The Lego Batman Movie – Film Review by Emily Elphinstone
Director: Chris McKay
Writers: Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna
Stars: Will Arnett, Jenny Slate, Ralph Fiennes, Channing Tatum, Zach Galifianakis
There have been all kinds of portrayals of Batman over the years. From Christopher Nolan’s darker vision, to the camp cartoon figure of the 1980s; one might have thought we’d seen it all. But until now, none have created such sheer joy as Lego Batman.
As well as creating an incredibly amusing film, The Lego Batman Movie also provides a new take on the instantly recognisable character; highlighting Bruce Wayne’s self-assurance as the man who will save the day every time, and his reliance on the existence of bad guys to give his life purpose. After all, without Gotham’s crime problem, Batman would have a lot of free time on his hands. This is exactly the situation he faces, as excellent new Police Commissioner Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson) finds new ways to face The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and his cohorts. However, as with every good super hero movie, it’s not long before a fresh wave of crime sweeps over the city; but this time it may take more than the bat signal to bring justice.
Following the success of The Lego Movie in 2014 in which he had a cameo, Batman (Will Arnett) now has the starring role. The computer graphics once again impeccably create the particular feel of building with lego; reminding the audience (if at all necessary) of its unique and timeless appeal. But this is paired with the ultimate celebration of the batman universe: Every obscure villain, Condiment King included, every era of batmobile and costume, is referenced in the most brilliantly original way. This may be an animated film, but it’s certainly not just a kid’s film. It is a film hilarious on far more levels than this, not least as a celebration of the hero’s various incarnations. Ultimately though, however much of a comic book superfan you are; with cinemas currently reaching peak Oscar-bait season, it’s time to re-awaken your eight year old self, and experience the just how fun a film can be.