The Lego Movie took on ideas outside of play, opening up a whole new world. The Lego Batman Movie crams everything into the sandbox instead.
3 years ago, we were introduced to one of the most unsuspecting animated movies of all time. The Lego Movie blew critics and its audience away with a delightful, energetic turn on the world’s most popular toy.
What came out of this was great characters, particularly Batman, and the licence to play with their personalities that made them popular. Hugely exaggerated, these figures created their own universe and because it’s not the official line they live by day to day, it’s taken for what it is not what it should be: It’s bit of fun.
The Lego Batman movie is no different. This time based in Gotham City, Batman (Will Arnett) is a lone warrior. He fights alone and he lives alone, bar Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) his butler. It’s only when he begins to look after his adopted son Dick Greyson (Michael Cera), does he realise there is more to life than just fighting alone and being alone.
The film is hilarity epitomised. Endless quotes and jokes for everyone, over and over the film churns out gag after gag and it is genuinely brilliant. The storyline holds up to the quality of the animation, and doesn’t just stick to Gotham City, it branches out to a much wider range of cultural references effortlessly.
The Lego Movie took on ideas outside of play, opening up a whole new world. The Lego Batman Movie crams everything into the sandbox instead. The Batman lore included is ripe and even goes further than the Arkham Asylum video games which are known for delving deep into Batman’s history. Nothing is left out.
Will Arnett is once again brilliant as Lego Batman and Michael Cera puts in a hilarious shift as Dick Greyson. Each performance is overblown enough to be engaging but not enough to make it seem silly. At no point does the film feel stupid or childish, which is an impressive feat considering it’s based upon the life of a plastic figure of a well known fictional super hero.
The film is funny, it shows us how immersive the Batman universe can be and it is explosive to watch. With the animation coming alive and the storyline bouncing along, The Lego Batman Movie is an absolute rout.