Lego out­stays wel­come

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - FILM with Ju­lian Wright

IT did not take long for the nov­elty of Lego movies to wear off.

Only the sec­ond of its kind af­ter 2014’s witty and eye-pop­pingly de­signed The Lego Movie, in which Lego char­ac­ters ex­isted ex­clu­sively in a Lego-built world, The Lego Bat­man Movie has the sig­na­ture sass but lit­tle of the imag­i­na­tion.

Bat­man’s (Will Ar­nett) broody, lonely ex­is­tence is shaken up when Gotham’s new toughas-nails po­lice com­mis­sioner Bar­bara Gor­don (Rosario Daw­son) an­nounces the force will fight crime with­out the superhero’s help.

But when the Joker (Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis) and his team of su­pervil­lains sur­ren­der to the po­lice, Bat­man be­lieves he has an ul­te­rior mo­tive and is joined by new side­kick Dick Grayson/robin (Michael Cera) to stop them.

This is ba­si­cally an­other Bat­man movie, as if we have not had enough, but with a cheeky sel­f­ref­er­en­tial streak (al­ways com­ment­ing on how dark and se­ri­ous th­ese films are).

At first it is funny and there are some great mo­ments, pop cul­ture ref­er­ences and sight gags, but the longer this film goes on, the less fre­quently laugh out loud it be­comes.

Re­sem­bling some­thing Michael Bay would con­coct if he were ever given the reins to a Bat­man film, there is wall-to-wall Lego ac­tion, but it is just big, loud and ob­nox­ious.

And de­spite the fast-paced ac­tion se­quences, the story lum­bers along to a pun­ish­ing hour and 45 minute mark.

It speaks vol­umes that this film, be­ing only five min­utes longer than its pre­de­ces­sor, feels Ti­tanic-like in its length.

If you en­joy this one, you will be pleased to learn there is an­other Lego movie on its way, al­ready be­ing ad­ver­tised. If not, well...

Lego Bat­man and his fleet of ve­hi­cles.

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