Lego has become one of the biggest brands in history. From toys to video games to animated shorts; everything related to Lego has been successful. Of course it was just a matter of time before the toys appeared in feature length movies as well.
When The Lego Movie hit in 2014, it was an instant classic. It was easily one of the most well received animated films outside of the Disney franchises. It didn’t take long for a sequel to get green-lit, but knowing they had a good thing on their hands, the studio also decided to make a spin-off focused on one of the popular characters from the movie – Batman.
The Lego version of the popular DC superhero isn’t the typical Batman you normally see on screen. While still a hero, the Lego-ized Dark Knight is really just a big goof. When he’s not saving Gotham, he’s chilling in the Batcave eating lobster. The only thing missing from his life is family, but he pushes everyone away so no one can get close to him. He can’t even admit that The Joker is his greatest enemy because this would mean that someone was important to him. Then, one night, he accidentally adopts a young orphan and things begin to change.
Will Arnett makes his animated Batman one of the better variations of the character, even though it is played more for laughs than anything. When it comes to playing cocky smart-asses, he really is leader of the pack. Zach Galifianakis is also great as The Joker. Honestly, the whole voice cast is great.
I can say without hesitation that I liked The Lego Batman Movie more than the original. I definitely laughed more. The theater was jammed with children when I watched it, and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen kids more excited in my life. I highly recommend taking your wee ones to see it or, if childless, see it on your own. It is a great way to spend 90 minutes.
My Rating: A