Sometimes it ignores its source material.
- While he does a fairly good job at it, Zach Galifianakis as The Joker doesn’t quite fit all that well. (It would have been better if Mark Hamill voiced The Joker.)
- The unnecessary faster pacing can make the movie hard to follow sometimes.
- While the animation is great, some to the effects like water and smoke are not made of Lego like the first movie did it.
- Some continuity errors, especially when Superman mentions to have imprisoned General Zod at the Phantom Zone, thus inspiring Batman to do the same with the Joker, but once the Joker arrives at the Phantom Zone, Zod is nowhere to be seen.
The Lego Batman Movie received generally positive reviews from critics, audiences and fans alike for its animation, voice acting, soundtrack, visual style, and humor. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 90% based on 304 reviews, with an average rating of 7.54/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Lego Batman Movie continues its block-buster franchise's winning streak with another round of dizzyingly funny—and beautifully animated—family-friendly mayhem". It was ranked the 14th best superhero movie of all time on the site. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 75 out of 100, based on 48 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.
- Robin and Batgirl, including Excalibur Batman, were playable characters in LEGO Dimensions.
- A scene from The Lego Movie is reused in the film, depicting Emmet falling down from Lord Buisiness's tower into the real world, as television journalists explain what would happen if Joker detonates his bomb.