Lego Batman goes under the lens

Director :- Chris McKay

Cast :- Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera

Genre :- Action, Animation, Comedy

 

Well, This movie needs no publicity I presume for people who haven’t quite watched the movie also know it’s based on the DC superstar – Batman. The dark, brooding, silent protector of the Gotham streets get a hilarious Lego redo which most of the crowd have been waiting for since ages.

Lego movie franchise comes from the concept of using animation/stop motion cinematography to bring Lego’s aka the toy bricks to life and make an entire movie out of it. Lego Batman comes after the whopping success of it’s predecessors that have been released in a wide plethora of characters and ranges.

It’s most notable predecessor being the Lego movie, a movie about a land of Lego’s where everything present was actually brought into existence in a man’s basement and the life all these Lego bricks lived. It’s like toy story just with them not being aware that they are someone’s toys and in a much more creative way thanks to modern advances in cinematography.

The original Lego movie was vastly overshadowed by one character and his titular catch-phrase “Coz I’m Batman!” Hence, the studio decided on making a solo movie on the character that everyone loved more than any other character in the Lego Movie.

I sit in the theatre and the starting part of the movie which we usually fast forward – you know the ones with the DC logo, Warner Bros. etc. these parts in themselves had the jokes and you know you are gearing up for some condescending and mean jokes just like Deadpool did with his movie after breaking the fourth wall.

Batman: Black. All important movies start with a black screen. And music. Edgy, scary music that would make a parent or studio executive nervous. And logos. Really long and dramatic logos. Warner Bros. Why not Warner Brothers? I dunno. DC. The house that Batman built. Yeah, what Superman? Come at me bro. I’m your kryptonite. Hmm, not sure what RatPac does but that logo is macho. I dig it. Okay, get yourself ready for some… reading. If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change. Hoooo. No, I said that. Batman is very wise. I also have huge pecs and a nine pack. Yeah, I’ve got an extra ab. Now lets start the movie.

Now, for the next hour you look at the screen taking in the view of the Batcave and how Batman in a badass manner is beating the bad guys who as usual are out to catch the bat’s eye and end up in Arkham. You continue seeing Batman go back to his Batcave and live a dark and brooding life something Mr. Snyder would have given a greyish tint to, this was more of a brighter tone so I don’t think anyone would criticise as much. The movie keeps a pace to hilariously keep the audiences laugh but it eventually slows down in the middle when batman starts building up on the “Personal” life outside the Batcave as all the criminals who fight for Batman’s attention are tricked into surrendering by the Joker. Hence, with no criminals on the streets Batman is forced to develop his life outside the Batcave, where he tries finding friends who he sees don’t like him much – Justice league members, adopts a kid by mistake who becomes his robin and befriends his crush – Barbara Gordon. Even in the “Personal” life angle you have those hilarious moments but they are limited and are more extravagantly present when batman is beating up the bad guys, guess the movie wants us to laugh just like the little kids do!

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That was pretty much the entire story and anything I haven’t mentioned is of not much importance. The movie portrays batman as an immortal vigilante who has been a guardian of Gotham since 1966 who has fast cars and fancy gadgets but in a very dark and lacklustre Batcave located under Wayne manor on Wayne island. The movie was a laughter riot for most of the time except for parts in between when they portrayed as trying times when batman was having his moments of realisation that he has nobody to enjoy his times outside the cape with. He would laugh and cry in solitude. He realised that his time in the cowl has kept him so busy that he has never thought of having a family after his parent’s died.

The movie also explores Batman’s life and his relationships with various people such as the Joker, who always believed himself to be Batman’s most formidable opponent but gets heartbroken when he listens to Batman saying that he isn’t his most formidable opponent, nobody is! We see a lot of elements in the movie that makes us all catch our stomachs while laughing, we see characters out of the DC universe as well , elements such as King Kong, Sauron, Voldemort etc. all trapped in the Phantom Zone and are unleashed as a part of Joker’s jailbreak. There planning and execution makes us all laugh at the awe of the scale of directory effort. You could never really imagine all of that happen in Gotham ever before.

I really liked the fact that at least in this instalment only solid elements were made of Lego’s like the water or fog or skies were all actually there own elements and unlike the Lego movie were not made of Lego’s which were amazing to look at once but later started to grow kind of annoying. Also, you see the movie’s the Batman watches such as Jerry Maguire which are actual movies and not Lego incarnations of them which wouldn’t have been so great.

But even though it was a hilarious laugh fest all along my expectations were higher. All the good jokes were more or less in the trailer and after seeing it’s few trailers I couldn’t laugh as hard as I had hoped to. The funny parts which were not there in the trailer were actually hilarious and appreciative but the ones that I already knew weren’t as funny. So, I don’t know what message that gives – don’t watch trailers? I am not so sure.

Anyways, to summarize it all I feel Lego’s are an immensely popular way to keep people in any age group engrossed in the movie for everyone whether it be today or a few decades ago has always had a set of Lego’s to play with it or have imagined playing with them and I honestly appreciate how the makers forge storylines and keep it immersive enough for so long. Also, it was also really good to see the writers take an effort to keep the story authentic to how Batman movies really are such as bad guys break out of prison wreck Batman’s billion dollars worth of property and end up in jail again. It had just the correct amount of Lego’s present in them to keep it funny and not as annoying, the jokes against Marvel were all perfectly timed and the Easter eggs from the string of previous Batman movies all added to the flavor of the movie giving it a real nice feel and watch.

 

My Rating :- Amazingly Built

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