The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Review

5/5* Shiv’s Show | Siobhan Divers


Dir: Chris McKay

104 mins

Starring: Will Arnett, Zack Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes.


‘What’s the password?’

‘Iron Man sucks.’

A quirky, funny, original and suprisingly sophisticated  flick, The Lego Batman Movie joins The Lego Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie in the expanding Lego Universe. With hilarious one-liners and an exceptional cast, the 3D computer-animated comedy delivers in humour, action and effects.

As a spin-off to the 2014 Lego Movie where Batman featured in an extended cameo, in a world made of Lego bricks, the film follows Gotham’s crime fighter Batman and his shaky relationship with The Joker (Zack Galifianakis). Following his latest attempt to stop the Joker from destroying the city, Batman tells him that he would rather ‘fight around’ than commit to having one arch-nemisis. A running joke throughout the film, it is as a result of the Joker’s hurt feelings that he devises a plan to destroy Gotham once and for all forcing Batman to accept the help of his adopted son Dick Grayson (Michael Cera), his butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) and new Commissioner Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson).

From the opening credits to the end credits, Batman’s (Will Arnett) commentary and one-line gags throughout are the highlight of the film (but the spoken ‘pew pew’ noises made every time someone uses a weapon is definitely a close second).

With references to the other films and Batman’s crisis of identity throughout, the film balances its plot and humour with a playful dig at the other films in the franchise and the DC universe (‘DC. The house that Batman built. Yeah, what Superman? Come at me bro.’)

While the film being animated may give the impression that it’s solely for children, this is not the case. Like within all well-made family movies, the film features some jokes that are not for children (‘My name’s Richard Grayson, but all the kids at the orphanage call me Dick.’ ‘Well, children can be cruel.’)

Featuring all your favourite villains from classic Batman criminals straight outta Arkham, like Bane and Clay Face, to Voldemort, the Daleks and Medusa, The Lego Batman Movie does not disappoint in any aspect – it is an awesome premise, with a great storyline, catchy original songs and clever references to other films in the franchise. 5/5!


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