Movie Review: LEGO Batman

IMDB:  There are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Overall, typical Batman movie except lighthearted and kid-centric. Oh, and they are LEGO people.

Rating: 4 of 5

***SPOILERS***YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED***lego_batman_movie_app_uber_4320_1080

I’m really not sure how I feel about this movie overall. It was funny and cute, but I’m having a hard time with the ending.

Setting the ending aside, the entire movie leading up to the last five minutes was awesome! All of the music was well chosen from the adult viewers era. Kids will definitely enjoy it, but there was more than enough content included for parent entertainment as well.

Who always pays their taxes? NOT BATMAN!

It left my husband and I with plenty of laughs while my daughter was sorta into it (still a toddler, and if it doesn’t have babies, she doesn’t care).

Now to talk about the ending. Batman reaches across a gap in the city, attempting to keep Gotham from falling apart because it sits on plates, blah, blah, and he can’t reach the other side to literally pull the earth back together.

Joker appears on the other side, and after the entire movie of denying that Joker has any affect on him or that Batman and Joker have any kind of relationship, Batman finally admits that Joker is the reason he is Batman. Joker helps close up Gotham, and he and Batman hug while proclaiming how much they hate each other.

It would be a very defining moment if it would have happened any other way, but in this movie, it just felt wrong. Maybe the idea that it was a kids movie, and the characters are saying they hate each other, or the fact that Joker and Batman are hugging after they swear they are mortal enemies. I’m not sure why, but in a kids movie, the attempt to make lighthearted on a bad guy-good guy relationship just seemed weird.

I’m sure most kids don’t care, but I was also thinking about the truth of the comics that Joker is literally obsessed, and depending on who you talk to may even love Batman in some strange sadistic way. His every thought is consumed by Batman, so seeing the two hug it out at then end of this flick just reaffirmed the comic relationship, but it still just felt wrong.

For the kid version of this constant love-hate relationship, the movie was great. Maybe I am just reading too much into it, but if not for the ending and my thought process connecting it to the comics, I would have given this movie a five star rating!



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