Lego Batman

Lego Batman Review

Alexander Trovini reviews The Lego Batman Movie

“Black. All Important movies begin with a black screen”. At the very start we’re introduced to what kind of movie we’ve walked into. Right after that, we experience one of the funniest introductions I have ever seen put to film! I could not stop laughing! Neither could anyone in the theater! Then the rest of The Lego Batman Movie starts and you know you are guaranteed a fun ride!

After the unexpected critical and financial hit that was The Lego Movie in 2014, proving that something heartwarming instead of a soulless cash-grab could be made from practically anything, the world was clamoring for more! Phil Lord and Chris Miller had proven once again that they could do anything with any property and still make it something special. Something touching. Something truly hilarious even! The world wanted more of this comical, yet heart-touching genius. And we received it in the form of The Lego Batman Movie!

Will Arnett (Ratatoullie, Arrested Development) proved his worth as the character, and it was a guarantee that he’d be amazing in this movie. Arnett is perfect for this more light-hearted, comedy focused Batman. Lord and Miller return only as producers, but their influence is spread throughout! Joining the ride as director, in his cinematic debut, is Chris McKay, especially known for his work on the stop-motion comedy show Robot Chicken. Combined with a cast including Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zack Galifanakis, and I knew we had a fun movie ahead! (Anyone else think Fiennes could play Alfred in live-action?)

Like The Lego Movie serving as a celebration of all things Lego, Lego Batman serves as an inspiration for all things Batman! You might not understand many of the jokes if you’re not as in-depth with Batman knowledge as “uber-nerds”, but you’ll definitely have a laugh at several jokes throughout the movie if your knowledge is only passing! Though this comes at the expense of jokes related to how this is the Lego universe. We know this world is essentially the kid from the first movie playing with Lego in daddy Will Ferrell’s basement, but aside from two or three “Master Builder” sequences and the finale of this movie, the fact that this world is all Lego is almost unacknowledged. Rest assured that the finale is well worth it, and beautifully hilarious! Don’t worry, there’s a message which will resonate with you.

I know I haven’t spoken on the plot very much, but I just don’t want to spoil it all, so it’s much better for you to experience for yourself. However, some of the voice cast is wasted in one-note roles. I am sure you are all aware that Billy Dee Williams finally is given the chance to play Two-Face after being essentially forced out of the first Batman cinematic franchise. Good luck remembering anything he says in this movie. I think he only said about three lines, and it was nothing memorable. I’m also willing to bet that you did not know Conan O’Brien is in the movie. He voices The Riddler, but the only thing I remember him saying is “hee hee hee” at the beginning.

None of these are deal-breakers though, mostly nitpicks. The Lego Batman Movie is not the masterpiece that The Lego Movie is, but it is well worth your time and money! Such a fun ride from beginning to end! Never letting up! And now I’m excited for the Lego Ninjago Movie and I’ve never even played with Lego Ninjago or watched the television show!

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Written By: Alexander Trovini

Cinephile. Love movies, history, books, video games. Star Wars, 007, Law and Order, Person of Interest, Marvel, DC, Indiana Jones, Sonic, Mario, Tom Clancy. Fun-lover.

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