Soundtrack Review: The Lego Batman Movie

Soundtrack Review: The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman Movie Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Lego Batman Movie by Lorne Balfe.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 97.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 49.6
Album Excellence: 92%

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The Lego Batman Movie is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film directed by Chris McKay and starring Will Arnett, Michael Cera & Rosario Dawson. It’s a spin-off from the 2014 film The Lego Movie. There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Maybe his superhero sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) and loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) can show him a thing or two. The score is composed by Lorne Balfe.

The Lego Movie from a few years ago was undoubtedly a success and further movies in this franchise was on the agenda. Batman had a small role in the original film and focusing on him for the spin-off could prove to be a stroke of genius. Batman itself is a huge Hollywood lynch pin and his Lego persona is always fun. I enjoyed the original film and score by Mark Mothersbaugh, but I sadly can’t remember if some Batman material was referenced, but there should be plenty to listen to here. This is obviously a spoof movie in Lego form and I feel that spoof movies are best when they are mimicking the real thing, and that includes the score. There has been many examples of great scores in spoof movies that doesn’t have to be silly and slapstick. This score opens with ‘Black’ that does have a Batman feel to it, specially at the start. Although it does play around with various genres, I think it still works. The action feels really good and the comedy doesn’t feel like it’s trying to hard. It’s a great track, lots of fun. You’ll be happy to know it’s well over 7 minutes long as well. Interestingly I hear the Mad Max theme in here as well. Not having seen the movie, I might miss a few pointers, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Lego Mad Max was somehow featured.

Balfe is no stranger to action and he shows here he is still very much on top of his game with a lot of fun attached to it as well. I can totally buy this score as a high profile action movie, and although I know that it’s not exactly that, it works on so many levels. Balfe is also bringing his comedic side from his experience with animated films such as the excellent “Home”. The Robin theme for example in ‘The Arrival Of Robin’ is such a light delight at first with a theme that could very well feature in the “Home” universe and I love that after having listened to that entire cue, I sort of feel for Robin, there’s a sadness and mystery to it with a dash of bad-ass. With so many interesting characters in the DC universe and beyond, you’d expect a fair amount of themes and there are a few. Not everything works for me, but I can’t give enough praise of the high energy that is felt throughout this score. The Joker theme I wonder, if it’s based on the Mad Max theme, because I hear it as well in ‘Joker Crashed The Party’, and I’m not sure it works. It’s good, but I don’t enjoy the guitar. I’m used to a different kind of joker personally, so maybe that’s why. Balfe knows to have fun though and I love how he casually implements the classic 60s Batman theme in here as well, and I almost missed it, but since I know it by heart, it would be hard for me to miss it completely.

There are plenty of jokes, even in the music. I love the fact that there’s a choir singing “The Phantom Zone” inside the cue ‘The Phantom Zone’. That cracked me up. I love that there’s such a variety in the music as well ranging from epic action, to mysterious fantasy music to simple comedy. Everything considered, this is a great superhero score, whether it’s attached to the Lego universe or not and that’s the immediate appeal and attraction to me. I can just pick this up along with other superhero scores and just dig it.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Black
2. Your Greatest Enemy
3. The Arrival Of Robin
5. No Seat Belts Required
6. To Cage The Joker
7. The Phantom Zone
8. Open For Business
9. Chaos In Gotham
10. Lava Attack
11. For Your Own Good
13. Batmans In The Zone
14. The Babs Signal
15. Battle Royale
16. A Long Farewell

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Soundtrack Review: The Lego Batman Movie, 9.0 out of 10 based on 7 ratings

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