Sunday, June 9, 2013

Just watched The Lego Batman Movie

I just watched The Lego Batman movie and I have to say, it was delightful. Right from the opening credit sequence which has a lego Bat-sign unravel in front of you. Add to that the goose bump inducing theme from the Batman animated series of the nineties, and the movie was off to a good start.

Now, I can't emphasise enough how good it felt listening to the music from the 90s TAS. It really did.

The movie starts with both Batman and Superman, apparently getting killed by the Joker and Lex Luthor. And by killed I mean Lego'd. It was a really good move, and the scene would have really grabbed a person and put him on the edge of his seat, if that person was not indoctrinated in comic book mythos, lore and the general invulnerability of the greatest superheroes on earth, and maybe even the universe.

Spoiler alert

But any way, as expected, the superheroes are not dead (surprise), and they, along with the rest of the Justice League go on to thwart Lex Luthor's evil plot to become President by using Joker's toxin to make people like him. (I know, but c'mon, it's a Lego Batman movie).

The story is intense and has all the hallmarks of a good Batman animated feature. The pacing is strong and fast. The plot has enough thrills and serious action that the creators interspersed it with classic Lego humour that reminds you that you're watching a movie rated G. The Lego set pieces and their execution is gorgeous. The voice work is surprisingly good. especially the Joker, which seems different at first but as the narrative continues, seems to meld  into a smooth rendition, that comes quite close to that of the classic TAS Joker (portrayed by the ever popular Mark Hamill).

All in all The Lego Batman movie is good fun all the way and you should watch it. 

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