The Lego Batman Movie

By Angie Raphael

2 stars 

I almost fell asleep during this animation, but to be fair, I was already tired. Lego Batman Movie is not a total waste of time. There are some good laughs and many nods to previous Batman films and the broader comic book universe. There are also other characters thrown in, such as the Gremlins and King Kong. But the plot was not complicated enough to warrant such a lengthy running time. Brooding vigilante Batman (Will Arnett) faces off against The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and many of Gotham's most infamous villains, while also romancing Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson) and caring for his adopted son Dick Grayson (Michael Cera) with the help of Alfred (Ralph Fiennes). The self-mocking and light tone of the film is fun, as is keeping an ear out for the cast of recognisable voices. Unfortunately, director Chris McKay and the five writers credited with the screenplay focused too much on referencing past versions of Batman and not enough time developing their own story. The Lego Batman Movie had potential to be so much better.