By Tori Carlo
This Valentine’s Day weekend two movies hit theaters: Fifty Shades Darker and The LEGO Batman Movie. The former is the second movie adaptation of the Fifty Shades of Grey book trilogy by E.L. James. Starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, the film lives up to the original’s eroticism but falls flat when it comes to the plot.
The film never decides on a genre: romance, thriller, or soap opera drama. Basically, Ana and Christian agree to a more ordinary relationship despite the title hinting that the relationship should go darker. Christian buys Ana a publishing company, and Ana tries to get Christian to open up about his abusive childhood. There seems to be no meaningful traits about both characters other than that they are drawn to each other. The movie doesn’t live up to the potential fun it could have had. The only redeeming quality is the soundtrack, which is filled with pop’s best, such as collabs from Taylor Swift and Zayn and Nick Minaj and Nick Jonas.
For all the lovebirds out there: if you want to see a fun movie for the big date night, The LEGO Batman Movie delivers for all ages. First, it has an all-star cast, including Will Arnett, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera and Zach Galifianakis. As a follow-up to the 2014 hit, The LEGO Movie, LEGO Batman is a bit more subversive. It is shamelessly preparing kids to become invested in the DC Comics universe and prepare them for future interest in actual superhero movies.
Batman, voiced by Arnett, takes center stage in this movie, with his intense whisper voice and hilarious gags. The joker, voiced by Galifianakis, is the trickster nemesis that, among other Gotham villains, devises evil plans that the city needs saving from. Even adults can enjoy the visual aesthetics and bonkers plot line, as well as the satire of superhero clichés and meta punch lines that will go over kids’ heads.