BY JACOB VAN HOUTAN, STAFF WRITER
“The Lego Batman Movie” is a satirical story about the superhero Batman who juggles the responsibilities of fighting crime with a new commissioner and his newly adopted son. Batman here has a gravelly voice brilliantly performed by Will Arnett. His comedic voice talent fits this story well because he allows the character to point out the silliness of Batman.
The rest of the supporting cast is fantastic as well. Michael Cera’s voice lends itself to the character of Robin. He plays it very fast and is a very innocent character. He is just so sweet that his character plays a great foil to the very serious Batman. Zach
Galifianakis voices The Joker in this film. He does a good job with some great material that examines his relationship with Batman. Rosario Daw- son and Ralph Fiennes round out the main cast as Commissioner Barbara Gordon and Alfred respectively.
The biggest problem for the film is that it does not live up to “The Lego Movie.” The film is still really good, but it just never reaches the heights of its predecessor. The film also beats you over the head with its themes. Characters usually state outright what they are thinking and feeling so you never feel surprised by anything anyone is going to do.
The film is still an enjoyable ride, though. The animation is still distinct and very fluid, and like “The Lego Movie,” everything is designed to look like Legos. “The Lego Batman Movie” is just very good. It might not be the most com- plex and groundbreaking film I have seen, but it creates a great character study of the titular hero. It’s smart, funny and enjoyable for people of all ages. I would recommend checking it out.
This article first appeared in the Friday, February 17, 2017, Edition of The Echo.