The Movie: 8/10
I like having fun. I like laughing. I like feeling comfortable and pleased for a couple of hours of my life. Lego movies do all this for me, therefore they will always get a good score and a positive review. I know, they aren’t high art or cinematic revolutionary accomplishments (unless you are talking about the computer generated images…then we’re in a whole other discussion!), but the truth is none of that matters. I enjoy it. What more do you want me to tell ya?
Hmmm there’s the comedy, it’s grown up enough to make me chuckle. There’s the references, of course I appreciate the throwbacks to movies and other pop culture things I have experienced and to have them presented by animated Lego figures, well, very satisfying.
The story of this one is around the Batman, as you know. To be honest, it doesn’t matter to me which characters they choose to make these movies with, it’s all the same kind of vibe and the same level of entertainment. Batman is funny enough to make fun of itself when needed, and poke a few sticks of fun at other iconic characters and franchises. It holds a lot of built-in references of its own, and making jokes out of its own history and corniness just adds to the giggle factor.
I really don’t know what to tell you about this movie. Batman adopts Robin, meets Bat”girl”, thwarts a bad guy, or lots of them, and I had a big bowl of popcorn to make it a full movie watching experience of sheer delight. Too much? Yea, it is a bit hokey to be so enthusiastic about a little flick about a fake plastic dude in a cape, but come on, we even get to learn a lesson about being alone in the world and more about team work, which the Lego people seem really fond of.
I recommend getting your own big bowl of popcorn, get both Lego movies, and just have a really fun afternoon!
- 4 New Original Animated Shorts (8 minutes) – Dark Hoser, Batman Is Just Not That Into You, Cooking With Alfred and Movie Sound Effects How Do They Do That are all included.
- The Master: A Lego Ninjago Short (5 Minutes) – Master Wu tries his hardest to get the opening credits right.
- 4 Deleted Scenes (7 Minutes) – Batcave Studio, Lollipop, Batman & Mayor Swap and Clayface.
- 6 Featurettes (35 Minutes) – A bunch of featurettes including a must watch-making of that interviews many of the movies animators.
- Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 7.5/10
I would have this as a poster. It’s got that “I dare you to look at me and not grin.” style.
Audio & Video: 9/10
Lego Batman comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Warner and a superb 1080P AVC transfer. This movie is FULL of color and you will really notice from the opening frames how colorful it actually is. The stop motion nature of the CG image also looks great due to the 22MB/Sec encode being used here. Shadow detail is also impressive with no signs of blocking anywhere in the image.
Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD MA 5.1 are the tracks you can choose from here. Each of these is incredible with surround effects almost the entire run-time. Dialog is central and focused, Lego Batman fans will be very pleased with this release.
Overall Score 8/10