Director: Chris McKay
Cast: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes
Age Restriction: PG
Runtime: 1hr 45min
Release date: 10 February 2017
Following the massive success of The Lego Movie back in 2014, Warner Bros. sought the divide and conquer route with this franchise. Not only are we getting a sequel (set for release in 2019), but also two spin-off films.
The first of the spin-offs is none other than The Lego Batman Movie – the film we're reviewing –while The Lego Ninjago Movie is set punch its way into cinemas later this year.
The Lego version of Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) was one of the many standouts from The Lego Movie; so the character getting his very own spin-off doesn't come as much of a surprise.
The Lego Batman Movie follows the titular character who is forced to learn how to work with others and acknowledge his loneliness in order to save Gotham City from The Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) master plan.
While my explanation of the plot may make the film seem rather simplistic; this is definitely not the case as The Lego Batman boasts a strong story that ventures down unexpected territory.
What makes the film ultimately surprising is its thought-provoking themes which covers questions about the Dark Knight that have never been used in a Batman film before.
The excellent character development also helps the spin-off film steer clear from simplicity, and instead delivers a multi-layered animated adventure.
Like its predecessor, the spin-off features sharp and witty dialogue that will have audiences in stitches, along with some references from the Caped Crusader's past iterations.
What's more is that the film mocks itself and even pokes fun at various DC Comics films, particularly the divisive Suicide Squad.
The voice cast turn in excellent performances, with Arnett in particular the standout star of the show.
With colourful set-pieces and eye-catching action sequences, The Lego Batman Movie has some talented animators on board who ensure that the animation is top notch.
However; while the film boasts some strong highlights, it ultimately fails to surpass or even match the original.
The film's biggest flaw is that it has way too much going on, resulting in an overstuffed plot that goes all over the place.
While the film's humour is hilarious; it's not as funny as the original which had more innovation, due to the fact that the latter started a comedic trend.
A strong plot, witty humour and thought-provoking themes make The Lego Batman Movie worth seeing despite not matching the levels of its predecessor.