Welcome to another “Too Cheap for Theaters” movie review because movie theaters are too expensive. Seriously, they are. It’s just easier to watch movies when they come out. On this edition, it’s time to talk about “The Lego Batman Movie.”
“The Lego Batman Movie” is the spin-off of the highly successful “The Lego Movie.” The movie features Batman trying to save Gotham City from the usual cast of villains you would expect to find in the Batman universe. Joker is set to prove to Batman that once and for all that he is Batman’s greatest villain while Batman tries to learn that he can’t do everything alone. The story of this movie is actually extremely well done and thought out. The sad part is that “The Lego Batman Movie” was a way better movie than “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” “Batman v Superman” had a way bigger budget and just had a larger over product, which is what makes it sad. This is a movie that no one really expected to be good/great and geared towards children is a better movie than something that is in the DC Extended Universe. I also really liked how it switched and made the Batman and Robin back story their own. Batman accidentally adopts Dick Grayson at a gala and it’s pretty much hilarious. Lego really made Batman their own while staying true to the character in the DC universe.
The characters are all extremely likable and all had a lot of good character development throughout the movie. You want them to succeed and be happy, including the villains. The voices for the characters are great, especially for Batman, Alfred, and Joker. They are close to the ones we have all come to associate with the characters due to the popularity of “Batman: The Animated Series” and other DC animated movies that used them. My biggest complaint with the voiceovers was with Harley Quinn. At times, it felt like they were going to keep it close to who she sounded in “Batman: The Animated Series,” and then it was a totally different accent. I really wish they would just stick with one and stuck with it. It was just off-putting, especially since Harley played more of a major role than the other Batman villains. The only character that took me a while to get used to was Dick Grayson. He was adorable and annoying at the same time. It wasn’t until the middle of the movie that I started to like him.
The humor in the movie was rather good. There was a lot of adult jokes that you could tell Children wouldn’t get but they weren’t in bad taste. Like there was a lot of Batman and Joker getting into a relationship with arguments about being in a relationship that children wouldn’t understand. They also poked fun at all past incarnations of Batman in the media. Every time they poked fun, it was hilarious. The movie didn’t take itself too seriously which was great because you just had a great time watching it. While Batman is usually a more serious character, they managed to keep him serious but also not make him too seriously for the movie.
I only wish that they had more of the other DC heroes in the film. I get that the main focus is on Batman but it would have nice to see more of the heroes in this universe. They are featured in the movie but not enough to really see what they are like. Also, I want Stephen Amell to play Green Arrow in any Lego adaptation that will feature him. If you have not heard him play the Lego version of his character from “Arrow,” do yourself a favor and YouTube the following: “Lego Batman 3 Arrow DLC.” It’s so funny because he’s still serious but also doing it in a comedic way.
“The Lego Batman Movie” is a great time to watch whether you are a casual fan of the DC Universe or a hardcore fan. It takes a serious character and pretty much makes him funny without killing what everyone loves about Batman. I highly recommend this movie if you are just looking to have a great time. And yes, it’s a Lego movie but you can enjoy this movie at any age. This movie is probably the best Batman movie since the Dark Knight Trilogy.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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