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The Lego Batman Movie Review (2017) | Batman Suddenly Became Much Cooler

Just when you thought how dark Batman really is, walks in The LEGO Batman movie to prove otherwise. A bucket load of fun! The LEGO Batman Movie is everything you want to see in a good comedy. Batsy is just hilarious, is everything we found him to be like in the first Lego movie, and more. The self-obsessed narcissistic image of Batman who prefers to enjoy his own company to anyone else literally owns his own movie. His preference of solitude, of him missing his family, secretly wishing for one, aids in basically steering the story forward.

Theme of The LEGO Batman Movie (Spoilers)

The LEGO Batman movie starts the moment the mandatory precursory symbols like WB and DC begin to show up. That quintessential rugged batman voice that Will Arnett has perfected, goes in the background pointing out the darndest things that we have always secretly thought about, but never really aloud.

Black. All important movies start with a black screen. And music. Edgy, scary music that would make a parent or studio executive nervous. And logos. Really long and dramatic logos.

Then he squeezes out comedy from everything that shows up on the big screen.

Warner Bros. Why not Warner Brothers?

It wouldn’t be wrong to say it’s a movie 1 hour 44 min well utilized sans end credits of course.

Highlighting Teamwork

Introducing characters like Robin and Batgirl  highlights one thing that Batsy had been doing wrong all this time. Trying to save everyone by literally punishing his body and mind, working all by himself. He chooses to work alone even when there is useful help at hand. The LEGO Batman movie teaches you the value of family, of working together as a team and overcoming obstacles by shooting at them “Pew Pew!”

Robin: My name’s Richard Grayson, but all the kids are the orphanage call me Dick.

Batman: Well, children can be cruel.

batman batgirl and robin in the lego batman movie

Along with that cardinal theme, the flick also banks on the concept of Phantom Zone here and unleashes supervillains from every dimension. So different worlds, be it be Harry Potter, LOTR or King Kong, walk in the middle of Gotham. All those characters you have watched over the years growing up, villains that exist, villains that you have never heard about, villains created for sheer fun, they all grace you with their presence.

Joker – The Nemesis

Jokes, as Joker likes to call himself, remains the soul of this one once again. However, the twist in the tale is that he is smitten with the concept of him being the yang for Batsy’s yin. All he cares for is Batman’s attention, because Batman hasn’t been taking Joker seriously.

The Joker: You are seriously saying that there’s nothing special about us?

Batman: There is no “us”. Never will be.

He walks in with his cute perversion trying to insert that villainous element into the story. His master plan works as always cornering Bats into taking that one step that challenges him and his choices.

Meanwhile, Bane talks just the way he used to in the Nolan Universe.

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The comedy doesn’t spare anybody. It prods the Marvel Universe too with:

‘Puter: What’s the password?

Batman: Iron Man sucks!

The Unusual Pace

The only problem with the movie is its pace as far as action is concerned. It hyperjumps at the speed of light, and it’s hard to focus on what’s happening. It puts questions at the movie’s editing that takes the focus away from it. For those who can’t keep up, a second watch becomes a must.

Apart from that, it’s a joyride, that is meant to be super cool, fun, and as awesome as Batman.

Batman: Who always pays their taxes? Not Batman!

The Final Verdict

The LEGO Batman Movie proves that the LEGO animation universe is here to stay owing to their brilliant slapstick humour and exceptional timing. It takes its characters and one ups their hilarity quotient. Batman was no exception to that. That being said I would like to point out that as far as animation is concerned, DC continues to rule. \m/

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Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Review (2014) | Genius

Exhilarating! Extraordinary performances! Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is an outstanding flick that tries to capture the life of a washed up actor, his continuous battle to prove his mettle in the acting world once again. Michael Keaton, the protagonist plays a character that is miffed by his psychotic split persona, in his endeavour to revive and in the process, get a hold of himself.

Plot of Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s riveting drama isn’t just about a lost actor who is trying to find himself through a Broadway play but is also about a broken man trying to justify his relevance to the world. Birdman is an extremely well written dramatic account of Riggan’s life, his tattered relationships, his dream to make it big once again and the alter-ego that literally rules over him. 

still of michael keaton in birdman movie

Direction

Inarittu’s direction is a beauty as he merges several frames subtly to project a continuous shot. The whole movie seems like it has been shot in a single take, and that illusion is worth an ovation. The director also gorgeously masters every frame’s timing quotient. Every act starts with a proper follow through of a character only getting intercepted when it’s someone else’s queue. The flow and rhythm of the movie is simply splendid. 

There is something beautiful about Birdman’s story. The ploy is brilliantly narrated through the messed up head of Riggan with glimpses from his past debacles, screenplay that makes you brood that often cross over for emphasis, an ever ending take that goes on till the climax, and a conclusion that loosely dangles for intense interpretation. Everything has been wrapped up beautifully by an audacious and dark voice in his head, the one big thing he ever was – Birdman, one big success from the past that keeps haunting him, telling him he isn’t dead and that he flies above the meaningless. 

Breaking Birdman Down

With an imaginary backdrop working along with the protagonist, you already know that you are in for a fantasy-world. What is crucial is that you pay attention. There are minute subtle hints that will blow your mind away while trying to connect the dots. 

If we overlook the mind boggling ending for a while, still we are left with some exceptional drama pieces like when Sam speaks up to her father and shatters him with cold, when Riggan takes on a famous NYT critic in a bar and excellent conversations between Mike and Sam and Lesley’s remorse. Things become intense owing to bits of psychotic drama as Riggan inches towards insanity. The climax of the movie leaves you spell bound and is deliberately left open for interpretation.

Final Epilogue Explained (Spoilers)

If you have not seen the movie, please stop reading at once. But if you have, the ending is sure to raise a dozen doubts in your head. 

The flick ends in a surreal epilogue with Riggan jumping out of the window, and Sam reacting happily to her Father’s ‘flying’ act. The one theory that I would like to believe but not stick to is Riggan’s death after he shot himself during the theater act. Reasons that reassure me of this:

  • The plot was one continuous single take but the continuity breaks for the first time right after Riggan shoots himself.
  • In the hospital when Jake switches on the TV it showed people lighting candles for him. You don’t do that for a person who is alive. Du-uh dead! 
  • The hospital scene was probably the next day right after the incident. Sam bringing flowers for him could be at his funeral. This justified by his inability to smell them. His funeral again supported by the fact that her wife was wearing a black dress. 

Riggan jumping out of the window could be a symbolism of his soul transcending, as he finally rejects Birdman to be his only way to stardom. Sam’s smile in the end could be her acceptance of her father’s feat as a true hero.

Contradicting the Above Theory

What contrasts the above ‘dead’ theory greatly is the fact that there were several past failed suicidal endeavors by Riggan which have been subtly inserted into the screenplay. Lesley responding to Ralph once: “He shot himself in the mouth. But he screwed that up, too.” The Jellyfish story goes on to show how Riggan was unsuccessful in killing himself in the past. So shooting the nose seems plausible. Then it takes us again to the hospital part. Taking this theory ahead on the vanguard, we can say that the imagination of Riggan once again begins right from the part he decides to take off the bandages and the rest that follows is once again the imagination bit. In the end he flew fantastically and figuratively with an acknowledgment sign from her daughter. This seals the deal too.

Whatever the case might have been Birdman is truly a rare feat that must be celebrated. Go ahead and watch this movie if you wish to visit some avant-garde style of film-making.

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