THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN (2017)

Newly released on DVD, this might be the most comedic attempt at an animated Batman DC Universe movie there will ever be.  The tone is light even though Batman (Kevin Conroy) and Nightwing (Loren Lester) are trying to save the world.  Sometimes too light.  The plot: Poison Ivy and the Floronic Man have teamed up to save the world by making all humans turn part plant.  Batman needs to find Poison Ivy fast so they turn to her best bud, a reformed Harley Quinn (Melissa Rausch, Stephanie of The Big Bang Theory voices her, and the character and the actress match up perfectly).  And of course, they are forced by circumstances to bring Harley with them after they find – and lose – Ivy.  Among the more jarring moments you will experience: a full cover of Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds’ “Don’t Pull Your Love” sung by Two-Face’s twin henchmen in a henchman bar (!); a too long and uncomfortable fart joke amongst our threesome in the Batmobile; and the most controversial moment of all – a scene where Harley has Nightwing tied up in bed and – well, you figure out what happens next.  Batman and Harley Quinn is hit or miss in the humor department and while it’s refreshing sometimes to see these characters treated a tad tongue in cheek, it just goes too far sometimes, feeling more like a Mad Magazine parody of Batman: the Animated Series than something created by the man behind that classic series, Bruce Timm.  It’s watchable but you will cringe sometimes.  Oh and there is a decent scene after the credits completely roll (I guess every comic book movie is obliged to do that now) so don’t miss that.


 

TLA one-word review: naughty