The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
When The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and all the villains of Gotham City realize that Batman (Will Arnett) doesn’t need them anymore, they decide to turn themselves in so Batman will be all alone. Left with nothing to do, Batman knows The Joker is up to something. Even though Batman works alone, Robin (Michael Cera), Batgirl (Rosario Dawson), and Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) set off on a crazy adventure that will test the Caped Crusader’s ability to fight alongside others.
Fresh off the success of The Lego Movie, Batman now has his own movie starring a ton of characters and I mean A TON! Just as The Lego Movie was, The Lego Batman Movie is fast, colorful and full of quick wit. Batman is is same old self acting as if he is the best thing ever and everyone else is not that cool. This is one of the aspects of the movie I didn’t care for. Batman begins to wear you down with his greatness and negativity towards everything else. It gets old after a while and I wish it wasn’t that intense. His attitude is in almost every line!
The story is ok, but nothing as special nor as touching as in The Lego Movie. To be honest, this movie doesn’t feel like a Batman movie because the villains aren’t really that big a deal. Batman movies have always been about the villains, but this movie is about Batman and his relationships with his friends. The Joker is a minor character and every other Batman villain feels like a cameo. Did I mention that King Kong, Sauron, Godzilla, Voldemort and many other non-Batman villains are in this movie? It just feel weird and not Batman-like at all. Alfred even joins the fighting!
As far as a movie goes, this movie is funny, fast and crazy. It is sensory overload by the end which means that kids will love it and parents will want to take a nap after. I thought the ending was a bit lame and lacking of spunk like the rest of the movie exhibited. Maybe I’m criticizing this movie based on The Lego Movie or maybe I didn’t like the direction they went with Batman, but this movie was just a solid “decent.” I don’t know if I would ever want to watch this again, but the production, animation and characters are all well done and over the top. For those of you that liked the character of Batman from The Lego Movie, this will please you very much, but for those of you wanting a “Batman movie made from Legos,” you might be disappointed. Co-starring voices of Billy Dee Williams, Channing Tatum, Conan O’Brien, Doug Benson, Eddie Izzard, Hector Elizondo, Jason Mantzoukas, Jonah Hill, Mariah Carey, and Seth Green.
6/10 Stars – I didn’t dislike The Lego Batman Movie, but when the first movie got a 9, this 6 should show my disappointment for a well made and animated film that didn’t feel right.