By Cynthia Ayala
“Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.”
By far the best Batman movie out there, The Lego Batman Movie is awesome for so many reasons. Focusing on who the character is, in such a playful way, the writers understood what makes Batman such a strong character and a fan favorite character. He’s always had his head up his tushie, and this film uses that element to make the film so funny. But then there are those sadder moments, the moments that reflect on the past and the defining moment that makes Batman who he is. The writers understand Batman better than I’ve seen in such a long time. Then there is that classic dynamic he has with Joker. This film nailed that relationship, that very toxic and twisted relationship, with perfection! Not since The Dark Knight has their relationship been so clearly and wonderfully established to build up this duo that has been the cause of so many iconic comic book moments.
Those moments between Joker and Batman is an art form, one that fan bases around the world would could tear apart or build up. These two have the weirdest most amazing relationship and the writers behind the film understood it so well. The built up the relationship, they built up the characters perfectly individually and then as a hero vs. villain team, they just perfectly an already perfectly twisted relationship. Watching their interactions, listening to the dialogue is just magical and magnificent. It’s funny, it’s amazing, it’s perfection.
This film was written so perfectly, it’s undeniable. It had the laughter, the character development, and the heart that makes this a great family film. And for fans of Batman, this film will be just as amazing. The team behind the film thought this film through, they brought back elements of the past, reconnecting to everything in the Batman universe, from the comics, from Adam West’s time as batman all the way to Ben Affleck’s time as Batman. It’s cleverly written and put together to tie the expansive universe together in such a neat package. Personally, I never thought that would be possible, but the team behind this film proved me wrong.
The Lego Batman Movie got to the center of who these characters are and what makes them. It’s lighter and more lighthearted but it still doesn’t lose the essence of what makes the Dark Knight who he is, making this one of the best Batman movies out there, hands down. Well…Nolan’s Dark Knight might still beat it out…by slim numbers. (★★★★ | A+)
Directed by Chris McKay
Screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern & John Whittington
Story by Seth Grahame-Smith
Based on Characters by DC Comics & Lego Construction Toys
Starring: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson & Ralph Fiennes
Rating | Length | Genre: PG | 1h 44min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures