‘Lego Batman’ is as ridiculous as you think it is.
As my girlfriend and I sat in the second to last row and Batman’s voice played through the theater’s speakers (along with a Michael Jackson quote for good measure!), I knew I was in for a good time. Director Chris McKay’s The Lego Batman Movie drops viewers firmly in the fast paced world of Gotham with famed superhero, Batman (voiced by Will Arnett). While still being the caped crusader we’ve grown to love over the years, he must come to terms with his fear of being part of a family while taking on the Joker (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) in just another chapter of their storied rivalry. The movie is sure to make you laugh and, for the sensitive few—which apparently includes myself, I learned—cry. All in all, I loved it.
One of the best parts of the film, hands down, is McKay’s take on Batman. He’s still the constantly brooding character from previous movies, but mixed with just the right amount of cocky and oblivious, he’s perfect. Always a strong point for the Lego franchise, the jokes vary with a good amount of cultural references, puns for children, and those subtle adult jokes that make every kid movie worth seeing. To top it off, the animation—especially during the action scenes—is a sight to behold and the sheer number and variety of both heroes and villains are sure to thrill. Even the movie’s take on family and relationship (a topic that is too often botched) finds a great balance between cheesy and ridiculous. It’s perfect.
If you didn’t like The Lego Movie, this will be a must skip event for you. Otherwise, the movie’s only fault is that it ends. I had too much fun watching. It’s rare that I ask for a sequel but please, make it happen.
It’s weird to say and even weirder to type, but this is my first must see movie of the year, hands down. Batman has never been more fun, you’ll laugh the entire time, and it’s one of the best animated movies in the last few years. While The Lego Batman Movie doesn’t quite reach Pixar tier of “great movie”—although, to be fair, who does?—it ranks right alongside prized movies like Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph.
Honestly, do yourself a favor and go see it now. You won’t regret it.