Verdict: Comic Relief
Great pool of characters and witty screenplay.
Bruce Wayne/Batman (Will Arnett), is used to working solo. However, he accidentally ‘adopts’ an orphan – Dick (Michael Cera) one day, and Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) forces him take the boy under his wing. When Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (Rosario Dawson) intrudes on Batman’s turf, he realizes that she might be a good asset. Together they must figure out what Joker (Zach Galifianakis), and his crew – consisting of: Harley Quinn (Jenny Slate), Bane (Doug Benson), Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz), The Riddler (Conan O’Brien), and many more, have in store. Directed by Chris McKay.
While I would consider myself a fan of superhero shows and some of the comics, I am not a fan of these Lego movies. Perhaps it is the fact that they are Lego- something that is associated with my childhood, that I feel like I have grown out of. Plus, I find it hard to relate with Lego characters on screen as they have jerky movements, and very unreal expressions. Mostly over the top and exaggerated. It might also be the fact that Lego movies are made with a certain type of humor in mind, one that comments on material outside of the narrative, and which make me feel disconnected from the narrative. Essentially, this movie was a parody of everything Batman.
I appreciate that the animations are not easy to do, and admit that the visuals are very detailed and precise. The colors are vibrant and sharp, making the Lego pieces stand out. As it is an animated film, every little detail had to be designed, and so I give props to the editing theme. The unique movements of Lego pieces are also captured nicely.
This type of film is done just for fun, and to, literally, entertain. There is not much substance to the narrative, and the plots are pretty straight forward. The movie is basically a big joke, in a good way. But also, can be in a bad way, if you’re not one for, some would call it, ‘stupid-comedy’. I enjoy some stupid comedy – mostly the ones with Melissa McCarthy in them, but, stupid-comedy in animation isn’t my cup of tea. I admit, some scenes are funny and did make me laugh, but overall, I was a little bored and got tired of watching. I even actually, slept for a few minutes while a fighting scene was going on. It just seemed very childish to me.
Also, since all the characters in the movie are well established, the movie doesn’t spend time introducing them, or going into their background etc. Which is fine, but then, there isn’t any depth to the movie. At least a focus on a few characters might have helped to give some substance. But then again, that’s not the purpose of the movie.
Moving on, Arnett does a tremendous job as the voice of Batman. He really captured that throaty voice and delivered his lines perfectly. His persona is basically the one who sets the comedic mood of the movie. A serious looking, but also not so serious, Batman. Other voice actors and actresses did their parts well, and their voices matched nicely with their respective characters.
Overall, just a fun movie for those who like cartoons and the DC comics.
PROS: Animation, colors, voice acting
CONS: Not much substance, parody
I give this a 6/10.
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