Title: The LEGO Batman Movie
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Chris McKay
Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson
Runtime: 1 hr 44 mins
What It Is: After stealing the show in The LEGO Movie The Dark Knight returns to Gotham. Batman (Arnett) continues to beat his villains with the glee of a schoolboy. As Jim Gordon (Hector Elizondo) is set to retire he is handing over the reins to his daughter Barbara (Dawson) who has a very different approach to dealing with the criminals of Gotham. Where Jim would shine the Bat signal and let the masked vigilante take care of it Barbara has a different approach. Meanwhile, The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) is bound and determined to prove he the yin to Batman’s yang. Lastly Batman, not paying attention accidently adopts an orphan named Dick Greyson (Cera).
What We Think: What a hilarious film! Not only is there so much to like here from a narrative standpoint but the breakneck speed with which The LEGO Movie moved along is evident here as well. Seriously blink and you might miss a joke or two that happens in the background. Arnett kills it again as Batman which given his previous performance is no surprise. Here’s the thing though Michael Cera absolutely steals the movie from Arnett. Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna wrote this and what they write moves the film along fantastically. They add a depth of character to their caped crusader that was not previously there.
Our Grades: A-, This is a must see especially for anyone who enjoyed the previous film. Arnett continues to slay and the new characters seem to make themselves at home perfectly. I cannot recommend this film any higher. It is still playing in a theatre near you (sorry for the late review) so check it out whenever you can. I promise you you will not regret this. I say this especially if you enjoyed The LEGO Movie.