The Lego Batman Movie Review: Bored of the Bat?? Not just yet!

Written by Steve Nicholls.

These days it seems you just can’t get away from Batman; much like the crooks of Gotham City, every way you turn the Dark Knight is right there in your face. Since Batman Begins was released in 2005 we’ve been swamped by Batman films, TV shows, games and animated shows.

You could certainly be forgiven if you’d finally had enough of Batman, especially if you sat through the recent DC Extended Universe films, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, both of which took themselves far too seriously; and although I didn’t think they were as bad as some reviews had made out, they weren’t exactly enjoyable to sit through either.

I’m happy to report, however, that The Lego Batman Movie is the complete opposite to those two misfires. It doesn’t take itself seriously and is full of plenty of laughs for both children and adults alike. It gives a nod to older Batman films, the original Adam West TV series and even takes a joking swipe at the success of the Marvel film franchises by having the password to the Batcave as ‘Iron Man Sucks’.

The premise of the film has Batman (Will Arnett) going up against The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) despite refusing to acknowledge that the Clown Prince of Crime is his arch-enemy. All while trying to raise a child after he accidentally adopts a young Dick Grayson (Michael Cera). The opening 30 minutes is by far the best of the film as jokes and action are both in abundance. The film does dip in the middle as Batman retreats to his mansion and Batcave before the action starts up again with some intriguing cameos from enemies such as Daleks and Voldemort (I won’t reveal how these come about!).

Truth be told, with such a rich universe to explore, it’s a little disappointing that we’re again revisiting the Batman v Joker storyline and the film is slightly too long. However, the film has a great story and an incredible cast with stars such as Ralph Fiennes; Rosario Dawson; Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill all getting involved which helps to flesh out the film and make it feel more than just an animated short that’s been extended for a feature length special.

For me, this is by far the best Batman movie since the days of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. It’s even better than the still-funny original Lego movie. Much like a lot of the Disney/Pixar films, there’s plenty to love for both adults and children and The Lego Batman Movie will keep everybody entertained. I highly recommend that you see it and personally can’t wait for the next film in the Lego Movie series: The Lego Ninjago Movie which is already looking hilarious.

Pros

  • Funny
  • Great story and cast
  • Great for kids and adults
  • Best Batman Film for a long time

Cons

  • Slightly too long
  • Dips in the middle
  • Yet another Batman vs Joker film

8/10

Written by Steve Nicholls.

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