‘The Lego Batman Movie’ (2017, U)

Is ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ batacular or the one thing in the LEGO world that isn’t awesome?

Batman is a narcissistic vigilante alter-ego of billionaire Bruce Wayne (Will Arnett), stopping all crime in Gotham and virtually worshipped by the city’s citizens. But, after accidentally adopting a young child named Richard Grayson (Michael Cera), he has to discover what its like to be in a family — in the most hilarious of ways!

Although I liked 2014’s ‘The Lego Movie’, I was was not completely in love with it. ‘The Lego Batman Movie’, however, has got to be one of the best comedy children’s films I’ve seen for a long time now. The humour is non-stop; right from the get-go, there’s quips and phrases to keep you laughing. The thing I most enjoyed is that it’s not all crude humour which might make a five-year-old laugh, there are parts that everyone will find funny, including some more subtle jokes for close listeners and hardcore Batman fans.

I think the strongest part of this film has to be its opening; it sets the tone for the entire film and is where, I think, the majority of good humour was. The first twenty minutes were the funniest as it’s a fast-paced scene with lots of funny dialogue and scenes.

The film begins to slow down in the second act, however, it is still entertaining as it is full of humour similar to that in the opening. I felt that the ending, though, was a bit too long and would definitely challenge the attention span of some as the humour grew less and less and what was left of it wasn’t as funny as some of the gags at the beginning of the film.

One think that did astonish me with this film is the animation. It’s hard to believe in some of the more complex scenes that it was all created using LEGO with only small amounts of CGI.

Overall ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ is a strong sequel to ‘The Lego Movie’ with good humour and amazing animation. However, an ending that I feel is too long means that the film only gets eight-out-of-ten.

8/10.

 

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