“The Lego Batman Movie” (2017)
Directed by Chris McKay
Starring Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis
Running Time 104 Minutes, Rated PG
3 Mitch’s out of 5
I went into this thinking of it more of the Lego movie brand rather than the Batman movie brand. The first Lego movie being a runaway success delivering a wildly funny joke-a-minute fervor that made ‘everything awesome’. One of the stand out characters was Will Arnett’s growling brosef’ Batman. So if you were Warner Bros. and you owned that property, why wouldn’t you make a stand alone film with one of the most profitable movie characters ever? You would and so would they, therefore, “The Lego Batman Movie”
As awesome as the original Lego movie? Not nearly, a lot of that has to do with the novelty of a Lego movie not having the same cache but the 5(!!!!) writers throw just as many jokes out as the first one, and they are funny. A whatever plot that deals with Zach Galifianakis’ passable Joker needing Arnett’s egocentric Batman to acknowledge that they are hetero lifemates almost 80 years in the making, while Batman needs to learn the lesson that he can’t do it all himself and should trust in Rosario Dawson’s Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, Ralph Fiennes dutiful British performance of Alfred Pennyworth, and Michael Cera’s exuberant performance as fellow orphan Dick Grayson/Robin.
I didn’t champion the Lego Batman as much as I did the original Lego, the story just didn’t hold my interest as much this time around. And while I appreciated all the deep pull Batman references that one could handle (Condiment King and Polka Dot Man) that couldn’t have played for most everyone else. Regardless, “Robot Chicken” director Chris McKay lets you in on a good time with characters you love, including other WB villains such as Voldemort, and has you giggle a plenty in between.