The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Critic Consensus: The Lego Batman Movie continues its block-buster franchise's winning streak with another round of dizzyingly funny -- and beautifully animated -- family-friendly mayhem.
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as Batman/Bruce Wayne
as The Joker
as Robin/Dick Grayson
as Batgirl/ Barbara Gordon
as Alfred Pennyworth
as Mayor McCaskill
as Harley Quinn
as The Riddler
as Poison Ivy
as King Kong
as Green Lantern
as The Flash
as Jim Gordon
as Chief O'Hara
as Anchorman Phil
as Reporter Pippa
as Reporter #1
as Reporter #2
as Reporter #3
as Captain Dale
as Pilot Bill
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Critic Reviews for The Lego Batman Movie
The Lego Batman Movie works precisely because it knows audiences are sick of its hero. It's a reassessment, an intervention, an effort to try and remember what's fun about him.
The sequel of sorts... is not quite as good, but at its best, it has the same whiplash wit and inspired freneticism.
The thing about a sequel or a spinoff, even a mostly fun one like The LEGO Batman Movie, is that it's hard to recreate enthusiasm and inventiveness. What was once new is now, already, routine.
Overall, The Lego Batman Movie offers enough action and silliness to enthrall children while providing sufficient pop culture and Batman-through-the-years references to keep adults entertained.
Basically, it's a standard-issue Batman narrative - arguably better than 50 per cent of history's other Batman films - that just happens to take place in a Lego-fied world.
Audience Reviews for The Lego Batman Movie
Not as clever and neatly written as the original Lego Movie, but retains the same style of charm, humor and animation that made it great. The drama and emotion portrayed was all overly contrive though, it's just too mechanically written to make ends meet for Batman's character progression. This wouldn't be such a glaring fault if it were not pivotal to the story's plot. I hope this isn't an example of Lego movies to come, there are signs of lazy, formulaic production that squander the creative genius of the original. Without these comparisons Lego Batman is certainly acceptable family entertainment, but where do we draw the line and accept that this franchise is aiming to be good, when it could be great?
The Lego Batman Movie is first and foremost about the Caped Crusader. He's once again articulated by Will Arnett. His absurd rendition stands in stark contrast to the dark and brooding iterations of the cinematic adaptations since 1989. Nevertheless, his goofy performance ranks up there with the very best. It's a clever choice that his Arrested Development co-star Michael Cera voices Robin. The cast is spirited. Rosario Dawson is the new police commissioner, Barbara Gordon. Ralph Fiennes is Bruce Wayne's loyal butler. Zach Galifianakis is the Joker. Even Mariah Carey plays a character. The whole production is agreeable fun. If there's a quibble, it's that the story is merely a perfunctory excuse to make wisecracks. Even as the narrative sags in the 2nd half, the action continues to zoom forward in an increasingly eccentric fashion. It plays for 15 minutes too long. Still, there are enough left-field references and rapid-fire gags to entertain. In fact, it's tough to catch them all the first time around. I just might be willing to see it a second time. fastfilmreviews.com
Chris McKay directs alone, or does he, in The Lego Batman Movie. The 100 minute story speeds on through at a frenetic pace, without a whole lot of character build up. Vehicles are built, the phantom zone gets emptied, and villains are unleashed throughout the streets of Lego Gotham. There is enough to go around for kids and adults alike, with a positive message to go along with it. The Lego concept of the film works well, delivering amusing CG and colorful pieces, leaving an eye candy galore of a picture. The voice work deserves some praise with Will Arnett pulling off his Batman voice the entire time. Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, and Zack Galifianakis round out the major characters. The Lego Batman Movie is a successful example of a Batman story. Don't forget the password.
The Lego Batman Movie Quotes
|Batman/Bruce Wayne:||I saved the world again today. It was off the chain.|
|Alfred Pennyworth:||Sir... I've seen you go through similar phases in 2016 and 2012 and 2008 and 2005 and 1997 and 1995 and 1992 and 1989 and that weird one in 1966.|
|Batman/Bruce Wayne:||I have aged phenomenally.|
|Batman/Bruce Wayne:||Hey, Mom. Hey, Dad. I... I saved the city again today. I think you would've been really proud.|
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