Will Arnett's Batman was my favorite part of the original, "The Lego Movie", so I was interested in seeing the spin-off. Still, I waited until a Tuesday afternoon so that I could see it without distractions. Ultimately, I think that it was a good, but not amazing film.
The story of the film is interesting. It takes a more emotional perspective to the character of Batman, going even deeper than just his usual backstory of his parents getting killed. It is a good blend of the mythology from "The Lego Movie" and DC mythology. The film shows some blatant disregard to DC mythology at times, but it is often for humor, and the references made to the DC universe are quite funny. I had heard from others that the laughs are almost nonstop, and I wouldn't go quite that far. Yes, there is a good incorporation of more "adult" humor that will go over the heads of children and none of the jokes ever really fall flat, but most made me smirk rather than laugh out loud (although there was a decent amount of those too). My biggest issue was that the film could not avoid the sappiness and cheesiness that weighed down "The Lego Movie". For example, Robin's song is overly silly and cheesy. There are other things like that sprinkled throughout that were a bit annoying.
The animation is done very well in the film. I thought the sound effects were funny, especially how characters would say "pew" when shooting. Will Arnett is obviously very funny as Batman, and Michael Cera is also very good as Robin. The major weak link in the cast to me was Zach Galifianakis, who I may just be getting tired of. I don't think that he fit the role well, and I ended up being more annoyed by him than I did laugh.
Overall, I definitely think that "The Lego Batman Movie" was good, but it had some moments that were overly cheesy. Still, it will provide fun entertainment for DC fans and families alike.
The Lego Batman Movie
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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