Making his 1st official appearance in 2014’s “The Lego Movie”, Lego Batman was a stand out character, so it was no surprise to me when I heard that Warner Bros was working on creating his own solo film. On the plus side, Batman motion pictures are continually being made (remember folks Justice League is just around the corner in 2017!).
In this movie, LEGO Batman (voiced wickedly by Will Arnett) takes on his long list of villains including his “greatest” enemy, The Joker. After a successful day fighting crime, saving the streets of Gotham City, Batman returns home to spend his night home alone. He cooks his lobster in the microwave, watches Jerry Maguire in his large home theatre system (which I found hilarious!) and takes the time to remember his family. The great detective is… lonely.
One of the positive comments about LEGO Batman is it’s a comedy film that carries jokes suitable for all ages, especially those who can relate to any (or all) of the Batman films. To take it one step further, the film also pays great tributes to The Batman 1960’s TV Series! With all the possible DC characters in this film as well as a wide range of LEGO characters, you have a one super, fully loaded film.
The film’s pacing is fun but also slightly risky. Packed with many characters, its jokes are consistent. So much so, that if I watched the film again, I would find new jokes or minor details that I missed in the 1st viewing. It’s not because I’m slow (and don’t you dare say it!) but because the film sometimes moved so quickly. LEGO Batman (Will Arnett) is quick, witty and has great with line delivery. For some people, LEGO Batman will feel like the audience isn’t able to laugh for too long, because a second too long and you might miss something like the next joke… Yes, this is a very minor thing to point out in a kids film. Despite this, the pacing of the middle of the film felt a little slow. Again, very minor.
The LEGO Batman Movie delivers a fun, brainless, entertaining ride. A family film that promises to make you smile or laugh, it pays tribute to classic Batman jokes with positive meanings for all ages. The voice work between both Will Arnett & The Joker played by Zach Galifiankis results as fantastic chemistry and hilarious dialogue. Visual effects and sound also pack a decent punch, which is bound to impress and surprise movie lovers.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden