The LEGO Batman Movie is a spin-off from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s hugely entertaining (and successful) The LEGO Movie with Batman getting a chance in the limelight.
The LEGO Batman Movie is a surprise. Not because it’s so good but because it’s literally one of the best films about the eponymous hero ever made. And yes, I’ve seen Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.
Taking over the reins from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, The LEGO Movie’s animation co-director Chris McKay gets to flex his muscles at the helm and showcases a genuine ability to bring heart, humour, inventiveness and enthusiasm to the table in a delightful adventure story set within the LEGO world.
Bursting at the seams with gags, The LEGO Batman Movie rarely, if ever, misses with its comedy. It’s imaginative, topical, self-deprecating and self-referential; it’s the sort of good-hearted, well-meaning, innocent comedy that works whether you’re six or sixty.
The LEGO Batman Movie arrives at a time when DC needs a pick-me-up. With Suicide Squad failing to deliver on those high expectations and Batman v Superman boring us all to death, this family comedy injects the mojo back into the comic book publisher’s prized superhero.
And yet, despite being aimed at a younger audience, the film has a bleeding heart that’ll move more discerning viewers, especially Batman’s inherent loneliness, while giving The LEGO Batman Movie glorious subtext that elevates it to the league Pixar has dominated for years.
In this spin-off from the immensely popular The LEGO Movie, Batman gets his own “show” as The Joker decides to attempt world domination by amassing as many super villains as DC is willing to sanction the appearance of. Complicating matters is the revelation that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to join him in his crime-fighting adventures.
Will Arnett, as brilliant as ever, is back in the role of Batman with a cast of superstars joining him including Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, Michael Cera as Robin, and…erm… Eddie Izzard as Lord Voldemort!
Witty and smart, affectionate of the tropes that define its existence and satirically on the money, The LEGO Batman Movie is a delicious adventure. It might not have the super-fresh vitality exhibited by The LEGO Movie by virtue of it being the “first one”, but it still has plenty of gas in the tank. In fact, I’d say this movie is funnier than its predecessor.
Written by Rory Fish
Top 10 Films reviewed The LEGO Batman Movie on Blu-ray courtesy of Warner Bros which released it on Blu-ray™ and DVD on June 19