Every hero needs a good old-fashioned villain…
I have to admit that I was less than thrilled when I heard that this movie was in the works. I am not a big fan of The Lego Movie, definitely not after my brothers watched it eight million times and sang the song (The Song That Must Not Be Named For the Sake of Our Sanity) at every opportunity. So when I was asked if I wanted to go to the theater to see The Lego Batman Movie, I politely gave it a pass
and then regretted that action later.
My brothers came home giggling and quoting the movie (“No spoilers!” I snapped, because I am a person of principal). Apparently it was pretty good. I’m not really a DC person, but I saw people online really loving on this film, and I’ve seen Batman Begins, and (more recently) have been binge-watching The Flash on Netflix, so I thought, “Why not. I’ll give it a shot when it comes out on DVD, or whatever the cool kids are watching new movies on these days (Amazon Instant Video? Hulu? What?)”
Which, as you can see, is just what ended up happening.
The Lego Batman Movie is not mindblowingly amazing. It’s cute. It’s funny. It’s a kid’s movie with (surprisingly enough) a lot of heart, and a lot of laughs, and a lot of in-jokes to longtime Batman fans, most of which I’m sure I did not catch or fully appreciate. It’s the story of Batman, a hero with no family who only works alone, and his unlikely adoption of a young boy sidekick called Robin, and how they save the world. Pretty straightforward, but there’s also this extraordinarily (to my mind) hilarious side story with the Joker, who only want’s Batman to acknowledge him as his ‘very worst enemy’. Joker goes to all the trouble to try and destroy Gotham (*GASP* huge spoiler, I know) in order to get Batman to admit his true feelings say “I hate you” to him. It’s wonderfully funny, but you’ll have to watch the movie yourself to appreciate this story arc fully.
In the end, I think I’ll give Lego a thumbs up on this one. No aggravatingly catchy and annoying songs, and a heartfelt story about letting friends and family into your life? Count me in!
Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Content note: This is a kids movie, which means (at least in this crazy world of ours) that there is bound to be at least a little crude (bathroom) humor in the film. Crude humor like this really ticks me off, and although there was certainly far less in this film than in other ‘kids’ movies I’ve seen, I just thought I should let you know that it is there.
Thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed my review. Have you seen The Lego Batman Movie? What did you think? Did you enjoy it, or did you like the original Lego Movie better? Let me know in the comments!