Review: LEGO BATMAN: THE MOVIE

We love LEGO's. We love Batman. So naturally we'd love LEGO Batman: The Movie, right? The first film in the series of LEGO DC features, LEGO Batman gives us a fun romp through the LEGO World. The film starts off with Batman (Troy Baker) and Superman (Travis Willingham) being taken out (killed?) by Lex Luthor (Clancy Brown) and the Joker (Chris Corey Smith).When then flashback to two days prior, where we see Lex [who's running for president] lose the Man of the Year Award to none other than Bruce Wayne. The Joker enters scene and Lex gets an idea. With the Joker's help they can take down Superman and  Batman once and for all.

Batman and Robin (played by Charlie Schlatter) try to stop Joker and Lex but they're no match for their new deconstructor weapon. The film centers around Batman's unwillingness to accept help, He doesn't like it when Superman tries to help him, and he's so distrusting he has a safe full of kryptonite. We see Bruce grow as a character, and that's something you wouldn't expect to see in a film like this. The characters are fun to watch, and you enjoy seeing them interact with each other. The film does have its wacky moments, but it's not over the top. It feels like a real Batman movie. Something that a parent can watch with their child, and still get some enjoyment out of it. The darker atmosphere and performances make it feel like a DC Universe made for kids.

The film does move a bit too fast at times. Pacing is probably the biggest problem with the film. A lot of it might be that the film is mostly just cutscenes from the video game; LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. They do add some new scenes, but yeah, you can tell this wasn't made to be a movie. If you haven't played the game (which you should), you'll still enjoy it. The story is very simple, but they manage to make it work. Once again you notice that there's something missing [the gameplay segments]. It's not a huge problem, but it is something that holds the films back.

The voice cast is great, the animation is solid, and the film is just fun. It's everything we love about Batman and everything we love about LEGO wrapped up in a nice package. Danny Elfman's Batman theme and John Williams' Superman theme was also a nice touch. LEGO Batman: The Movie is a good time for the entire family. Watch the movie, play the game, and have a great time.


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