I am. Extremely bad at keeping a blog. I am extremely bad at a lot of things. I’m just really goshdarn lazy.
Uhhhh so what on EARTH have I been up to since my last (serious) blog post?? Well, I had to work for a big exhibition my school had. That was cool. And now my professionally-printed art is hanging in my house! Baller. I also continued rehearsals for a little 45 minute play and performed that four times in two days. I like to believe I did an excellent job. Oh, and I got my hair cut. And I saw Rent. Then we went up to Oregon to meet my sister at college, then we went up to Seattle to tour two colleges before flying back home. Then I saw The Lego Batman Movie, which was so amazing oh my gosh??? So if you couldn’t tell this is going to be a review of The Lego Batman Movie.
So first off, backstory of me going to the movie. So basically if you didn’t know I’m kind of bad at making friends, so I’ve been trying harder this calendar year. Which meant that I invited a friend I made to come to the movie with me! First time in a long time I’ve invited a person to do something, hah. After a bit of scheduling mishaps we managed to decide on Thursday in the afternoon. We met up at the theatre, got snacks, sat down and watched this masterpiece of a movie, then hung out afterwards to finish off the free refill we got on popcorn. And we’re probably going to do this again in September when The Lego Ninjago Movie comes out! Oh, and I put on a special outfit for this momentous occasion.
So first off: spoiler-free review. If you’ve seen The Lego Movie, it’s pretty much as good as that one! And if you haven’t seen The Lego Movie, you’re fine. There isn’t anything in there you can’t understand – there are like 2 references to it in there, tops. There are definitely some jokes that are specific to Batman lore, but I think you can enjoy it without extensive knowledge of Batman’s history – I mean, as long as you understand Batman’s basic premise (guy dresses up as bat and fights crime along with various youngsters in halloween costumes) you can certainly get most of them!
Honestly? This movie was a breath of fresh air when it came to superhero flicks. I’m sure everyone and their mother has told you by now that superhero movies have been ridiculously serious and gritty recently, and boy howdy that is true. I mean we don’t need it to be ridiculously campy like the Batman 60’s show, but we can have a serious movie without making everything boring grays! And this certainly shows it. There is a serious conflict and sense of urgency in this film, but it still manages to be light-hearted and funny.
I just realized last time I tried to divide this review up into categories or something?? LOL that’s for scrubs, real reviewers just barf out their feelings without any sense of structure.
Alright let’s go into the SPOILER ZONE!! Below the cut.
Hey! There be spoilers ahead! I’d recommend seeing the movie and avoid spoilers as much as possible before seeing it but hey you do you ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS MOVIE. Have I mentioned that yet? I feel like I haven’t mentioned that yet.
First of all, the characters! So awesome and great. Each character that was developed was developed excellently, and the large amount of background villains was just phenomenal. It was such a great jab at how ridiculous comics are (every single one of the characters named is a real DC Comics character, check the wiki if you don’t believe me) and I enjoyed seeing these characters I recognized due to my extreme nerddom. Basically all jokes about Batman lore made me laugh a lot.
I kind of knew this going in since I follow a person who didn’t tag anything and would just post like a bunch of stuff about this movie all in a row, but there is definitely gay subtext in this. Not the thing that all the newspapers seem to be attacking (the “Robin has two dads” thing), oh no – the relationship between Batman and the Joker. Oh wow. Many times throughout the movie I just leaned over to my friend and whispered “so gay” at certain interactions between them.
The plot took some surprising turns! I knew there was going to have Joker as the main villain and it was going to be about Batman and Robin, but I had no idea those characters from the phantom zone were going to come in! It was just flippin’ hilarious to see these guys out of nowhere, and it was also a real treat. Mostly it reminded me of how my brother and I would play with Lego as a kid, which is probably what a lot of this movie’s gimmicks were inspired by! The ending was extremely anticlimatic which made it somehow even more amazing – there’s all this grunting to pull it together and then it suddenly clicks perfectly? Pure gold.
In case you were wondering, the two references to The Lego Movie I spotted were the shot of Emmett falling into the real world shown near the beginning when talking about the void underneath Gotham City and Batman mentioning the idea of a Master Builder. Honestly I’m disappointed they didn’t put Batman’s song from The Lego Movie in there, but I enjoyed the soundtrack all the same. Especially when we got Rickrolled by a freaking movie. I just died.
So, I recommend seeing The Lego Batman Movie! Amazing, 10/10 movie, highly enjoyable. Gonna have to put some of those sick tunes on my playlist. You’re my best friend, my best friend…
That’s it for now! Maybe I’ll get around to reviewing Pokémon Moon at some point, heh.