Batman and Harley Quinn Review
This review contains spoilers.
Batman and Harley Quinn is an animated film that is the twenty-ninth film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series and is written by Jim Krieg and Bruce Timm who has worked on Batman: The Animated Series and is the first film to be apart of the DC Animated Universe since the end of Justice League Unlimited. It stars the voices of Kevin Conroy, Melissa Rauch, Paget Brewster, Loren Lester, and Kevin Michael Richardson.
The Story/The Direction:
Poison Ivy (Brewster) and the Floronic Man (Richardson) are working together to make all animal life into plant hybrids like themselves. When Batman (Conroy) and Nightwing (Lester) start an investigation on the two, they have to contact Harley Quinn (Rauch) due to her friendship with Ivy. They then work together to bring down the two villains before it's too late. This animated film again is a throwback to the animated tv shows and if you're a fan of those, you won't be too disappointed when this film is playing. You even get some of Shirley Walker's music thrown in there. It's a lot of fun seeing these characters as they were back then.
Conroy and Lester are great once again as Batman and Robin but this film wasn't about them. It was about Harley. The original TV show created this character and they do expand on her well here. Harley, though crazy at times, is very relatable as she is just trying to rebuild her life. She still has the insanity that we know her to have but she's human. Rauch does a decent job at her Margot Robbie impression but she is still able to hold her own with the veterans of Conroy and Lester.
Unfortunately, this film is only good for its nostalgic aspects. It tries to add in-jokes and weird throwbacks to the 1960s TV show and movie. It doesn't flow very well. The jokes are hit or miss. I did find myself laughing at times but then there's a weird fart joke that goes on way too long. I know this is for kids but then there are really obvious adult jokes. The film doesn't seem to know which market to aim to please. Timm and Krieg apparently wanted to make a longer episode of the TV show while also adding in something that definitely would not be in a kids show. There's also a lot of unnecessary filler that definitely makes the movie too long. It should have been only two 30-minute episodes and it would have made just as much sense. Unfortunately, you instead get a boring plot that drags. Also sometimes the animation was not the greatest and there's a scene that definitely will potentially have you as upset as you were in the opening parts of The Killing Joke.
I will admit it was nice hearing the voices behind Batman and Robin in the universe that I grew up with again. However, the film has a script with unnecessary plot points and bad jokes that really makes it unnecessary to watch. The story doesn't move forward coherently enough for me to actually care about the characters. If you're somewhat of a fan of the TV show, you'll feel some enjoyment but you could rewatch a Harley Quinn episode and get more out of it than this. You can probably skip this DC Animated film.
Rating: 1.5/5.0 bowties
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