“Bana nana nana nana – BATMAN!” sings Lego Batman several times through out The Lego Batman Movie. That pretty much sums up the attitude of the film, actually. If you saw The Lego Movie, you have a little bit of an idea what to expect in terms of tone and visuals. The story is simple: We follow the metal-loving, gadget-wielding, fan-enchanting re-imagining of Batman who wants to be a superhero 24/7, and nothing else. He runs around saving Gotham, eating lobster thermidor, and refusing to go to bed in a determined attempt to avoid his own backstory.
This movie is not the story of Bruce Wayne moonlighting as Batman. It’s the story of Batman learning to be a person and then choosing to face his greatest fear. Lego Batman’s journey is that of the lone wolf who realizes he’s better with others, aided by the classic ensemble of young Robin, Barbara Gordon, Alfred, and, in some of the best scenes in the movie, The Joker.
Witty dialogue and “pew-pew” guns that harken back to the first Lego Movie punctuate the narrative. Those familiar with the Batman franchise – even casually – can expect plenty of jokes tailored to the Caped Crusader’s faithful fan base. Those less immersed in the mythology of the character might find themselves scratching their heads during some of the biggest laughs in the theater. But never fear! The story itself has enough wit and heart to keep even the most novice Batman consumer thoroughly entertained.
The style Lego has adopted seems to be picking up where the Shrek movies left off, leaning heavily on pop culture references and subtle adult jokes so smoothly executed that no kid would ever notice. Any audience member can be entertained by movies like these, and it certainly feels like a throwback to a bygone era when “kid movies” took both kids and parents seriously.
Appropriate for kids of all ages and inspiring in its incredible visuals, this family film can follow you home if you have a decent Lego collection. After all, master builders aren’t made overnight.
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