Great for the whole family, “The Lego Batman” movie will have both adults and children laughing (not always at the same time) out loud from beginning to end. From the narration of the opening credits and the sad but comical scenes of Batman’s lonely daily rituals to the antics of both his partner/adopted son (Robin) and nemesis (Joker) to get Batman to recognize their significance in his life.
The voice cast, particularly Arnett and Cera, do a great and hilarious job of vocally illustrating their limited expression lego characters; contrasting the solemnity of certain scenes with a level of goofiness that keeps the film in the territory of feel good family comedy. The animation is sharp and colorful, the writing is witty, comically self-aware (and deprecating) and filled with references adults and DC/comic nerds will appreciate.
It’s a great mash-up and starter “Batman” film for the kids, while also being a new yet nostalgically (in regards to both “Batman” and legos) entertaining revisiting, reimagined remake for adults.
4 out of 5
What would I have changed? (Spoilers)
The character of the Joker and his need to be in a enemy “ship” with Batman is entertaining but he’s not as gripping or compellingly comical as his counterparts. I can see how fitting him more so to the parameters of his predecessors might make him too scary or dark of a character for a children/family film but even Batman a bit crazier than him.
|Liz (Contributor) is an ardent cinephile from West Philadelphia. She enjoys all genres and generations of cinema and has a particular love for independent and foreign films|