In an age of grotesquely overblown blockbusters, there's something fun about doing their maximalism on a miniature scale, of making all the explosions a rain of tiny plastic blocks. Don't all action films, if done right, feel like children at play? But this is also the sort of movie whose brand of cleverness I resent. Is pastiche, tribute, and self-parody the best we can do? How about building some myths of our own?
A fun family film that is enjoyable for both the tikes and even the most casual Batman fan. Sending up the entire history of the caped crusader with tongue firmly in cheek the film revels in its characterizations and casting. Voice casting is quite good especially Arnett and Cera. The only complaint would be it seems overlong and begins to drag at points; tighter editing would have been a bonus.
Kinda crazy when you consider that this is the best DC movie in long time (well, actually not that long if you enjoyed 'Man of Steel' which I did). Fun and really clever, it's a great homage to the character but has the same problem of the first Lego movie : doesn't know when to end, and that really screws the pacing. Chris McKay, this is just a minor grip but give us some time to breath between the jokes!
I can forgive the film's constant manic sensibilities, yet again, because so few films are this breakneck in pacing and writing yet still so consistently entertaining. The Lego Batman Movie goes a mile a minute and still brings the laughs, but if only it could slow down enough to show how really detailed and immaculate that animation and scenery is. Such a gorgeous film should milk every establishing shot possible.
I was not surprised by how satisfying a family film it was, as it retains all of the energy, smart writing and multi-age appeal of the original. What I WAS surprised by was how good it was as an actual Batman film. Clearly made by people who great knowledge of and fondness for the Batman universe, it manages to be effectively hilarious parody while still honoring the source material's appeal and legacy.
In a year with a Justice League, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man film all coming out this was by far the superhero film that I was the most excited about. This is a delightful, irreverent kids film that might be even more fun for adults! Arnett's Batman is a stroke of genius. However, at 1 hour and 44 mins this film feels just a bit too long. If they cut it down to a solid 90 minutes it'd feel a lot tighter.
Boy, was this fun. Best Batman movie since The Dark Knight Rises. It totally outstays its welcome, but I still had a blast knowing all the fun facts and geeking out over the details while laughing out loud at all the gags. Children and true Batman fans will have the most fun. All others need not apply.