When you read a movie review for a kids movie, you’ll probably be handed the same information wherever you go.
Is it appropriate for my kids?
Will I enjoy sitting through it?
And then you’ll have to read everything that person thought about that movie.
If that’s what you’re looking for in The LEGO Batman Movie review, here goes:
Kids of all ages will love it. Even if they’re too young to understand it, it’s a bunch of fun toys flashing across the screen. And you’ll actually be putting your phone away for two hours and spending uninterrupted time with your kids, whether you enjoy the movie or not. So just be in the moment.
Now, let’s get a bit more creative. Let’s answer the questions you really want to know.
Will I like it as much as The LEGO Movie?
No. You’ll like it more.
The first movie was a little bit of everything thrown in there. Old LEGO, new LEGO, inside jokes about LEGO, and then the ending that left some people loving it and some people hating it (I was in the loving it category, FYI).
This movie doesn’t break character. This movie doesn’t break that fourth wall. You are immersed in the world of Batman that just happens to be told from a LEGO point of view with a very LEGO sense of humor. More on that.
What if I didn’t like The LEGO movie?
That depends on what you didn’t like about the first LEGO movie. If it was the stop motion style of storytelling, then skip this movie. It’s in the same style and there are more LEGO movies in the same style in the works. I suggest you learn to love it.
If you didn’t like the campiness or storyline or real world integration with the first LEGO movie, no worries. This is a superhero movie with a lot of other stuff thrown in.
Will my kids like it?
I can only speak from my perspective and that of my 10 year old son. With that said, I’m pretty sure this movie was made by 10 year old boys trapped in adult bodies. It was everything my son could dream of. Action, adventure, superheroes, crude humor, and LEGO.
Don’t worry. Not too crude.
Will my adults like it?
I’ve been known to have a kids’ sense of humor but I feel confident in saying that most adults will enjoy this movie. You’ll find juvenile jokes told with adult subtlety. You’ll find complex storylines told in a way that kids can understand. And you will laugh out loud. Or you’ll quietly smirk but laugh on the inside.
And the inside jokes are plentiful. See the next question for more details.
Which Batman exactly are we going to see?
Can I expect the campy Batman of the 60s? Will I see the surly Batman of the 90s? Does Ben Affleck make an appearance as the most depressed superhero ever?
YES! Whichever Batman you know and love, you’ll see some version of it in this film. Having grown up watching the original Batman series with Adam West, I was pleasantly surprised at the throwbacks in the movie, especially knowing that most of the audience probably didn’t get it.
And this Batman is often unintentionally the butt of his own jokes. Instead of the dark anti-hero he’s often portrayed as, he’s more of a sullen child that simply needs to turn that frown upside down. We all loved it.
Are there a million pop culture references?
Well, I didn’t count so a million might be a little high but there are plenty. Old movie villains? Yes. Harry Potter references? Yes. Bad 80s music? Yes. Star Wars sound effects? Yes.
Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll probably find it in this movie.
Should I stay until the very end of the credits?
Nope. We always hope for that carrot at the very end but sometimes it’s at the expense of our very full bladder. In this case, I give you permission to watch the fun bits at the beginning of the credits and then take off. There’s nothing special at the end.
Overall, this movie gets a double thumbs up from everyone in my family. I’m already counting down the days until we can watch it on DVD!