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When The Lego Movie came out in 2014, it did not take long for me to fall in love with it. From its clever jokes, to brilliant animation, to the likeable nature of it in general I was very happy. Then when the studio announced it would be continuing the series but this time focusing on one of the side characters Batman, I was cautiously optimistic. I had no idea if they could pull of what they did with the first film. Luckily The Lego Batman movie was fun and I think one of the better family films to come out this year.
After years of fighting crime in the city of gotham (since the 1960s), Batman (Will Arnett) once again must save the day from the crazy villain the Joker (Zach Galifianakis). But after Batman tells Joker that he is not Batman’s greatest enemy, Joker wonders why he keeps fighting Batman at all. After saving the day, Batman is celebrated by the people and appears to be very happy. But when he returns to his home at Wayne Manor he is faced with the reality that he is still alone. Alfred, his Butler, tells him that he should consider starting a family of his own so he might not be so alone anymore. Then through a comedy of errors, Batman adopts a young orphan named Dick Grayson (Michael Cera) who will become the famous sidekick Robin. Now Batman and his new partner must learn what the Joker is now up to and try to stop him.
I think the most refreshing thing about this film is its light-hearted nature. This is easily the most happy and silly Batman story I have seen in awhile. The movie never takes itself too seriously and the whole film makes fun of the tropes that Batman has developed over the years. They even managed to make one of the scariest characters in comic book history, The Joker, not only likeable but almost cute and loveable. Normally my inner comic book geek would come out and I would say “How dare they change such a perfect character as the Joker!” But being that this is the LEGO Batman movie, it was easy for me to accept these choices because it allowed the movie to be goofy and fun and not edgy or grim as other Batman stories. Another great aspect of the film was the animation. When I first saw The Lego Movie, I truly believed that it was done in stop-mode animation, and was completely floored to learn that it was digital. This film is no different, the detail of the world and the characters is fantastic. Everything looks like it could really be there and nothing gives away that it is done with computers. If I had one complaint it would be that in the Lego Movie, they got many licenses so that they could have many characters that parents and children will recognize and get excited about, ranging from Gandalf to the teenage mutant ninja turtles. In the Lego Batman Movie, while they do have practically all the Batman characters possible, they did not get many other licenses other than that. It wouldn’t matter except there is a scene where we are supposed to see, “All of the greatest villains known to man” which unfortunately only consisted of a few well known villains. It would have been nice to see villains from all different parts of literature and film. But as far as complaints go, it is minor in comparison to the positives.
The Lego Batman Movie is all around a fun experience. I am glad I saw it and would be happy to see it again. This film is perfect for all ages. Anyone who knows and loves Batman will enjoy this just as much as someone who knows nothing. I give The Lego Batman Movie a 4/5
Here is a special drink we made to go along with this movie — enjoy!