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The LEGO Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay, and it features the voice talents of Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, and Zach Galifianakis. It’s a spin-off of the extremely popular LEGO Movie from about three years ago. It follows Bruce Wayne/Batman as he attempts to stop the Joker’s evil plan while simultaneously taking care of the orphan that he accidentally adopted.
The LEGO Batman Movie proves that The LEGO Movie wasn’t a one-time hit. This movie manages to capture the creativity and immense sense of fun that was brought about by the first film. The LEGO Batman Movie feels like a movie that takes place in the same universe as The LEGO Movie, yet it stands on its own enough that it manages to have its own personality.
The best part about this movie was how creative and funny it was. It keeps the same type of humor from its predecessor, and it places it in Gotham City. It focuses entirely around Batman and all of the characters that surround him, and that sense of humor worked very well in that universe. I was a little concerned going into this movie because this version of Batman was a supporting character in The LEGO Movie, and I was unsure if he could carry an entire film on his own. Fortunately, this film doesn’t suffer from that at all. It shows that if done right, spin-offs can be almost if not just as good as the original.
Probably the most unexpected thing about this movie, to me, was the amount of heart that it had. Based on the trailers, you’d expect this movie to be an hour and forty-five minutes of Batman making superhero jokes. While Batman does make a lot of jokes in the movie, it was the emotion at the film’s core that brings it to the next level. There are moments in this film, particularly towards the end, where you might find yourself having to wipe away a couple of tears, which was surprising but very welcome.
The voice cast in this film added yet another layer of humor to it. First off, Will Arnett is great as the voice of Batman. His version of Batman is so much different than any other version that we’ve seen or heard before. Almost all of the versions of Batman we’ve seen before are extremely serious and brooding. However, Arnett’s version has much more sarcasm and vanity to it. As far as the rest of the voice cast goes, they all were wonderful, particularly Michael Cera as Robin. One voice I was really looking forward to hearing was Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face. Unfortunately, he had an extremely small role, so we didn’t really get much of him.
The thing that stands out the most about The LEGO Batman Movie is how much fun it is. There are points in this film where its overall attitude and tone reminded me of that of Deadpool (if Deadpool were rated PG and made out of LEGOs). This film pokes fun at Batman’s previous on-screen adventures and it isn’t afraid to laugh at itself a little bit too. I won’t spoil anything, but some of the jokes and little jabs in this film will have you dying of laughter.
Overall, I thought The LEGO Batman Movie was an extremely funny and enjoyable experience at the theater. If you’re a fan of The LEGO Movie and enjoy that type of humor, I would very highly recommend checking this out. Even if you’re just a fan of Batman in general, which most people are, I think that you can have a great time at the theater with this movie. It manages to recapture the awesomeness of the first LEGO Movie, yet it stands on its own really well. If you’re looking for a good laugh at the theater this weekend, you’ll find that in The LEGO Batman Movie.
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