Cast: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes
When Batman’s greatest enemy, The Joker, and the rest of Gotham’s villains are vanquished, what will the dark knight do with all his free time? And when a young Dick Grayson is adopted by playboy billionaire, Bruce Wayne, how will he cope when being around someone who knows what it feels to live without family.
Having never seen the LEGO Movie prior to this (GASP, I know! (I did go and watch it as soon as I got home)) I didn’t quite know what to expect. I myself love LEGO, I probably have too many LEGO sets in my room, and a friend of mine specifically told me that I shouldn’t be critical of this film. In her words; “You’ll probably be able to pick up on when they’ve put pieces together wrong.”
I did…not. This film was so fast paced, so full of action and SO funny, that my mind didn’t even have time to think about whether they were following LEGO Construction 101. One of my favourite things about this film was how they utilised the LEGO building sound effects so perfectly. The *click* *clack* *click* *clack* as the Batmobile is built out of thin air.
Following this film it has now become incredibly difficult to pick my favourite Batman; Bale or Arnett? As Gotham’s dark knight, Will Arnett packs a punch with his comedic timing, balancing his act between playing Gotham’s masked crusader and billionaire Bruce Wayne.
Rosario Dawson plays Gotham’s newest police commissioner, Barbara Gordon, and brings a ‘badassery’ that only a resident Marvel alumni can. Lord Voldemort himself, Ralph Fiennes, lends his voice to Bruce’s loyal manservant Alfred with grace and class. Completing this dysfunctional family is a young Dick Grayson (who everyone will know becomes Batman’s sidekick, the boy-wonder; Robin).
This film appeals to both Batman and LEGO movie fans alike, with a number of classic Batman gags as well as a whole host of Gotham goons (My favourite? Condiment King!). The Joker leads the pack, voiced by Galifianakis, and it’s his ‘relationship’ with Batman that is put to question throughout the 104 minute feature. Zach manages to bring out the ‘soft’ side to the criminal mastermind when Batman so hurtfully informs him that he likes to “fight around”, but ultimately plots his greatest revenge.
The LEGO Batman Movie teaches us a lot that we learnt from it’s 2014 predecessor; the power that whenever you’re feeling your most alone, friendship can get you through anything. And sometimes that friendship can turn into something deeper. Family.
The LEGO Batman Movie is in cinemas now.