The LEGO Batman Movie may bring the best Batman experience for the uberfan. Batman references keep coming from all over the batverse and forces the inner child to surface of even the most grimacing of batfans. It’s all the fun of The Lego Movie but wrapped in an awesome Batman exterior. Robot Chicken director Chris McKay and a team of writers really knocked this one out of the park.
The LEGO Batman Movie
The film begins with a gigantic heist full of digs at the variety of silly elements of the Batman universe. Joker (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) hijacks a plane, called MacGuffin Airlines, filled with all types of explosives. He’s not working alone as he has pulled basically every villain, including several from the 1960’s TV show, in on his plan. This pulls some celebrities in to do voice work including Jenny Slate, Conan O’Brien, Jason Mantzoukas, Doug Benson, Billy Dee Williams (this is really awesome for Batman fans), Zoë Kravitz, Kate Micucci, and Riki Lindhome.
This puts Gotham in jeopardy and points out that Commissioner Gordon’s job is basically to turn on the Bat-signal. We’re treated to an epic Batman fight sequence put to a song that Batman wrote. It concludes with Batman really hurting Joker, but not physically. He breaks his heart and refuses to commit even to his nemesis. This introduces the real theme of the film as Bruce’s fear of losing anyone again and feeling the pain he felt that historic day in Crime Alley.
Will Arnett may have become my favorite on-screen Batman after this film. Michael Cera is hands down the best Robin, and Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon and Ralph Fiennes as Alfred are great too. This film is heavily about the relationship between these four characters, which makes it a great family film. Yet, it also tackles the longest running character flaw that Bruce Wayne (and Batman) has always had. A trait that is often touched on, but rarely solved in the comics or in the films. While they push the importance of friends and family, the film does it in such a way that it is always a lot of fun.
There is more to the plot, but it’s a lot of fun to let it just play out on its own. Every fan of Batman or good family animated movies needs to rush to the theater to see this. It is also playing in IMAX and 3D, but we decided to stick to the standard viewing. The amount of physical excitedness I demonstrated during this movie was probably a little sad, but I was overjoyed with so much of this film I couldn’t contain it. My whole family enjoyed it and The LEGO Batman Movie earned the Must See rating.