As I went to my local cinema on Saturday to see Hacksaw Ridge for the second time (see the review here), I saw that they were exclusively showing The Lego Batman Movie. Naturally I couldn’t resist a preview so I battled through the families and small kids to attend a screening on Sunday.
It’s hard being Batman (Will Arnett), not only is your awesomeness not appreciated by everyone, Alfred (Ralph Finnes) is always trying to impart some words of wisdom or life lesson or foricng you to lok after the orphaned boy Robin (Michael Cera) you accidently adopted. But when Gothem City is once again under attack by the evil Joker (Zack Galifianakis) can Batman learn the importance of teamwork to save the day
Whereas Batman v Superman: Dawn of Boredom was intent on taking itself so seriously The Lego Batman Movie goes in exactly the opposite direction. Everything in the Batman canon is played for laughs and most of them land well. As the breakout character from The Lego Movie, once again Will Arnett voices Batman and just like before he is hilarious. While he’s still the funniest character there are some great roles, including the optimist and naive Robin (Cera) and the Joker (Galifanakis) who wants to prove he is Batman’s greatest enemy.
While it is undeniably fun it has more to prove than The Lego Movie (which no one expected to be any good) and the film finds it difficult to live up to that film’s inventiveness. Perhaps being restricted, for the most part, to the constraints of the Batman and DC world means it’s unable to be as enjoyably bonkers as The Lego Movie was.
However there are moments of genius in the film, such as Batman’s voice-over during the obligatory logos at the beginning of the film, and when the Joker’s heinous plan comes into action during the last third it allows to film to be more insane and creative, bringing in characters from other Lego merchandise (who knew they did Lego Gremlins?) More moments like this for the sequel please!
Rating 3.5/5 -way more fun then Batman v Superman.