The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

“messy toybox madness”

Directed by Chris McKay
Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes

LEGO Batman does well to balance an effective story with universe-blending antics, though the speed at which things unfold is too quick. We open with a chase of cataclysmic proportions and a register of established villains, meaning everything afterwards struggles to up the ante. Too often every tool from the Bat-universe is thrown together and the action can feel hollow. The jokes and performances are still fun, and there’s more Bruce Wayne character development here than in any previous movie, but when the things are meant to run, they sprint, and when they should walk, they feel like a standstill.

Robin: My name’s Richard Grayson, but all the kids at the orphanage call me Dick.

Batman: Well, children can be cruel.

Further Reading:
David Betancourt’s ‘The Lego Batman Movie is all fun with none of the standard Dark Knight drama’ posted February 9th available from Washington Post here

Max Covill’s ‘Lego Batman Answers the Call for Quality Family Entertainment’ available from Film School Rejects here

What do you think of The LEGO Batman Movie? Leave a comment below!

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