767. The LEGO Batman Movie

Background info

Title: The LEGO Batman Movie
Director: Chris McKay
Year: 2017
Run time: 1hr 44m

“In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman (Will Arnett) – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.”

Live blog

0:27 – Love it already. “Really long and dramatic logos.”
1:02 – It’s like having the commentary on. Batman Director’s Commentary.
5:14 – Love that the handprint scanner is lego hand shaped.
7:34 – Mayor package.
8:46 – I wonder if Batman wears Beats.
12:13 – Wait a minute, I’m not supposed to feel sorry for the Joker.
14:29 – “What is the password?” “Iron Man Sucks.” Burn!
17:44 – It’s bad how compelling it is to watch Batman struggle with HDMI inputs.
19:39 – “I don’t talk about feelings. I don’t have any, never seen one.”
22:59 – Love the references from the super villains prison.
28:26 – Quick questch.
32:38 – “Riddle me this. What just happened?”
38:26 – Bat sub and Bat space shuttle? Now you’re talking.
42:03 – “Life doesn’t give you seat belts.”
48:36 – I often confuse hugs with attacks too.
55:15 – Lego gremlins??
56:26 – Agent Smith!
58:50 – “British robots. Ask your nerd friends.”
1:09:25 – “Sick move, rope.”
1:20:13 – WWBD? What would Batman do?
1:31:36 – “I hate you forever.”
1:39:04 – SIRI GETS A CREDIT!

Conclusions

It’s taken us a while to get round to watching this because, with the experience of the first LEGO movie still vivid in our head, we expected it to be bright and fast and exhausting. It was, but nowhere near as bad as the first. It actually felt like it had a somewhat slower pace, a more adult theme perhaps, and generally a better story overall.

Batman himself is brilliant, the self-assured, totally oblivious but generally good-hearted guy who just wants to be loved. By everyone. All the time. Loudly. There were tons of in jokes and references littered through the film, and so many voice cameos we had to go back and check on a few once we were done watching. A really enjoyable film.

Rating: 4/5.

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