Of all the Batman movies to come down the pike, the one that magnificently captures the perfect balance of colorful kitsch and moody darkness – is made of Lego??
Yep, it’s weird. But holy toybox, is this is a blast.
Fresh off his small but memorable romp through 2014’s surprisingly good ‘The Lego Movie’, Lego Batman gets his own adventure. And coming off last year’s ambitious but admittedly dour ‘Batman V Superman’, this is exactly the burst of fun and energy that the hero under the cowl needs right about now.
Once again voiced in his best menacing rasp by Will Arnett, Lego Batman, much like the caped crusaders who have come before him, likes to brood, haunted by memories of the past.
“Sir..” announces his loyal butler, Alfred (Ralph Fiennes), “..I’ve seen you go through similar phases in 2016. And 2012. And 2008. And 2005. And 1997….and 1995…and 1992…and 1989. And that weird one in 1966.”
Lego Batman’s response? “I have aged phenomenally.”
The clever hook with this version of Batman is that he’s immature enough – his development, supposedly arrested by trauma, means that he’s unable to share, regards his greatest enemy as ‘rival’ Superman (Channing Tatum) instead of actual bad guy The Joker (Zack Galifianakis), and is so scared of expressing any kind of emotion that he invents ‘snake clowns’ as his only phobia – that the overall lesson for kids, that it’s good to work together instead of trying to do things on your own, is resoundingly strong. Though, you do have to duke it out through an overwhelming sea of silliness to get there.
Which is okay, because how much fun is to watch Lego Batman and Lego Robin (Michael Cera) take on not ONLY Gotham’s usual cast of costumed nuts, but do battle with King Kong? And the Wicked Witch of the West? And the Eye Of Sauron?
I tell ya, this much lunacy – I might just have to see it twice.