The Lego Batman Movie – “The Block Knight Rises”

There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Maybe his superhero sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) and loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) can show him a thing or two.



Director Chris Mckay and his minion writers are at it again, this time with a storyline involving your conventional heroes and villains, executed in an unconventionally amusing and playful way! The creators of the side-splitting Lego Movie bring us a comical take on the much loved and quintessential DC hero, Batman. They delve into his deep-seated isolated life with comical and quotable one-liners for the enjoyment of fans and non-fans alike.

We get to see the epitome of ‘loner’ and egotistical Batman’s bromance with his ultimate adversary, The Joker, his father figure aka butler, Alfred, and his partner in crime aka his kid aka Robin aka the boy wonder, Dick. And HARK! These twisted relationships Batman has with these characters are hysterically pointed out and mocked in the film.

Whoever did the casting should seriously receive a ‘GREAT DECISION’ award since each actor flawlessly and fittingly voices their character effortlessly. There is never a moment of doubt that Will Arnett is Batman, Rosario Dawson is Barbary Gordon, Ralph Fiennes is Alfred, Zack Galifianakis is The Joker and Michael Cera is Robin (my favourite of the lot who happens to look like the Nerd from Robot Chicken). These actors personify the comic book characters in their own believable and quirky way.

Perfectly satirising comic books and movie tropes at such a rapid speed that you have to try to hold your outburst of laughter just to catch up with all the referenced witticisms. This movie has you laughing uncontrollably from the beginning, “All important movies start with a black screen,” the middle, “BAM! BOOM! SPLAT!” to the end, “I hate you!”. These are the lines I can remember and that I’ll probably be using in the future.

If the script doesn’t entice you, maybe the villains from various other popular movies will. My villain of choice was ‘The Daleks’ from the Doctor Who franchise but known as the ‘British villains’ in the film. It also pays homage to ALL the BatmanS( ummmm Batmen???) that graced our screen, obviously facetiously…the 2016, 2012, 2008, 2005, 1997, 1995, 1992, 1989 and the 1966 Batman! Phew, a mouthful!

The last time I genuinely loved every single line in a movie was for its predecessor The Lego Movie. I do think The Lego Batman Movie has its own outstanding, unique and wittily referenced script *Pew!Pew!Pew!* and while it’s not as resourceful, awesome and cool (even if the lesson is about being part of a team) as its older sibling, it comes a close second.

Gotham City’s most famous vigilante and villains are bound to leave an impression on you, so get off your butts and go laugh a bit in the cinema with or the without 3D glasses. No excuses.

But if you’re ultimately cheap and lazy, just re-watch SONA 2017 for good ol’ laughter!


That Nomad Shad –

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