Just when you thought the complex relationship between Batman and The Joker was fizzling out on screen, there comes Director Chris McKay with the sumptuous sequel to The Lego Movie; the Lego Batman Movie – a surprisingly well told story about the importance of teamwork, friendship and family.
Now, for the longest time I haven’t been too fond of the Lego Movie franchise, because I subconsciously conjectured that the 3D animation was a silly attempt at revitalizing a 1949 plastic construction toy company which has since grown to become the ‘World’s most powerful brand’.
5 minutes into The Lego Batman Movie and I was entranced by the witty nature and quick footed action and sequence of the film, subsequently dispelling any notions I had about it. Even my colleague who I dragged along for the film, rather impromptu, was in fits and giggles for most of the screening.
Will Arnett voices Batman, an egotistical but misunderstood superhero who’s loved by everyone in Gotham City, but at the end of the day, goes to an empty home with only one other occupant – a faithful butler, Alfred. The opening scene includes an action sequence where Batman breaks the heart of The Joker (voiced by Zack Galifianakis), saying there’s no sort of relationship between them and he can do without him or anyone else.
This sets of a chain of events that has The Joker re-evaluate his tactics in order to prove that he’s the greatest villain of all time, and moreso that Batman should value him more. The Justice League comes into play, as, after a very public surrender by The Joker and all the villains of the City, Batman and the new Chief of Police, Barbara Gordon (voiced by Rosario Dawson) are the only ones not convinced. Batman seeks Superman’s secret weapon which will send The Joker straight to the Phantom Zone, unknowingly giving the evil villain exactly what he wants – and he uses an orphan (turns out to be Robin) who he takes under his wings, to obtain the weapon.
At the tail end of the film, villains, superheroes and citizens of Gotham are forced to unite in order to defeat their greatest foes, and salvage what’s left of their metropolis. Batman has to face his fears and accept help from the unlikeliest of trios in order to be the hero he’s always meant to be.
With all the twists and turns, the comical and the witty, The Lego Batman Movie manages to keep a universal rating, quite the feat with a complex storyline that’s as fast-paced as it is intriguing. A 94% Rotten Tomato rating is solid proof that this will be a Warner Bros success. I highly recommend the film for a group of friends, or with the family.
And hot on the heels of the debut of the new film, the trailer to the Lego Ninjago Movie has been released, slated for a September 2017 premiere.
| The Lego Batman Movie premieres in cinemas across East Africa on February 10th 2017