Welcome to a good time at the movies. A comedy that you deserve and need. The Lego Batman Movie, the spin-off from the super-popular Lego Movie, is one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in months. Whether that brings up a fair point about my comedy diet is up for grabs, but what is not happens to be a truly delightful outing at the cinema. Here is a film that is quick on its feet, smart, and hilarious.
The film is great for a few healthy reasons, and let’s start with the Bat himself:
Will Arnett is a revelation as the voice of Bruce Wayne and The Caped Crusader of sadness. There should be a clause in the DC Comics handbook that Arnett has to voice every single physical and voiceover Batman character until the end of time. The man’s voice is made for it, and will mark the actor’s finest achievement in a film where he goes unseen. With all the complaining about Christian Bale’s Bat voice and Ben Affleck’s take on the tonal output of the character, Arnett’s work is signature, and gives the film its legs to run on.
It’s not just about the comedic deliveries, but also the way Arnett switches up the delivery that goes above and beyond. He can be full of gusto one moment, silly in another, and then sad. Voice work is an underrated craft, and Arnett’s work here is some of the best I’ve heard. (more…)