Cert: U Runtime: 104 mins Director: Chris McKay Cast: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes, Rosario Dawson and Zach Galifianakis
Bruce Wayne lives in batman’s attic
The Lego Movie captiavted audiences young and old in 2014, as it became a commercial hit LEGO announced a Batman movie! For any fan of the LEGO movie Batman was a stand out cameo in the film, so I’m sure the world was ready for this! So what is The LEGO Batman Movie about? Self-regarding, gravel-voiced Bruce Wayne (Will Arnett) – aka Batman – remains the toast of Gotham City. But each night, he returns to the Batcave alone. His faithful manservant Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) suggests that this illustrious master builder and crime-fighter’s greatest fear is of being part of a family once more. The solution is to raise the orphan he adopted, Dick Grayson (Michael Cera), to become his superhero sidekick Robin. But the over-excited boy wonder proves quite a handful. Meanwhile, police commisioner Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson) wants Batman to join her law enforcement team just as highly-strung, self-styled greatest foe The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) rears his cackling head.
It’s definitely an enjoyable ride, and whilst I think it lacks in comparison to its predecessor, it stills thrusts us back into the universe that we came to revere in 2014. With an admirable cast of voice talent, and stunning animated visuals, ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ boasts undeniable creative talent, but does at times seem to be trying a little too hard to be funny, building off the reputation the initial film garnered. The writers also show both real love and real respect for the history of Batman, found a way to make the main villain (the Joker) really interesting, especially in his relationship with Batman, and is the first Batman movie to actually address the question of whether Batman is really a blessing for Gotham city or not, and what to do about it. Again it says quite a lot about the DC cinematic universe that a LEGO movie of all things would nail this.Finally, the movie is also both funny and clever. The movie unrolls as a spastic pace from the very beginning, and never lets up, same with the jokes, so I probably missed some, but the lamp shading and send- up of Batman within the Lego universe was really well done, while treating the subject very seriously and respectfully.