Animated Movies, Reviews

[REVIEW] The LEGO Batman Movie

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“Black. All important movies start with a black screen.”

With that line, The LEGO Batman Movie begins and 1 hour 46 minutes of raucous, hilarity ensues. To quote the overquoted line from the original LEGO Movie, with The LEGO Batman Movie: “Everything is awesome!”

In The LEGO Batman Movie, Batman (Will Arnett) does what he does best: cockily saving Gotham from evildoers. However, once the Batmobile is powered down and the mask comes off, he finds himself stranded on a island of loneliness (both figuratively and literally, Wayne Manor is on an island in the middle of the city). He still misses his parents and yearns for a family, but won’t admit it, despite his butler Alfred’s (Ralph Fiennes) attempts to have him open up. At a gala celebrating Commissioner James Gordon’s (Hector Elizondo) retirement, his daughter Barbara (Rosario Dawson) becomes the new commissioner and proposes working hand in hand with Batman, a concept to which Bruce Wayne spit takes multiple times. However, the party is interrupted by a slew of bad guys led by the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and Bruce slips into his Batman garb to save the day again, but not before Joker and the other villains voluntarily surrender. With all the baddies locked up, Batman has nothing to do, except to take in an orphan, Dick Grayson (Michael Cera) that he unknowingly adopted at the party.

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The LEGO Batman Movie combines the best parts of a Batman film with the best parts of the wacky LEGO Movie universe, creating a delightful, hilarious, and enjoyable movie. LEGO aspects aside, this is the Batman movie we’ve always wanted. And the adults in the audience will appreciate the onslaught of self-referential humor, as well as jabs at the Batman franchise and other competing franchises.

Unlike its predecessor, The LEGO Movie, the plot of The LEGO Batman Movie is actual quite tight. While the first film was centered on the concept of “with creativity you can built anything” (resulting in too many tangents and random moments), this movie discards most of those out-there moments to focus on Batman/Bruce Wayne and his journey. Now, that’s not saying there aren’t quirky, fun scenes (there’s plenty of those), but this time, they don’t come at the total expense of the plot.

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The film focuses on developing and exploring the selfish, “I work alone, kid” Batman, but we do get to see the origins of Robin and Batgirl, which hopefully will be explored more in future sequels (yes, I said: I want a sequel of the sequel!). Even though Batman gives off a stony exterior, his character development is satisfying and the moral feel-good and uplifting.

Despite the Batman film franchise having been around for decades at this point, The LEGO Batman Movie feels fresh. You will start and leave this film with a smile. Go see it and take your friends, family and other loved ones big and small because you all will have a great time.

★★★★

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About Morgan Stradling

Morgan is a native of Arizona and desert rat who loves the heat--she doesn’t even turn on the AC in her car in the middle of the summer! She loves big eyeliner, SURVIVOR, Lady Gaga, and, of course, animated films. She just graduated with her MBA in Marketing from ASU and now works as a Project Manager for a tech company. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
  • J.J.Song

    Great review, can’t wait to see it. I kind of laughed when I read Dick’s name was censored in the review. Funny touch.

    • Bob Smith

      I haven’t seen this yet, but was his name actually censored as a joke in the movie?

    • OH my gosh, that wasn’t on purpose. I use a language filter plugin on my browser and it must have changed it without me knowing. DOH! Fixing it now.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I knew it wasn’t on purpose

  • Awesome review, I had no doubt that this movie would be anything less than good
    A little worried though about the depiction of Batgirl from what another reviewer said but I’m seeing this either way :DDDDD

    • Manuel Orozco

      Trust me the Batgirl spoiler alert won’t ruin your enjoyment. It’s worth the hype

      • Thank you! So nice getting a second opinion really!

        • Manuel Orozco

          Your welcome Haley

  • Jeremiah

    Lovely review, Morgan!

  • ValkarieandherInventorChief

    I know this is an off topic question but since you promoted Home Season 2’s trailer will you be giving your opinion on the Race to the edge season four trailer? It is utterly EPIC!
    *back to topic*
    Your review was really well done! As pretty much all of them are. 🙂 But I LOVED all the throw backs to Batman the Animated series! I watched that series so faithfully. I about squealed when the condiment man appeared in the roster of villains. Hardly ANYONE remembers that guy because he was SO LAME. But it was a real blast from the past. Four stars indeed. Hopefully between this and John Wick 2 Fifty shades of Fanfiction will come in number three.

  • I must admit and say this is the best Batman movie I have seen in years. 😀

  • Manuel Orozco

    I agree with the 4 star rating! Lego Batman was just as good as the previous Lego movie. It’s hysterical, action packed, surprisingly heartfelt and astonishingly animated! Ben Affleck has got some real competition with Will Arnett.

  • Rachel Wagner

    Not quite Lego Movie great for me but pretty great film. The script was hilarious

    • Manuel Orozco

      To me, the two Lego movies are on par with each other.

    • Ryan

      IMO, I loved it just as much. I think it’s Lego Movie great.

      • Rachel Wagner

        I’m glad for you. I still enjoyed it very much. Just not Lego Movie great for me

    • Dave 52

      I’m not really going to compare the two. Both are great for different and the same reasons. They are both their own thing.

  • Pretty much. I was a bit saddened to see how little the JL and other Gotham villains were used, but it was a lot more heartfelt than I was expecting. The Lego Movie humor was a bit hit or miss, but this film is a lot funnier.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Well I ended up taking a graceful loser approach to JL having limited screen time.

  • TripleStrykeLover

    Honestly better than The Lego Movie. The Lego Movie wasn’t really my favorite, cause of the juvenille dialouge, but it sort of worked in The Lego Batman Movie.

  • Ryan

    I loved it just as much as The Lego Movie! 5/5 stars!

  • Dave 52

    The relationship between Batman and Robin was very heartwarming. As a matter of fact, I was surprised how emotional the movie was.

  • Ryan Prieto

    First off the movie was great. Second, man was it charming. I can’t tell if it is because the movie is made of “Lego”, if it is the work of the script, or some amalgamation, but “charming” fits it so well. Go watch this movie… especially if you like everyone’s favorite caped crusader.

  • Thanks for the review. I haven’t seen the first Lego Movie yet, so I’ll probably see it soon.

    • Manuel Orozco

      You should. Its not all that great but Lego Movie is a feast for the ears and eyes