Forget Batman Vs Superman. Forget Suicide Squad. This is the only DC film adaptation you need to see.
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Narrated by the caped crusader himself, the opening credits set the tone for the film perfectly. This is going to be a silly, and more importantly hilarious ride. The jokes come thick and fast, expertly parodying the Batmans (Batmen?) of days gone by, particularly the more recent dark and brooding incarnations. The film genuinely felt worthy of the phrase “laugh a minute”, and I’d recommend avoiding trailers or preview material as much as possible so you don’t spoil the many comic reveals.
Much of the film’s success rests on the portrayal of Batman himself, with Will Arnett doing his best gruff Christian Bale impression. No character is safe from ridicule however, and the film also makes good use of Batman’s most iconic villains. We get one of the best takes on the Joker since Heath Ledger (sorry Jared Leto), and every time Bane gets a line it’s impossible not to laugh out loud. The rest of the supporting cast are also right on the mark, with Ralph Fiennes as helpful butler Alfred and Michael Cera as the boy-wonder Robin.
The rich Lego-brick world we first saw in “The Lego Movie” is once again brought to life in breath taking detail, with all the charm of what looks spectacularly like stop frame animation. Tonnes of background gags are packed into every scene, meaning re-watches are likely to result in catching things you missed the first time around.
A fan-servicing but no less thrilling device, is packing the film full of entertainment’s greatest villains, with characters such as Voldermort, Sauron, King Kong and even the Daleks making appearances. No expense has been spared in pleasing the audience, but instead of appearing try hard it creates a winning formula that’s simply impossible not to enjoy.
While it might not reach the emotional depths of “The Lego Movie”, there’s still a moral, touching tale at the heart of the film. The film has cross-generational appeal, and while it might just miss out on the list of best family films ever (still dominated by Pixar) it’s sitting somewhere pretty close.