Monday, December 16, 2013

LEGO Batman: The Movie (2013)

SPOILER WARNING!!! This post spoils movie LEGO Batman: The Movie (2013).

This is 200th post of this blog. It is fitting that this post is about Batman movie. I didn't plan to do Batman movie or anything special for 200th post. I just wanted short movie and later realized this will be 200th post.

I didn't expect much from this movie. I am not sure, if this was supposed to make money or was this just Lego advertisement. This was written by someone, who didn't have much respect for characters and who didn't care, if this story continues. There is little build up for sequel, but I don't think it will be Batman movie.

During this movie, Batman and Robin beats Riddler, Catwoman, Bane, Penguin, Harley Quinn, Two-Face, Poison Ivy and few henchmen inside Arkham asylum without breaking sweat. Replace Bane and Poison Ivy with Joker and you get group Batman single handedly beat without breaking sweat. No Lego Batman sequel is planned. Joker and Lex Luthor find and destroy Batcave. No Lego Batman sequel is planned.

Lex Luthor is running for president. When he loses Man of the Year title to Bruce Wayne, he asks Joker for help. Joker needs chemicals for his Joker gas. Because Lex and Joker are criminal, they just can't buy those chemicals. They have to steal them. Probably Lex Corp manufactures those chemical. But no, they have to break into chemical plant and steal those chemicals. I know this was made for kids, but this doesn't have to be stupid.

Because there is Lex Luthor, Superman also has to be there. Superman is guy, who has to always tell how good and great he is and how he always saves the day. That annoys Batman to no end. Batman's only character trait is that he doesn't want any help, especially from Superman. Robin is young boy, who Batman doesn't let do things he want to do.

Movie has too much stuff in it. It is only 70 minutes, but has all the villains I mentioned and whole Justice League. Many of the characters are there only for a little while. Movie doesn't need all these characters. It wastes them. There can't be LEGO Batman movie with only Bane as villain, because this movie made him look so weak. Same goes with most of the villains.

Movie steals lot from other Batman movies. Opening scene is from Tim Burton's Batman. Music is same. Movie also uses legendary Superman theme, which is also elevator music in Lex Luthor's office. There are tons of references to other Batman movies. If you have to watch this for some reason, only entertaining thing to do, is trying to find all of those. Movie tries to be funny. It is funny, if you don't care about Superman or Batman. If Batman and Superman using bus to get to final fight is funny to you, you might find other jokes funny too. Skeleton in chemical plant was kind of funny, but movie didn't have other moments like that.

I don't understand, why this was made and how DC let someone using their characters in this movie. This is such a waste of characters. At beginning of the movie, we see Lex Luthor and Joker killing Batman and Superman. Then we go two days ago and see events leading to this. After movie shows death of Batman and Superman again, we learn that they changed the clothes. Kryptonite didn't kill Batman and Superman wasn't crushed. How Lex Luthor and Joker didn't see that they enemies looked little different from before? That tells everything about the movie. Even characters doesn't know each others.

Scariest thing is that upcoming Superman movie, with Batman and other Justice league members, could be worse than this. At least we will be reading that on message boards, if it is not good enough.

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