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The LEGO Batman Movie
LEGO蝙蝠侠英雄传

Opening Date
09 Feb 2017
Rating
PG
Runtime
104 mins
Language
English with Chinese subtitles
Genre
Action, Animation, Comedy
Director
Chris McKay
Cast
Will Arnett, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianiakis
Synopsis
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
Reviews
By Freddy  08 Feb 2017
This fast-paced, funny, and very quotable animated film is well-executed, courageous, and has enough heart to be likeable.
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‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ sees the return of the arrogant, wisecracking, but endearing caped crusader we saw in ‘The LEGO Movie’ three years ago. Batman (Will Arnett) is the focus of this film and he proves perfectly capable of headlining his own feature, together with many other notable Batman characters, of course.

There have been many Batman movies in the past, a fact that the film explicitly acknowledges, but this film chooses to tackle Batman’s loneliness and his fear of being part of a new family after losing his parents. We see him resisting forming any meaningful relationship with his butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes), his newly adopted son Dick Grayson (Michael Cera), the new Gotham City police commissioner Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson), and even his nemesis The Joker (Zach Galifianakis).

The plot might be quite predictable, especially when we recall the surprise twist towards the end of ‘The LEGO Movie’. The focus on Batman makes a lean script, but also leaves many other characters with little to no character development. The plot is clearly not as substantial as the more mature Batman films that came before it, such as Tim Burton’s and Christopher Nolan’s Batman films.

That being said, this film’s achievement is making a truly funny Batman. Not only it is filled with non-stop jokes and quotable one-liners, but it also frequently breaks the fourth wall. It is like ‘Deadpool’ for kids. Right from the start, Batman gives a running commentary as the studios’ logos appear one by one. Soon after, a pilot mentioned Joker’s failures in ‘Batman’ (1989) and ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008). Alfred listed literally every live-action iteration of Batman from 1966. This lobster thermidor-obsessed, snake clowns-fearing Batman might be one of the most childish and incompetent Batmans in recent memory, but is certainly the funniest.

The voice actors of this film are talented. Will Arnett injects the right amount of heart to what could have been a very annoying lead character. Michael Cera is great in expressing Dick’s childlike innocence and enthusiasm. Zach Galifianakis is delightfully evil (and needy) as The Joker and has a good chemistry with Arnett in their scenes together. Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes also perform well in their respective roles. The rest of the actors do not get the chance to stand out but are reasonably good.

This film is certainly a visual treat as well, with its beautifully detailed Gotham City, Wayne Manor, and Batcave. It still maintains the aesthetics in ‘The LEGO Movie’ with stop-motion-like movements and accurate LEGO textures down to the seam lines. Its colourful palette fits well in this light-hearted film, although it gets overwhelming a few times in the fast-paced scenes.

The soundtrack contains a lot of songs, containing a few original songs such as ‘Who’s the (Bat) Man’ and ‘Friends Are Family’. Various pop songs are in the film as well, including several popular, beloved oldies. The sound effects are great as well, especially the spoken “pew pew pew” sounds when lasers shoot.

Overall, ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ will certainly entertain both adults and children alike. While its story gets predictable and it takes some liberties with the Batman lore, it is still recognisably a Batman story. This fast-paced, funny, and very quotable animated film is well-executed, courageous, and has enough heart to be likeable. At the very least, expect to be laughing from start to finish. Batman out.
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