Lego Batman Movie Review

“The Lego Batman Movie” is directed by Chris McKay utilizing the voice talents of Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes and Zach Galifianakis.  “The Lego Batman Movie” is a spinoff from the hit “Lego Movie” utilizing the Will Arnett Batman character.  Taking place in a brick and mortar Gotham City, Bruce Wayne aka Batman must face his greatest nemesis The Joker while also defeating his other rogues gallery of villains.  Among the crime fighting, Batman must learn what it means to be a family as he is also tasked with raising the orphan boy Dick Grayson.  “The Lego Batman Movie” sets up the potential for an extravagant “Lego” movie universe and is packed with great visuals and loads of laughs thanks to the script by Seth Graham Smith and direction by Chris McKay.

“The Lego Batman Movie” does something great, especially in the first 10 to 15 minutes of the movie.  It is very meta, while Batman breaks the fourth wall ala “Deadpool” style.  The opening scenes are hilarious and there are chalk full of Easter eggs sprinkled throughout those fifteen minutes.  They literally poke fun at every “Batman” movie that exists with some great moments from Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” saga to the newly diverse “Batman v Superman.”  There’s even a great Michael Keaton Easter egg that is totally worth the price of admission.  And of course for all you Batman purists there’s some Adam West in there as well.

This is a pretty smart film and it’s kind of hard to tell if spinoff character movies will work.  Most of the time they don’t but I think for the most part “The Lego Batman Movie” does.  The one thing that I greatly admire about these Lego movies is the pure fun and imagination.  The action is cool and creative and they incorporate a lot of different Lego properties into this movie.  But the thing that steals this movie is Will Arnett’s Batman character.  He was born to voice this character and does so in a spoofy and hilarious way.  Everything about him is fantastic.  He was hilarious in the “Lego Movie” and he was hilarious here.  And all of the other subsequent movie characters were great as well especially Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth.

As fun as this movie was, I did find quite a few things wrong with the film.  The biggest one being the story.  I thought that those first 15 to 20 minutes of the film were amazing.  They were fun and jokey without being to cheesy.  But after the film got going and the plot started to unfold I found it to be quite boring.  I really stopped being invested in the film halfway through and I never bounced back.  I thought parts were very slow and a lot of the comedy seemed to have lost its lackluster.  I found Michael Cera Robin character to be extremely annoying as such was Zach Galifianakis voicing The Joker.  The amalgamation of Warner Brothers villains like King King and Sauron were kind of cool but I just didn’t really see the point because after a while it no longer felt like a “Batman” movie but more of a “Lego Movie” part 2.  I didn’t like the ending and it felt a little too shoe box pretty wrapped with a nice bow.  A lot of the adult humor was washed away and it truly became a movie for little children only and I found myself very disappointed.

“The Lego Batman Movie” is not a bad movie by any means.  It has tremendous entertainment value and some really funny moments but the story lost me midway and I was quite bored with the film after that first hour.  I think kids will enjoy this more than the adults and that’s ok because it is a kid’s movie.  But the difference between “The Lego Batman Movie” and the “Lego Movie” is this:  “The Lego Movie” maintained it’s target audience for the entire film while “Batman” didn’t.  I didn’t hate this film by any means, no I quite enjoyed it; in parts.  It wasn’t as good or as enjoyable as I thought it would be but I still think it’s worth a trip to the movies this weekend.

Grade:  B- 

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