One of the cinematic highlights of 2014 was the animated feature, The Lego Movie, and one of the most entertaining aspects of that film, was the Will Arnett voiced Batman character, and his one-liners. Fast-forward to 2017, and now the animated blockbuster of the year is The Lego Batman Movie.
I would love to call this a solo Batman film, but in addition to Arnett’s Batman, there are a wealth of great characters, both heroes and villains. Part of the fun of this one is seeing so many great characters, from both the DC Universe, but also many other of the Lego character universes…and hearing the voice talents of so many great performers like Michael Cera (Robin), Rosario Dawson (Batgirl), Ralph Fiennes (Alfred), Zach Galifianakis (Joker), and even Siri as the Batcomputer. You will also hear Billy Dee Williams, Seth Green, Tatum Channing and Jonah Hill.
Directed by Chris McKay (who will be directing a future Nightwing film for DC), the Seth Grahame -Smith story begins with an epic battle between Batman, and just about every Batman foe, and during said battle, the Joker feels unappreciated by Batman. He starts a plan in motion to upgrade his evil counterparts by freeing all of the super-baddies from the Phantom Zone prison. This leads to the Joker being united with a menagerie of nerd-culture villains, and hilarity ensues. Will Lego Batman learn the value of teamwork before it’s too late for Gotham City?
Just like its predecessor, The Lego Movie, Lego Batman has a very fun storyline for all ages, and like every animated film, there are jokes placed in there for adults as well. The animation is spectacular, especially if you see it in the IMAX format. Lots of hidden jokes on the street signs and in the background as well.
Like the theme song from The Lego Movie, “Everything is Awesome” with this one as well. I highly recommend for all Lego fans, Batman fans, and (without spoiling) Doctor Who and Harry Potter fans as well.
4 of 5 stars. Go see this film and have a great time!