Movie Review: The LEGO Batman Movie

Source: DNA India

If you think The LEGO Batman Movie is just another superhero movie, you couldn’t be more wrong. If you think it’s just some kids’ movie, you still couldn’t be further from the mark.

The plot of The LEGO Batman Movie starts when Batman refuses to acknowledge the Joker as his number one nemesis (he prefers to give that title to Superman). This rejection leads Joker to develop a master plan for the takeover of Gotham city, uniting an all-star supervillain cast (including King Kong, Sauron, and Voldemort) against the hero. If he wants to save the world, Batman will have to forego being a vigilante loner and learn what it means to have friends he can count on and a family that needs him.

The LEGO Batman Movie never shies from telling it like it is, making it clear that the hero can also be the bad guy, and a villain can sometimes be heroic. Subversive and silly, the movie fully acknowledges that the Batman franchise has been done for years, and that its hero really isn’t all that heroic, all the while playing off the ideas of family and relationships, platonic and otherwise. The film is bursting with pop culture references, all the way back to Batman’s beginnings, poking fun at the Batman franchise itself, with Alfred referring to each incarnation of the Batman character as being some of Bruce’s “phases.” It mentions Batman’s (somewhat spotty) affiliation with the Justice League and his rivalry with Superman, and introduces the character Dick Grayson as Batman’s young sidekick, Robin, even referencing Dick’s eventual role as Nightwing. Overall, the movie shows that you can’t always get by on your own, paying particular importance of telling those around you—even your nemesis—just how much they mean to you.

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