The Lego Batman Movie Review: Surprisingly Heartfelt, Unsurprisingly Fun

You all voted on Twitter (or 6 of you did, but hey it’s a start) and decided my next review should be for The Lego Batman Movie, so, without further adieu, here it is.

If you saw The Lego Movie, you knew what to expect from the comedic side of The Lego Batman Movie. If you are a Batman fan, you probably had some general ideas about what The Lego Batman Movie will be all about. Let me tell you, no matter how you feel about Lego or Batman, there will be something you enjoy about this film. But enough introduction. Let’s get into the Pros and Cons of this film.

Pros: Just like with The Lego Movie, the vocal talent is solid. Will Arnett returns as the super fun, super enjoyable to watch Batman and lends some comedic styling as well as some real emotional weight to the character. He plays well off of his Robin, portrayed by Michael Cera, though if you’ve seen Arrested Development, you know that duo work. Cera is an incredibly light-hearted and positive Dick Grayson which never comes off as annoying, but rather gives some of the funniest moments of the film. The rest of the Bat-family includes Rosario Dawson as Police Commissioner Barbara Gordon and Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, both of whom excel in their roles (and with the passing of Adam West recently, seeing Fiennes pay homage to the 1960s Batman brought some true joy to my soul). The villain tallent was nothing to be scoffed at either. I won’t go too into detail, as nearly every villain from Batman’s rogues gallery appears, as well as several other villains from separate franchises (this is a shared Lego universe after all), but I will focus on the big 2, Joker, voiced by Zach Galifianakis and Harley Quinn, voiced by Jenny Slate. Both these interpretations are handled differently than I’ve seen these characters handled before. Neither voice actor used a character voice, which was especially unusual for Harley, but it worked for them. Slate, who I adore, so I may be biased, still has a fun, over-the-top Harley without the nasally Brooklyn accent of her predecessors. Galifianakis, while sometimes feeling slightly underwhelming, has a chaotic yet emotional portrayal of The Joker, which works well with the narrative given. Speaking of, both the writing and the animation are top-notch, which is to be expected from the crew who brought forth The Lego Movie, but, non-the-less is still incredibly impressive. The writing is also great for the adults who had to bring their children to see this film (or the adults like me who watched it alone because it had the words “Lego” and “Batman” in the title). I got an especially good chuckle from a “Gleaming the Cube” reference which I very much doubt any child watching would understand. I also appreciate the fact that they connect this film to The Lego Movie without directly mentioning it and alienating fans.

Cons: Really not much to say here. Any complaints I have seen about the film can easily be explained away with “Hey, it’s a kids movie. It’s going to be goofy.” As I said before, there were some moments where Galifianakis seemed to be phoning it in, but he still put in a good portrayal. It also was a little unsettling for me to have Ralph Fiennes appear in a film with Voldemort and having Voldemort be voiced by someone else, but I got over it quickly. Honestly, there really isn’t a whole lot to say negatively about the film. It’s just a boatload of fun for kids and adults alike, just like a kids movie should be.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who is willing to sit back and have 2 hours where they don’t take anything too seriously. It’s got something a ton of Easter eggs for Batman fans, and there’s a ton of fun stuff in there for fans of The Lego Movie. Overall, it’s a fun watch and it gives a nice lesson to learn at the end.

Numerical score: 4/5

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