I finally got around to watching the latest Lego movie, this time a take on the Batman series. There's a lot of Lego, a lot of Batman, and a lot of silliness to digest in one sitting. So, was it good? Did it live up to all the hype that the critics and fans threw its way? I suppose I can see why people were so enamoured by it. It had a lot of good qualities and there were enough jokes, throwbacks, and nods to make most people genuinely happy with it. I guess I fall just outside the norm on this in that I thought it was good, but not great.
Seeing as how it's a kids movie primarily, one should expect positive reinforcement, life lessons, and a whole bunch of touchy-feely nonsense. Expecting those things would lead to payoff since the movie does feature all of it. There's lessons in friendship, facing our fears, the value in family, and overcoming obstacles to win the day. I mean, parents will eat this shit up for their children. Added to that, it's delivered in bright colours, has bubbly music, and will inevitably keep most kids glued to their seats for the hour and a half or so that it runs.
As a non-parent, non-child, sort-of fan of Batman, what caught my eye? There's a few references that I just couldn't help but smile at. I don't know that I laughed once at the movie, and I'm not saying I don't laugh at funny things. I cry from laughing too hard and openly admit it. The "snowball" scene in Dumb And Dumber does it every single time. So, a few things that really got me in this movie. The entire Gymkata reference almost made me lose my shit. I was grinning the entire time. Long story short, Gymkata is an awful eighties "action" film starring an olympic horse gymnastics guy. He fights ninjas using him gymnastic prowess. Apparently, Batman's sidekick learned the ancient art as well. It was great. The repeated references to Michael Jackson songs were really well done. Apparently the writers of the movie are MJ fans. I think the bit that worked most for me was how much Batman knew that there were other Batman movies. Within minutes of the film starting, Will Arnett's Batman uttered a famous Michael Keaton Batman line with "you wanna get nuts? Let's get nuts!". It made me smile because I pictured the exact scene from the 1989 Batman film.
So, The Lego Batman Movie was a decent film. I think die-hard Batman fans might be miffed that this iteration poked so much fun at the mythos, but they'll just bitch about it in their own internet hate blog. I liked it. It won't be one I'll ever watch again, but there were moments that made me smile. On a final note, the inclusion of Egghead was an egg-celent choice. I never understood how Vincent Price was a villain in the 1960's Batman show, but it doesn't diminish my love of egg puns directly resulting from it. So many funny yokes to crack!