The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman Movie

Directed By Chris Mckay- 2017 

Lego Batman is a nice follow up to the immensely popular Lego franchise that has made a cross over into film by paying tribute to the legacy of its subjected themes. The ever growing success of the Batman franchise is given a heavy dose of nostalgia that brings fourth a quite funny and ultimately satisfying experience. 

Will Arnett brilliantly voices and mocks both Batman/ Bruce Wayne perfectly.  He is supported by comedian Zach Galifinakis voicing The Joker, Michael Cera voicing Robin, Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon. and Ralph Fiennes voicing Alfred. Together they play off each other wonderfully, enhancing a delightful animated film packed with heartfelt humor.  From breaking the fourth wall to even poking fun at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Lego Batman Movie jumps into the comedic fray by building upon narrative rules established in its predecessor, The Lego Movie.

The story focuses on Batman wallowing in loneliness and wishing he had a family. He selfishly cuts away his ties to both friends and foe, doubling down on his loner persona. The Joker then designs a scheme to gain Batman's respect that summons all manner of iconic villains, putting plastic Gotham into peril.

The CGI is a little clunky at times and some of the jokes repeat themselves making the final act tiresome. Legend Billy Dee Williams portrays Two-Face and he is regrettably wasted, while Arnett's Batman voice does grow to be overbearing as the story progresses.  Despite these flaws, the film is filled with some genuinely funny gags and creative visuals that make the majority of the film enjoyable.

☆☆☆

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