Following the success of The Lego Movie, and preceding the release of The Lego NInjago Movie, The Lego Batman Movie is a absolute laugh train from start to finish. When Batman begins commenting on the movie’s different opening logos, you know you’re in for a fun ride. The opening sequence is hilarious to say the least, spoofing batman’s existence as a superhero, and cleverly mocking the narcisism behind dressing up like a bat to beat up thugs at night.
The most clever thing about Lego Batman is the way it pokes fun at the duality between Batman and The Joker. They complete one annother, each a ying to his opponent’s yang. When Batman declares that he doesn’t need Joker, it sends the clown prince of crime rushing into a quest to prove otherwise. Speaking of Joker, Zach Galifanakis rendition felt a bit uncharacteristic. And the writing didn’t help. He worked fine as a simple storytelling device, but Joker is a character almost as iconic as Batman himself. Disregarding this, the script rarel makes him the subject of any humor, which I found odd given that Batman’s very nature made for some excellent humor throughout the movie.
However, the movie is exceptionally well done in all other respects, from animation to an epic finale that includes a whole gaggle of classic movie villians, including Voldemort, Sauron, and Agent Smith from The Matrix. The movie is enjoyable to watch, both as a heartwarming story of a man conquering his fear of being in a family, and as a genre satire, that cleverly mocks Batman, and superhero movies in general.