Finally made it on a Monday!
As a mom, I don’t get to watch “adult” movies(i.e., movies that can’t be watched with children under ten) very often. That’s why most of what I review here are children’s movies: it’s most of what I get to watch, other than Marvel movies on the occasion they come out. I’ll eventually review Doctor Strange and Fantastic Beasts, both of which I saw over the past two months, but tonight I’ll be reviewing the newest blockbuster to hit theaters:
“There are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.”
Seriously, that was ALL they had. Sorry guys.
First off, let me just say that this movie had me laughing out loud within the first two minutes. and kept me laughing throughout the whole movie. It’s rare that a movie makes me laugh as hard as this one did, and for that it gets a favorable rating in my book. 🙂
And it’s a BIG however.
It’s trying waaaay too hard to emulate the massively successful Lego Movie, and it doesn’t quite meet the standards that movie set.
Lego Batman is suffering the curse of the sequel: while being an excellent movie in its own right, it’s inevitably compared to the former, slightly better movie.
Return of the Jedi springs to mind.
Lego Movie broke the mold: it was funny, heartwarming, innocent, and full of enough pop culture and nerdy references to keep any adult in the movie theater happy. It taught an incredible lesson about the value of individuality and creation, and it is generally considered one of the greatest kid’s movies made in recent years.
Lego Batman is an excellent movie: hilarious, nerdy, and full of geeky references to obscure comic book villains that only true Batman fans will know(Condiment King, anyone?). Where it misses the mark, in my opinion, is the heartwarming aspect. While this movie piles on the lesson of family and the need for human companionship to truly be happy, I felt like the movie was trying to hard to recreate the simply touching moments the first movie did so well.
Don’t get me wrong: this movie is definitely heartfelt. There’s a scene near the end(I won’t spoil it for you) where I felt the tears start to well up. The movie tackles some big ideas and feelings in a kid-friendly way that I love to see. But while watching the rest of the movie, I kept seeing things that hearkened back to the first movie, and I saw through the movie I was watching to the movie this was trying to be. And it almost made it too: it almost lived up to the predecessor, but it just missed the mark.
Final thoughts: go see this movie! It’s hilarious and heartfelt. Just go into it trying to forget about the first movie, and simply appreciate this excellent movie without the Lego Movie lens. It’s worth your time, and will become one of your favorites. 🙂