A movie with high-quality hilarious dialogue that is not supported by its stop-start plot. Simply put the movie gets the characters right and its pace wrong.
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The Lego Batman Movie is a 2017 computer animated film directed by Chris Mckay, written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, and John Whittington and stars Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes. The film tells the story of a (Bat) man struggling to make new connections in his life.
Before anyone goes ballistic on me, I am a huge fan of Batman. My keychain and phone cover are bat-branded and don’t even get me started on the other bat-stuff I own. I walked into the movie with lowered expectation because of the DCEU’s recent follies. The film started off with a roar that included extremely hilarious lines and a well-choreographed action sequence. The humor was on point and I was ready to be roundly entertained by this film. And then.
Every movie needs to have a plot and an arc and this movie has those too. The film chose to tackle an aspect of Batman that most others haven’t. The question as to whether those aspects need to be tackled is for another time. The film makes its choice and sticks to it with full conviction. The film compromises on pace while trying to serve its story. That’s not to undermine the payoff it has when the end credits come around but the long and arduous journey the film takes to get there is its biggest drawback.
The problem with BvS was that there was too much story and the problem with this one is that the story presented is too little. The film needs to go to great lengths to create its conflicts and make them feel real when a simplistic approach could have sufficed.
All that negativity aside, the film is raucously funny when it gets into its groove. The film’s humor is on point and the dialogue department deserves a whole lot of praise for it. They have a clear appreciation of the bat-lore and they take loving light-hearted jabs at it. The voice cast and animation are winning as well. BoJack Horseman doing Batman is just hilariously perfect. That slight tinge of exhaustion Will Arnett has in his voice really comes through when Batman talks about fighting the Joker for over 90 years. Small touches like those get the tone across perfectly. Zach Galiafianakis is a perfect canditate to take over for Mark Hammill when the latter chooses to hang up his vocal cords.
The unveiling of a ridiculous amount of characters who people know and love is – for lack of a better word – great. Sitting in my chair giggling while watching half of cinema’s rogue gallery is well worth the price of admission. I would not want to spoil any more of the good stuff the film has to offer because experiencing it first hand is the way to go.
Weighing the good and the bad of the film simultaneously, I can clearly say the good wins over. But for me, the win is a slight one. I understand the love the film has gotten from everyone over the course of its release and with a tighter story, it could have had me on board as well.
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