Lego Batman Movie – ★ ★ ★ DVD Review
I loved The Lego Movie. This wasn’t The Lego Movie. The Lego Batman Movie was written for kids, but didn’t have enough “adult humour” to hold my attention like The Lego Movie did. Sure there were lots (and lots) of references to other Batman properties and a horde of other pop culture sources, but the humour wasn’t very clever in my opinion, in fact I thought it was pretty juvenile. It didn’t make Batman cool, or funny, I thought it really just made the character look silly at the end of it all. Sure there was humour, and I did laugh, but this one is definitely more aimed at kids.
It’s funny that I say it’s aimed at kids because there were a lot of inside jokes and nods to the audience that I don’t think kids would get. Maybe the film is aimed at everyone, but the humour is just for the kids? I guess I did appreciate a lot of the inside jokes. You’ve got Billy Dee Williams voicing Two-Face, which is great because he was the original Harvey Dent in the first Michael Keaton/Tim Burton Batman movie back in 1989, and Harvey Dent become Two-Face. The airplane at the beginning of the movie is the “McGuffin 1138”, referencing both THX-1138 and cleverly mixing in “McGuffin” which of course is the theatrical term for an something which is important to the characters but is actually immaterial to the plot. They even brought in the “Bat Shark Repellent” from the 1966 Batman movie, and they even show clips of ’66s Adam West Batman. Early on, The Joker says that his plan is not like the “two boats” plan or “the parade with the Prince music” which refers to The Dark Knight where he hijacks two boats and threatens to blow them up, and to Burton’s Batman, where the Joker has a parade to distract Gotham from his schemes.
Will Arnett who plays Batman and Michael Cera who voices Robin also played uncle and nephew (respectively) in Arrested Development, and Rosario Dawson voices Barbara Gordon/Batgirl. I’m not sure why they had Eddie Izzard voice Voldemort when Ralph Fiennes was in the film as Alfred, and he actually played Voldemort in the Harry Potter films. Why not have Izzard voice Alfred instead of Fiennes? You can definitely tell that Arnett loves the role as he does put everything he’s got into his Lego Batman performances. From the bonus features of the Blu Ray, you could see that the other cast members were also excited to be immortalized in 1 ½” of Lego plastic.
At the end of it all the movie was enjoyable, but I don’t think it will become a “classic”.
Bottom Line: Lego Batman Movie didn’t make me want to play with LEGOs like The Lego Movie did.
Posted on 17-07-08, in 3 Star, Movie Reviews and tagged Batman, Lego, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes, Rosario Dawson, Seth Grahame-Smith, Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.