Disclosure. I didn’t love The LEGO Movie, everyone else in the world may have though. That being said, I didn’t really care to see this film. I like Batman and all the films associated with the Caped Crusader but this LEGO take on him didn’t really interest me. I watch everything though so I did check this out with low expectations. While its not as bad as I thought it was, I’m not really sold on the LEGO franchise films and don’t really anticipate to enjoy whatever future installments that may be planned for this series.
The film is a comedic take on Batman. He fights crime but is actually very lonely. He has no one to really share his life with despite being popular and having a cool mansion and cool gadgets. He adopts Robin (who is actually quite greatly voiced by Michael Cera), falls for Barbara Gordon, and has to face his arch-nemesis, The Joker. You get a bevy of other Batman characters and villains, and oddly enough you also get villains from other franchises like Voldemort and Sauron. If you are a fan of LEGO and the first film, you may feel like you’re in heaven watching this.
The film is similarly animated to The LEGO Movie and carries on being gag heavy. While I appreciated some of the jokes, there is just too many and they come at you too fast. You have to keep up with everything. I appreciated some of the witty references though. It’s a light hearted take on a franchise that is notoriously dark (apart from whatever Schumacher was going for with his films). I did think the relationship and interactions between the Joker and Batman were pretty great.
The film runs out of steam about halfway through and its hard to keep reacting to what is going on in the film. Its not a bad film really but I just can’t see myself coming back to this film again or being optimistic about any other LEGO based movies (I just know there are many more to come; the LEGO cinematic universe is upon us). I think the film offers a really good voice cast who all shine through in their voice performances. Its just that this wasn’t a memorable experience for me.