Possible spoilers ahead!
Yeah, I know “The LEGO Batman Movie” came out months ago, and I know this review is super late. But you see, stuff came up while the movie was playing in the theater. Stuff like a little car accident the wifey and I were in and took weeks to settle because the person who hit us lied to the police.
To be honest however, I think the main reason I didn’t see “The LEGO Batman Movie” on the big screen was because I really didn’t want to see the movie in the a room full of screaming children. But thanks to my old pal Laneit, I was finally able to see the movie from the comforts of home.
So what did I think of “The LEGO Batman Movie”? Keep reading to find out…
“The LEGO Batman Movie” stars Will Arnett as Batman and Michael Cera as Robin, Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon / Batgirl, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, and many, many more people. The movie is basically about Batman learning to work with others, and about his need for friends and family.
That was all fine and good, and the filmmakers did some clever stuff. I liked how they built upon the Batman mythos, and also poked fun at the character’s cinematic history. The first two acts of the film were solid, and had some nice story arcs. There were even some very funny bits like Batman wearing the cowl 24/7, Alfred reading a parenting book, and Superman throwing a party for the Justice League.
But by the third act, “The LEGO Batman Movie” had lost me. I just didn’t see the need to add King Kong, Sauron, Daleks, and a bunch of others to the mix. I get that this sort of thing worked in “The LEGO Movie,” but here it came off as an episode of “Robot Chicken.”
Easily the best part of “The LEGO Batman Movie” is the voice cast. Will Arnett as Batman gets to cut loose, and it clear he’s having fun doing this part. Arnett perfectly plays up Batman’s loner attitude and massive ego, but he does it in such a funny way you can’t help but still like this Batman.
The biggest surprise in the cast was Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth. He was funny, sweet, and he even kicked some ass. This is one of the best Alfred performances in any Batman movie. But how this poor man put up with Bruce Wayne for all those years is beyond me.
Rosario Dawson was fine as Batgirl, but I can’t stop thinking of her as Claire from the MArvel Netflix shows. Which is going to be a huge problem when she’s on “New Mutants” next year.
At the end of the day, there’s a lot to like in “The LEGO Batman Movie.” I still say that third act could have used some editing, but LEGO Batman is a worthy addition to Batman’s cinematic series, thanks to a great cast, and surprisingly meaningful storyline.
“The LEGO Batman Movie” score: B