Directed by | Chris McKay
Produced by | Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Story by | Seth Grahame-Smith
Screenplay by | Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, John Whittington
Starring | Will Arnett, Zach Galilfianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes
Run Time | 104 mins
Certificate | U
Plot | When Batman (Arnett) refuses to acknowledge Joker (Galifianakis) as he arch-nemesis, the latter concocts a fiendish plan to conquer Gotham City once and for all.
Review | The Lego Batman Movie is the first of two confirmed spin-offs from the super successful 2014 hit The Lego Movie (The Lego Ninjago Movie, starring Jackie Chan and Olivia Munn, drops later this year).
Being a kids film, The Lego Batman Movie eschews the grimdark vibe of it’s adult cousins in favour of lego based zanery, substituting ‘bat’ for ‘butt’ jokes and pushing the underlying theme of how being part of a team is better than flying solo.
So, a little more straightforward than it’s predecessor. The Lego Batman Movie is nonetheless a fun 100+ minutes of comic book capery. The jokes hit more than they miss, and there’s absolutely loads of references for adults to try and spot – whether it be nods to other Batman franchise films (Dawn of Justice, for example) or just to science fiction in general (there’s a nice Back to the Future riff involving a shark that’s a real ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ moment).
Adults may find the jokes a little too sporadic for The Lego Batman Movie to be considered part of the elite animations from recent years (Kubo & The Two Strings and Inside Out, for example). Still, it is a good lark and it’s a fun ride.
The Verdict | The Lego Batman Movie is a fun kids movie with plenty of in-jokes and references for adults to enjoy.
3.5 / 5