This fast paced and action packed movie see’s Batman (voiced by Arrested Development star Will Arnett) having to juggle the reasonability of protecting Gotham City while facing the reality of his own loneliness and the need to fill that loneliness with family and friends. All while hopelessly holding onto the fact that he cannot admit to needing help from those around him, including downplaying the necessity of the hilarious ‘relationship’ between a cold and unloving Batman and a very needy Joker (Zach Galifianakis).
In this clever twist and touching on the difficulties of almost all modern day relationships, something perhaps seen in a more traditional romantic comedy, Joker hatches a plan to win back his arch menace Batman who failed to tell him “I Hate You”. As a result, Joker surrenders himself as well as all of Gotham’s villains from Bane to Calendar Man, to new Gotham Police Commissioner Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson). While the new Commissioner Gordon takes all the credit for ridding Gotham City of all crime, Batman is faced once again with the reality of being alone. Not only that but the one thing he had, that being saving the residents of Gotham City, have all abandoned him. Convinced that Joker is up to something, Batman sets out to find out what Joker is really up too. But instead of teaming up with Barbra Gordon, he decides to take advantage of his newly adopted son Dick Grayson AKA Robin (Michael Cera) who will do anything for his new ‘Padre’ Batman.
The result is not only a fast paced action comedy but also a movie filled with clever and witty one-liners that not only make you laugh but touch on very real life concerns. This makes it fun and stays true to the younger PG audience while allowing for an enjoyable experience for mature viewers. The film achieves this by balancing comedy in true Lego style without the need of blood or gore (because nobody gets seriously hurt or dies in a Lego movie) all while not being too over the top and out right silly. This is counteracted with a modestly dark under tone often associated with anything Batman giving it that familiar edge to casual and even hardcore Batman fans.
However, The Lego Batman Movie doesn’t take it’s self too seriously. This is something that's referenced throughout the film, making note of previous installments of Batman going back to Tim Burton's 1989 version as well as referring to Adam West’s 1966 television show. By doing this it introduces the many faces of Batman over the years to old and new audiences leaving everyone feeling satisfied, even taking time to take have a dig at both the recent Suicide Squad and Iron Man films.
Filled with pop culture references from Harry Potter to Dr Who and featuring an all-star cast, there is little to hate about The Lego Batman Movie. With cinemas overflowing with blockbusters and artistic pieces, it can sometimes be rare to find a film that is a fun experience to be enjoyed by all ages.
The Lego Batman film is currently showing here at FACT and you can buy tickets for the 2D screenings here.