My opinion right after watching film
My opinion right after watching the film is that it is more heartwarming and funny than I was expecting, so I like it a bit more than The Lego Movie. Despite that, I feel like this film has a lot of missed opportunities, like………. a lot. It’s a pretty strong movie, and I was entertained by it. Probably is not one of my favourites, since I am not too much of a Lego or a Batman fan, but it’s cute for what it is.
There is not much information about the production of this film aside from the fact that they started working on it in 2014, and probably because they were working on it before The Lego Movie even premiered.
The film takes place 3 years after the events of The Lego Movie, and we are introduced to the story with Batman (Will Arnett) breaking the fourth wall about how a film always starts. Regarding the actual narrative, the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) executes another plan to take over Gotham, but no one is scared, because Batman always saves them. I think a lot of this is because the Joker is just not scary in this film. When things end up looking dim, Batman comes to save the day, and everyone expects him to throw himself at women and party, but he returns to his lonely home (which is on an island).
The Joker and Harley Quinn (Jenny Slate) plan to disrupt the party, as he is still bitter that Batman told him that the Joker means nothing to him, and that Superman is his biggest enemy. Dick Grayson (Michael Sera) approaches Batman, so he can get advice on how to be adopted. Batman is not listening, and ends up leaving him when he sees the new Commissioner Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson), and………. this is weird. I’m not that familiar with the Batman Universe, and even less familiar with the comics, but even I know that Barbara is DICK’s love interest, and there is a huge age gap between her and Batman. Anyways, Bruce agrees unknowingly to be Dick/Richard’s adoptive father.
Barbara approaches the podium, and tells them that while Batman has helped the city, Gotham City is still the most dangerous city, with all of the villains still out, and has not done much for them. Her goal is for the police force to team up with Batman, as everything he stands for needs to be put to legal use. This is very unique, and is rarely addressed in superhero movies.
Batman uses Dick (who turns into Robin) so they can steal the phantom machine from Superman’s house, so they can defeat the Joker. He is impressed with how Robin maneuvered through the obstacles, but of course he blows it off, and make it all about himself. They sneak into the Commissioner laboratory to steal a projector, but ends up getting caught by Barbara, who is disappointed in him for using a kid as an accessory. Barbara tells him how she looked up to him as a child, but she sees that all he cares about is himself.
The Joker is brought into the Phantom zone, where he is scanned and told that he is bad, but has a lot of vulnerability. His real plan is to recruit all of the bad villains from the Phantom zone to control Gotham, and to get Batman to see his importance, and this is done when Harley steals the projector. Barbara lets Batman and Robin out, so they can stop Joker and all the villains together, with Alfred joining to help them as well. Random things are being built, since they are in a lego world, and its interesting for them to remember that fact.
After being sent to the Phantom zone, he is scanned, and we look back at his bad moments of using people and hurting them throughout the movie, where he is told that he isn’t a bad or a good person, since all he cares about himself. He sees that Barbara, Dick, and Alfred go back to the manor to face their ultimate deaths (even turning into Nightwing to be like Batman), so he returns, and has a big character moment where he tells them that he is afraid of losing people. Barbara officially turns into Batgirl, and all of the other villains in the Gotham world start to work together, which……. I find odd. He has a lucrative history with all of them, and all of a sudden he wants to work with them, and they all trust one another? So Batman has to send all of the non-DC villains back (though the button thing says to send back ALL of the villains, but that isn’t fulfilled), and there is a bigger problem; like Gotham being destroyed.
In order to solve this, they use their abs to connect the city together, and everything just clicks back. I guess it makes sense, because it is a lego-world. For some reason Robin still thought Bruce and Batman were two separate people until he reveals himself, and claims he has to join the Phantom world. Of course he is rejected, and they all celebrate as a family.
I feel like a lot of the characters were missed opportunities, but that’s mostly due to the fact that most of them were cameos. As for the main characters, they are fine and likable. Some are developed, and others aren’t, and while they made certain changes to them, it’s fine enough.
The animation is brilliant. Because this is in a superhero setting, compared the the laid back setting of the other film, there is a lot more scope and motion in the film, and the designs are a lot more detailed. There really is not much to say about it, because……… it is what I expected.
A lot of the music is based on the Batman scores in the overall Batman franchise. It’s great, and I am glad they continued the overall theme. There are way too many times where franchise will randomly change the music and for little reason as well.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on February 10th, 2016, it grossed $62 million domestically, and $37 million overseas, with a total amount of right under $100 million worldwide, which is good in only one week. I predict it will make around $500-$600 million by the end of its theatrical run.
It has received universal acclaim thus far, though many see it as weaker than it’s predecessor. That doesn’t matter, since many are claiming that this is the best Batman film.
= 31/40 = 78%