If it lacks the novelty of The Lego Movie and the jokes are slightly more
hit and miss, The Lego Batman Movie has more than enough fun and energy to
compensate, with its relentless scattergun approach ensuring that for every
gag that doesn't land there's plenty more that do. Plus there's enough
detail whizzing by in the background that you'll still probably want a
second viewing to try and catch it all.
It's gleeful mining and gentle fun-poking of the previous screen
incarnations of the Dark Knight is particularly delightful with special
loving attention pa*d to the camp Adam West era. Whilst almost no stone is
left unturned when it comes to dredging up all the villainy of Batman's
past with some other iconic bad guys thrown in for good measure.
Will Arnett's narcissistic and immature loner interpretation of the Caped
Crusader is still as enjoyable second time round with the welcome addition
of Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes and Jenny
Slate as Robin, The Joker, Barbara Gordon, Alfred and Harley Quinn.The
amusing subversion of traditional romantic comedy plotting in the
relationship between Batman and The Joker (will Batman be able to
acknowledge his greatest enemy and finally say 'I hate you'?) is
particularly hilarious thanks to Arnett and Galifianakis.
It's this great vocal cast and some busy and incredibly detailed action set
pieces that help paper over some of the cracks of an occasionally
Perhaps the lack of Lord and Miller in both a writing and directing
capacity also accounts for it not being quite as awesome as the previous
movie but that film's animation director and Robot Chicken
director/producer Chris McKay and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies/Abraham
Lincoln Vampire Hunter writer Seth Grahame-Smith do a solid job of picking
up the Danish brick baton.