The Lego Batman Movie review

2017's first animated film.
2017’s first animated film.

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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.

Production

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.

Story

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).

He goes to look at his old family picture, and is clearly still distraught, telling the picture that they would have been proud of him. Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) approaches him, only to be kicked to a piano (because Batman is always so defensive). Alfred mentions all of his emotional meltdowns (which is a reference to all of the Batman films), and tells him that his fear is to be a part of the family again. Batman denies everything, and he is reminded that they are going to Commissioner Gordon (Hector Elizondo)'s retirement party.
He goes to look at his old family picture, and is clearly still distraught, telling the picture that they would have been proud of him. Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) approaches him, only to be kicked to a piano (because Batman is always so defensive). Alfred mentions all of his emotional meltdowns (which is a reference to all of the Batman films), and tells him that his fear is to be a part of the family again. Batman denies everything, and he is reminded that they are going to Commissioner Jim Gordon (Hector Elizondo)’s retirement party.

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.

The Joker’s plan is for all of the Gotham villains to turn themselves in (while Harley escapes to execute their real plan in the city). Everyone praises Barbara, and tells Batman that they don’t need him anymore, and to focus on his family. Because he is a lonely egotist, he hates not having anything to do, so he meets up with Barbara, and tells her that he’s up to something. Alfred puts on a parent lock on his computer, and tells him to take care of his son (who has been there for a week). Batman didn’t realize that he adopted a kid, and is forced to meet him when Alfred lets Dick into the Batcave.

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 making their own defeat together, Robin decides to take a family picture, but since it resembles too much to the picture with Batman's parents, he sends them off, since it hurts too much, and sends them away because he's better by himself. Joker has a "breakup scene" with Batman, because he will never change, so the villains send him off to the Phantom zone.
After making their own defeat together, Robin decides to take a family picture, but since it resembles too much to the picture with Batman’s parents, he sends them off, since it hurts too much, and sends them away because he’s better by himself. Joker has a “breakup scene” with Batman, because he will never change, so the villains send him off to the Phantom zone.

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.

It has been 3-4 months since I have written my last review, and it's nice to be back. Honestly, I think this movie is a bit better than The Lego Movie *hides from having tomatoes thrown at him*. I found it funnier, had a better main character, stronger supporting characters, and was overall more enjoyable, though I do think the story was better handled in that film. I think there were a lot of missed opportunities with many of the story elements, so a part of me was disappointed as well. It is SO NICE to start a new year with a GOOD animated film. It is kind of sad that most of the animated films after this might be dismal at best. Welcome to 2017 for ya.
It has been 3-4 months since I have written my last review, and it’s nice to be back. Honestly, I think this movie is a bit better than The Lego Movie *hides from having tomatoes thrown at him*. I found it funnier, had a better main character, stronger supporting characters, and was overall more enjoyable, though I do think the story was better handled in that film. I think there were a lot of missed opportunities with many of the story elements, so a part of me was disappointed as well. It is SO NICE to start a new year with a GOOD animated film. It is kind of sad that most of the animated films after this might be dismal at best. Welcome to 2017 for ya.

Characters

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.

Batman
We all knew that Bruce Wayne is a deep character, and to see that side actually shown in this film was very nice. He is still kind of a douche, but everything he does is understandable, and it shows a deep insecurity within him. Very strong and still funny main character, which is something I could not say about in The Lego Movie. I do not know why he had an infatuation with Barbara, as they had a father/daughter relationship in most adaptions, and it didn’t add anything to the film at all.
barbara-batgirl
I don’t know what it is with Warner Animation Group and their female characters, but they are almost always the least interesting characters in their films. Barbara was kind of perfect, but I understand that it’s not her film, so she could not have been as developed. Barbara tied into the more moral aspects of Gotham and the film, with a lot of her commentary regarding the police and Batman himself interested me. Not bad, but I feel like she was kind of a missed opportunity.
alfred
I was shocked to realize that Ralph Fiennes voiced him, and after watching it again, I definitely heard it. Alfred is Alfred; nice and supportive, but does not put up with any BS. Of course he was used to emotionally manipulate with him coming close to death.
robin
Robin is very cheery, and it’s clear that’s how Bruce was like before his parent’s death. I see how people can be annoyed with him, but I wasn’t bothered with it, as I found some entertainment with it.
joker
I get the parody and satire with his character, but I feel like they overdid it with him, to the point that he almost didn’t seem like the Joker. He’s the only character in the film that I did not care for in any sense. Very disappointed.

Animation

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.

Music

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.

Final Score

Story: 7/10

Characters: 7.5/10

Animation: 8.5/10

Music: 8/10

= 31/40 = 78%

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5 thoughts on “The Lego Batman Movie review

  1. Yeah, it was a good film, but I think the hype had me expecting a bit more. I don’t like it as much as The LEGO Batman Movie, but I still liked it and I know what you mean about missed opportunities. You’d think the other Batman villains would have done/said more. And I was kinda expecting Zod to return from the Phantom Zone as well.

    And does Barbara have a huge age gap with Batman? They both seem to be in their 30s, at least in this film.

    1. Barbara is roughly around Dicks age in the universe, so I was thrown off to see her as Bruce’s age.

      I ignored the hype for this film, simply due to how the hype let me down a bit with The Lego Movie. I wanted the other Batman villains to do more, but they all just looked pathetic.

  2. I just thought it was so hilarious that I enjoyed it very much. It wasn’t as good as the Lego Movie but I had a great time with it

      1. You should. I just felt Lego Movie showed the randomness of a childs play so brilliantly and when the boy explains his world to his Dad it was very moving. I also thought Lego Movie had more visual majesty with the ocean of legos where this was just water but still very fun movie

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