The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)
Directed by Chris McKay
Written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, John Whittington
Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis, Jenny Slate
Bruce Wayne (Arnett) is always on the lookout for criminals in Gotham City. While trying to thwart their newest plan, Wayne discovers that he accidentally adopted a teenager (Cera) who desperately wants to be his sidekick.
This movie comes as a followup to the 2014 hit, The Lego Movie. Chris McKay had served as editor to that film and returns to the franchise as director. The screenplay was written by Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows), Chris McKenna (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Erik Sommers (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Jared Stern (The LEGO Ninjago Movie), and John Whittington (When We First Met). The cast of this one includes Will Arnett (Ratatouille), Michael Cera (Molly’s Game), Rosario Dawson (Unstoppable), Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Zach Galifianakis (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)), and Jenny Slate (Gifted).
This is a story that takes the comic book characters from DC and combines them with a lot of humor. The team of writers did a very good job blending in the well-known characters with a number of unique twists and character traits. The plot is simple but entertaining, and the dialogue is just a lot of fun. This one also uses a lot of material designed to appeal to children and adults. This multi-leveled writing is always nice to see, especially when it’s done with this much skill. There are some cheap laughs throughout the movie, but it’s a very good story overall.
The voice actors did great work in this one. Will Arnett voiced Batman in The Lego Movie, making it a standout performance in a very good movie. He is equally good in this one, making every punchline work perfectly. He also connects nicely with the rest of the cast. Michael Cera is equally good, playing the wide-eyed Dick Grayson. Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis, and Jenny Slate add great work of their own. A large part of the success of this one comes from the comedic timing and delivery of the cast. Their work really makes this one fun.
This movie looks really good. The animation creates a unique world using the mechanics and physical properties of Legos. The film is nicely edited and moves at a great pace. There isn’t much else to say about this one. The production work is the final piece to a very good movie. Fans of The Lego Movie need to see this one. This is a good one for families to enjoy together. I would also suggest this to fans of the many stars who voiced the characters. I give this one 4.5 out of 5 stars.