The Lego Batman Movie:

[This review contains spoilers]

I really hope that this movie gets a sequel. I mean it’s like Deadpool, but for all ages. It’s witty, fast paced and without one dull moment. I like this version of Batman, I mean he’s a beatboxing machine, full of himself and has character development in surprising ways. It tackles issues that most Batman media just doesn’t touch.

How did Bruce’s parents dying affect him? Why is he alone? Is he intentionally just pushing people away? Is saving Gotham really as important to him as just being loved by its people?

Some of these questions the film only indirectly touches, but already it has more depth than some of it’s live action counterparts. I loved every moment of it.

The film begins and ends with a bang. It has incredibly catchy songs. It’s a must watch for any Batman fan, especially long-time ones. It has so many references you’ll miss half of them.

It’s a great comedy, and an even better action film.

I watched Wonder Woman and was incredibly underwhelmed. I didn’t have any of those issues with this movie. When it slowed down, I cared about the characters. I liked this version of Barbara Gordon. I mean she went to ‘Harvard For Police’ and is just as much of a badass as Bruce; which I loved.

Also Robin is adorable. He can kick butt. Actually this film has a great version of Alfred, I mean they actually acknowledge that he’s Bruce’s dad, and can also beat the enemy to a pulp.

Also Joker and Batman are in true ‘hate’ for each other. It’s silly, with a weird amount of subtext that’s just a hoot.

Also Barbara/Bruce. It’s a thing that the world needs to deal with, even if all it amounts to in the film is a one sided attraction from Batman. It was funny and I want it to be a thing! Get Hetro together!

The music is fun. The animation is wonderful, the art design just as much. The colours pop off the screen. I have no complaints with the animation at all. Also the action was awesome. I’m sure I already said that. It needs to be said again.

Watch the movie. It’s great. I love it.

Batman vs. Two-Face Review:

[This review contains spoilers]

This film included a tribute to Adam West, who unfortunately died this year. It’s sad to say then, that thought this film is fun, it isn’t as good as Bataman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. It feels like a ‘filler episode’, like the type of content that you enjoy, not because this is the best you’re seen of a TV series, but because you like the characters.

If you didn’t like Bataman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, then there is nothing for you here. If you want a tribute to the sixties Batman TV show, watch that other film first.

Now, that’s not to say this movie isn’t fun, it is. It’s wacky and silly, but it’s not nearly as clever as the first film. There isn’t half the amount of word play in this one, and the film suffers as a result.

The plot is also a mess and doesn’t make much sense. That worked in the first film, because it was self aware, unfortunately that element didn’t transfer to this film. It also had a resolution that didn’t make any sense. Two-Face just ‘battles himself’ through talking. Even as a ‘good guy’ Harvey Dent seems like a rotten lawyer. Just sending people to prison instead of rehabilitation.

Though the evil extractor was a fun idea, and watching an evil ‘two-faced’ robin was rather amusing.

I think the ending was the best, when Catwoman bid on Batman for a date. That was funny. That felt like the previous film before the magic was gone.

The animation was consistent, more so than the first film. Though it was never good, or outstanding, remaining fairly average throughout the film. The art was nice, but unremarkable and the voice acting was great. Though the end credit did have some bad animation that just looped, that was odd.

I did like this film, yet I can’t recommend it. Again, if you liked the first film, give this one a shot. Even then though, it’s hard to say if you’ll enjoy it or not.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader Review

[This review contains spoilers]

This film is based on the 1960s Batman TV show, you know the one, it’s incredibly entertaining and very easy to make fun of. Adam West, who recently passed on, returned as Batman. He does a great job of playing it straight, despite the goofiness of the story.

Batman becomes a villain, fires Alfred, and all that was just a distraction for the real ‘plot’. This film is a wacky Loony Tunes cartoon. If you want something serious, don’t watch this film,

The villains can be at times benign, committing a prank spree on Gotham, to robbery. Always leaving a path of destruction behind them. The police are so incompetent, they can’t even handle shoplifting. They’re a joke, which is the point.

And of course Batman has a spaceship.

You didn’t have to know that, but it’s something that I think I should emphasis. This is a cartoon, not just an animated film. It’s incredibly silly.

Catwoman flip flops loyalty at the drop of a hat, though her flirtations with Batman are rather humorous. It’s like they don’t even try to ‘beat’ each other.

Batman is a boyscout. There is no brooding here, only puns, lots of them…and alliteration. Wordplay is what really makes this film work, the script writers did a great job.

The animation is fine, though not always fluid. It could’ve been better, Batman Beyond is far more smooth, and I think that should’ve been achieved in this film. The art is nice, similar to the pages of a comic book, which I think is a compliment. Though again, it doesn’t look as good as Batman Beyond.

The CGI is fine, mainly used for vehicles. I’ve seen worse examples of it, but it could’ve been implemented better, I’m thinking of Gundam Unicorn or Pycho-Pass.

It isn’t the prettiest film, but the script and voice acting makes up for everything else. It’s that good and fun. I’d recommend this to any fan of superhero comics or films that want a different take on the genre. If you like the 1960s TV show, this is a no-brainer for you.

BAM! WACK! THRACK!

Give it ago, it might surprise you!