(WARNING: This article does contain spoilers for The Lego Batman Movie. Please continue with your Bat-eyes open.)
This movie had me sold before the first 10 seconds had passed. My husband and I just finished watching #TheLegoBatmanMovie, and it was just as epic as I had hoped. Will Arnett gave us a great Batman, one worthy to wear the cowl.
The previews we had gotten up 'til this point have promised hilarious quips, much like we got in #TheLegoMovie, but they also promised great references to past movies, action, and Alfred. The previews were very accurate of what was to come — it had me on the edge of my seat and rolling in the aisles laughing. In the words of my favorite superhero, with "super-suction ears":
Here are three reasons why you should go watch The Lego Batman Movie.
3. Characters You Will Fall In Love With
I do not believe that there was a single character I didn't like in this movie. Even the side characters were lovable, or at least a great comedic relief. Batman, Robin, Alfred and Barbara meshed well together to create the perfect little Bat family, one that I hope to see more of. I know that it is an animated movie, but that didn't make the chemistry between these four less meaningful. Though Batman had the one, true arc, the character development was still done well for an animated film.
And yes, the Joker made me cry. How could you not after looking at those sad, Lego puppy-dog eyes? He was a great villain. No Heath Ledger, of course, but it is a kid's animated film. He was as Joker-esque as he possibly could be.
This movie also did great justice to the supporting characters. They were just enough to be enjoyable and not just a waste of space or time, with enough dialogue to not be distracting or unnecessary.
2. Awesome Dialogue Sets The Mood
Which brings me to this: There wasn't a moment of poor dialogue in this movie.
"Black — The Lego Batman Movie"
The first word of this movie already has you in its grasp. It has a little bit of everything — bluntness, jokes, long inspirational monologues and funny one-liners — they helped set the mood of the whole movie. Even Batman's brooding selfishness wasn't overwhelming and it helped you connect with him. Did I mention the jokes? If you have ever watched any #Batman movie before, you are in for a wild treat.
1. References Galore
- Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy
- Batman and Robin
- Batman Forever
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- Suicide Squad (This was referenced at least twice that I saw. You just really have to pay attention for one, but it's great.)
However, #DC movies featuring Batman are not the only movies referenced. This is where things get a little spoiler-y. Proceed only if you wish:
We also get many, MANY villains from other movies and TV shows — little creatures that multiply when they get wet, an evil tower, villains to "ask your nerdy friends about," and large, enhanced creatures. Those are just four of the villains that I got the most excited about!
There was also this one, incredible line that, despite being a diehard #Marvel fan, I couldn't help but laugh:
"IRON MAN SUCKS."
It was beautiful.
So yes, I loved this movie. There was very little to actually dislike about it. I definitely think (if you don't have plans already) that you should go check this movie out. Even if you have plans, take those people with you. If they don't want to go, you don't need their boring selves anyway. (OK, just kidding, but you get my point)
Let me know what you think!