Lego Batman

Three years after co-directing the wildly successful and Academy Award nominated “The Lego Movie”, Chris McKay finds himself sitting alone in the director’s chair for this sequel.  And the same can be said for Gotham City’s own Caped Crusader—as Batman headlines this Lego spin-off and must come to terms with his lonely, inner-self and inability to share his crimefighting success with anyone else.  

This adventure-comedy offers the perfect mix of funny one-liners with an explosive and emotional archrival, The Joker, who once again acts as the nemesis to Batman. The computer-generated animation film features dozens of superheroes and villains for viewers to choose from and watch throughout.  With a serious-minded human element softly added thanks to Tom Cruise’s “Jerry Maguire” character, “The Lego Batman Movie” brings smiles to viewers of all ages over its 90-minute therapy session for Bruce Wayne.

Will Arnett’s likable voice as Batman will draw easy comparisons to Facebook and YouTube viral sensation BatDad (“JEN!”).  That’s a good thing, with Arnett oozing overconfidence and an uneasiness to play well with others. Likewise, similar spectacular performers who make this film feel fresh and on top of its DC Comics’ game include Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, and Ralph Fiennes as the consummate professional butler, Alfred.  

Rated PG for crude humor and some action, the very few adult jokes all fly by fast and high enough to probably miss any attentive youthful ears. 

KAPOW!  After two dreary, less fulfilling gambits last year in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad,” leave it to this animated action pleaser to pump much-needed life back into DC Entertainment. With rapid-fire laughs and well-timed hat tips to the 1960s “Batman” television series and Adam West, “The Lego Batman Movie” not only saves Gotham City, but, perhaps DC Comics as well. It nicely introduces us to a pair of main characters and their lesser known backgrounds, both of which have become staples in the Batman storyline.    

Once again, everything is awesome.  

Grade: A 

“The Lego Batman Movie” is rated PG for crude humor and some action. Its running time is 1 hour and 27 minutes.

(Patrick King is a resident of Tucson and writer for the REEL BRIEF movie blog at www.reelbrief.com.  You may email him at reelbriefmoviereviews@mail.com)

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