If you saw the blockbuster of a film that was the Lego Movie, then you would be hard pressed to find someone that didn’t enjoy the antics of Lego Batman. He wasn't the focal point of that film, but the jokes and one-liners from him made the character stand out among the supporting cast (and there were a lot of them!) in the film.
Now, the Lego Batman gets his own film, and it does not disappoint in any way! From the moment the film begins and Lego Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) begins his commentary of the opening credits and logos on the screen, you will crack a smile and realize that you are in for something special. The visuals are fantastic and nothing short of what you'd expect from the Lego Movie franchise.
This movie is a light-hearted affair that is funny for the entire family. If you're a Batman fan, you will enjoy the countless references and call backs to earlier films. There are even some villains from other familiar franchises and even obscure Batman villains (like the Condiment King) that make an appearance here. The movie even takes playful jabs at past DC films like Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. There are so many hidden jokes and visual gags in the film, it may take a second viewing to fully appreciate everything here.
But Lego Batman is more than eye-candy and funny gags. There is a compelling story here about solitude and the importance of family and friends, resulting in probably the most down-to-earth and relatable Batman that has ever been on screen. There is a real heart to this Lego character that is often missing from the live action films, making this version of Batman a nice vacation from the serious and brooding Batman that we are far too familiar with.
Overall, whether you have a family or are just a fan of Batman himself, you shouldn’t miss this movie! Funny, thoughtful, and energetic, this is a great follow-up to the Lego Blockbuster from a few years ago.
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