THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

PRE-SCREENING MUSINGS

It’s always too soon for a spin-off to succeed the first movie in a franchise. Unless—in this case—it’s got anything to do with Batman. Then it’s all good.

Except, we all know how the theatrical cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—a sequel to a standalone Superman film—was received. Hope for potential viewers, however, exists in the form of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who directed the first film, onboard as producers of the entire range of spin-offs and sequels coming out of the LEGO Movie franchise.

There’s hope for The LEGO Batman Movie all right. Although one wonders if Chris McKay—who, to his credit, has headed the animation team of its predecessor—could ever match the crazy Lord and Miller possess.

THE MOVIE

The Dark Lego Rises

The LEGO Batman Movie attempts to undo any bad blood one might have toward merch-friendly movies, spin-offs or feature-length parodies. Sure, it may not reverse the colossal sins of every other film falling into the categories above, but what it succeeds in are two crucial elements: building audience faith in its expanding franchise, and being an incredibly made film. An admittedly valid argument against it could be how it doesn’t seem to recreate the magic of The LEGO Movie. Countering that, however, one could note that it doesn’t aim to; its tone and setting might be similar, but it doesn’t fall in the exact universe as its predecessor.

[The LEGO Batman Movie] is an excellently crafted parody that succeeds spectacularly in its two inherent prerequisites: self-awareness and humor.ANKIT OJHA

From the vantage point of its audience, if there were any genuine drawback, it’d be the lack of surprise—a virtue Lord-Miller’s film possessed in abundance. Fortunately, the makers of The LEGO Batman Movie understand just how important it is to be a creatively fulfilling piece of filmmaking more than anything else. This is an excellently crafted parody that succeeds spectacularly in its two inherent prerequisites: self-awareness and humor. While it boasts the former in abundance, its biggest advantage is its makers’ ability to exploit it to—almost organically—form the latter.

Among their decisions, their biggest win is the voice-casting. While we’ve all seen—and loved—Will Arnett take the Batman for a spin like an absolute badass through its first installment, it’s Michael Cera and Zach Galifianakis who are the real surprises here. Simultaneously parodying and paying tribute to their respective characters—Joker and Robin—they’re consistently at the top of their game, owning every joke and delivering it with the precise timing the film needs. Marry this with the gorgeously crafted hybrid animation that made its antecedent so popular, and viewers get the fantastic visual comedy that keeps its sounds in sync with its sights.

Lego Butler

VERDICT

The LEGO Batman Movie isn’t the successor we deserve, but it sure is the one we need. Keeping the tradition of self-awareness, meta humor and non-indulgent parodying alive, the film is an absolute blast, even if it doesn’t entirely surprise as much as the first (obviously) did. Kids will enjoy the blast of color and pace, and adults will relish just how entertaining the film is. It’s got something for everyone, and that isn’t something you’d hear for a lot of spin-offs or franchise successors today.

Oh, and it’s also the Batman movie we’ve all been waiting for. (There’s exaggeration in there somewhere, but you get the drift).

Watch the trailer here:

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Plot

Batman is awesome. His narcissism, however, comes at the cost of his loneliness. Except, courtesy a recent turn of events, he doesn’t have to be.

Cast

Will Arnett
Zach Galifianakis
Michael Cera

Director

Chris McKay

Rated

PG

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THE PLOT

Batman is awesome. His narcissism, however, comes at the cost of his loneliness. Except, courtesy a recent turn of events, he doesn’t have to be.

PRE-SCREENING MUSINGS

It’s always too soon for a spin-off to succeed the first movie in a franchise. Unless—in this case—it’s got anything to do with Batman. Then it’s all good.

Except, we all know how the theatrical cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—a sequel to a standalone Superman film—was received. Hope for potential viewers, however, exists in the form of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who directed the first film, onboard as producers of the entire range of spin-offs and sequels coming out of the LEGO Movie franchise.

There’s hope for The LEGO Batman Movie all right. Although one wonders if Chris McKay—who, to his credit, has headed the animation team of its predecessor—could ever match the crazy Lord and Miller possess.

THE MOVIE

The Dark Lego Rises

The LEGO Batman Movie attempts to undo any bad blood one might have toward merch-friendly movies, spin-offs or feature-length parodies. Sure, it may not reverse the colossal sins of every other film falling into the categories above, but what it succeeds in are two crucial elements: building audience faith in its expanding franchise, and being an incredibly made film. An admittedly valid argument against it could be how it doesn’t seem to recreate the magic of The LEGO Movie. Countering that, however, one could note that it doesn’t aim to; its tone and setting might be similar, but it doesn’t fall in the exact universe as its predecessor.

[The LEGO Batman Movie] is an excellently crafted parody that succeeds spectacularly in its two inherent prerequisites: self-awareness and humor.ANKIT OJHA

From the vantage point of its audience, if there were any genuine drawback, it’d be the lack of surprise—a virtue Lord-Miller’s film possessed in abundance. Fortunately, the makers of The LEGO Batman Movie understand just how important it is to be a creatively fulfilling piece of filmmaking more than anything else. This is an excellently crafted parody that succeeds spectacularly in its two inherent prerequisites: self-awareness and humor. While it boasts the former in abundance, its biggest advantage is its makers’ ability to exploit it to—almost organically—form the latter.

Among their decisions, their biggest win is the voice-casting. While we’ve all seen—and loved—Will Arnett take the Batman for a spin like an absolute badass through its first installment, it’s Michael Cera and Zach Galifianakis who are the real surprises here. Simultaneously parodying and paying tribute to their respective characters—Joker and Robin—they’re consistently at the top of their game, owning every joke and delivering it with the precise timing the film needs. Marry this with the gorgeously crafted hybrid animation that made its antecedent so popular, and viewers get the fantastic visual comedy that keeps its sounds in sync with its sights.

Lego Butler

VERDICT

The LEGO Batman Movie isn’t the successor we deserve, but it sure is the one we need. Keeping the tradition of self-awareness, meta humor and non-indulgent parodying alive, the film is an absolute blast, even if it doesn’t entirely surprise as much as the first (obviously) did. Kids will enjoy the blast of color and pace, and adults will relish just how entertaining the film is. It’s got something for everyone, and that isn’t something you’d hear for a lot of spin-offs or franchise successors today.

Oh, and it’s also the Batman movie we’ve all been waiting for. (There’s exaggeration in there somewhere, but you get the drift).

Watch trailer here:

About the Author

Ankit Ojha

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Ambivert. Intermittent cynic. Content creator. New media enthusiast. Binge-watcher. Budding filmmaker.

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