The Lego Batman Movie
Runtime: 1 hour 44 minutes
Budget: Estimated to be $80 million
Lego Batman. It sounds like a straight to DVD type of movie at first. Once you get past all that, you might notice it got decent ratings. Having watched it, I can say it’s definitely not the garbage you wouldn’t even buy from the Walmart bargain bin. However, this spin-off doesn’t match up to the Lego Movie back in 2014.
The excellence of the animation was evident from the beginning, revealing the effort invested into the film.
The movie was extremely genre-savvy, leading to a lot of superhero-related gags. Many of their jokes were derived directly from past Batman movies. The easiest way to sum up the movie: Batman parody in Lego form. Despite that, they manage to have lots of Lego-related and general humor.
The humor remains smart and creative as with the first, but the life lessons are a little too heavy-handed. The frequency of the Power of Friendship refrain dragged the film to a crawl at certain points leaving an unevenly paced, preachy movie. The whole friends conquer all angle really drags this more into the kid’s only territory. That it ended with a typical corny song and dance credit scene.
It’s not a horrible watch by any means, but definitely expected something more balanced to a general audience like many Pixar movies…or, you know, the first Lego movie.
I wanted to make some jokes, but this movie had enough. It’s almost been a month since I’ve watched it and I revisited this page hoping to post it soon only to find myself still measuring my disappointment.