Possibly the greatest Batman movie ever, The Lego Batman Movie both an homage and a parody to DC Comic’s most enduring superhero.
As a kid, I disliked Batman. Sorry to say this, but I thought he was kinda lame. Not only because of campy portrayals in the 60s series and in Superfriends, but because he had no superpowers. As I got older though, the Batman persona began to appeal more and more, thanks to updated, more sophisticated storytelling. What fascinated me most was not so much the whole damaged psyche backstory, but all the character possibilities hinted regularly.
Things like, what exactly is Bats’ relationship with all his Robins?
Is Bats as obsessed with the Joker as the Joker is with him?
Wouldn’t the Gotham police detest Batman for showing how bad they are at their jobs?
The Lego Batman Movie answers all these possibilities in one swoop, spinning a hilarious story that would have you grinning non-stop from start to end of the movie. The Bats portrayed here is the one so many of us have long suspected him to be. Hopelessly vain, egotistical, and at the heart of everything, just an insecure kid who never grew out of his misery. (Or his toys) To prevent the story from becoming too heavy, practically every minute of the movie is spiced by a cameo, an easter egg, or an outrageous proclamation by Bats. The effect is just incredible. While it ought to feel messy or over-the-top, one never loses track of the story. The colourful, brick-y world draws you in like a vortex. You’d be cheering for every character. Yes, including the adorable villains.
And the cameos! From Superfriends, to Voldemort, to versions of Batman from over 70 years. On the last bit, The Lego Batman Movie is both an homage and a parody. For me, the willingness to laugh at, then embrace these historical versions is what’s greatest about this movie. Possibly, also what makes it the best Batman movie ever.
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