Is everything still awesome in the Lego Cinematic Universe? (Yeah that’s what I’m calling it). The answer is: YES! The Lego Batman Movie, directed by Chris McKay (known for his work on Robot Chicken), is a spinoff movie based on the DC’s own Batman (the guy who built DC as Mr. Batman hilariously states in the movie) in Lego form. Batman is trying to find himself and learn the importance of teamwork and friendship in the hopes of saving Gotham City from a hostile takeover set by The Joker. Will Arnett reprises his role as the caped crusader and joining him is Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, Michael Cera as Robin / Dick Grayson, Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon / Batgirl, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, and many more awesome voice cameos.
Right off the bat, the humor is so balanced for adults (Robin: My name is Richard Grayson but people at the orphanage call me Dick. Batman: Children can be ao cruel) and children (gun making noises phew phew phew). The animation is ridiculously solid. Director Chris McKay was also the animation director, every scene was well done. I know Michael Cera hasn’t really done anything recently but he may have a perfect opportunity with voice acting. His take on Robin was hilarious and made me go AWWWWW way too many times! His chemistry with Will Arnett’s Batman worked so well. The chemistry between the cast was great as well and it was full of surprises. It was definitely funnier than The Lego Movie and the opening ten minutes is worth the ticket. I’m pretty sure some of the inside jokes passed me by. There are brief cameos for almost every supervillain and superhero in DC Comics and some villains from Warner Brothers history. Some I recognized, others I didn’t. While the characters were all awesome, I’m kinda disappointed at how underused Batgirl was. But I’m hoping she will be better used in the eventual sequel.
Overall, The Lego Batman Movie was freaking awesome. Really funny, the theater was cracking up the whole time.There is also moments in the movie where I felt the FEELS. Some of my favorite parts where Batman would take several self-aware shots at BvS and SS, and every Batman interpretation ever, with a bunch cameos from other DC/WB characters, and one “shot” at their competition! It has basically every Batman villain that an average Batman fan could think of. A ton of really good voice talent. What a great start for DC and let’s hope it rides this huge momentum for the other DC projects! I’ll definitely be seeing this opening weekend again!
SUPERSAM RATING: 5/5.