Let’s just say that the ads around L.A. It is hard to walk down any street in Hollywood without seeing a poster, overhead billboard, and also commercials all over TV advertising this film. With every glimpse made me even more excited to see this film. So you can say that my expectation is pretty high going in.
This specific Batman character which first appeared in The Lego Movie back in 2014 was sort of mocking the spirit of Batman always working alone, thinking he is the best at everything, and can do anything because….He’s Batman. Batman who is voiced by Will Arnett (BoJack Horseman, Arrested Development) stood out from the many characters of The Lego Movie and was given a spin-off movie of his own. In The Lego Batman Movie, they focus on the brooding and bluntly honest loner demeanor of Batman and his mission to never get attached to anyone because of his past of losing his parents. Even The Joker (Zack Galifianakis) can’t get The Batman to admit that they need each other to fulfill the thrill of crime and crime fighting respectively. This pushes The Joker into doing everything he can to become Batman’s number one nemesis.
I found this movie to be entertaining in the sense of how meta this movie is. Literally from the beginning you get a voice over of Batman describing the opening logos and credits to the film and how awesome Batman and this movie is. Throughout the film they remind you a lot of the history of batman from the TV shows, to the previous movies from all the directors visions. They packed this movie with lots of villains and heroes from DC. So for anyone who is a hardcore DC comics and/or Batman fans will really enjoy the plentiful easter eggs throughout the film from just the mention of the past movies down to one or two of the voices playing the characters. This movie did a great job by just having fun and not afraid to make fun of the characters. You get to see what it’s like to be Batman when he is not fighting crime and at home alone, with nothing to do. It’s pretty hilarious how he spends his free time. Aside from the nostalgic look in the past the humor was a little flat and to childlike. There was a bit in the middle of the movie that wasn’t as entertaining but still kept my attention.
The Lego Batman movie is full of color and visually stimulating. Even though Gotham is meant to be dark and gloomy, the film is bright and vibrant packed with lots of action. Most of the action scenes felt a little too cluttered that you sometimes couldn’t tell what was going on just like the Transformers movie action sequences were. Kudos to the animation work behind this film. The town of Gotham is huge and very detailed. Tons of characters to keep your entertained from the popular to old favorites. Great voice casting choices. Plus towards the last act of the film, you will get such a surprise in who appears it will make you feel like a kid again. I recommend this to any geek, parent, child, and superhero fan out there.