If you’re on the fence about seeing The LEGO Batman Movie, your reservations are understandable. The “Buttmobile” joke shown in the trailer could give some adults pause about sitting through an hour and a half of childish poop jokes.
But fear not, The LEGO Batman Movie is a wonderful delight with clever writing that craftily pays homage to each of the previous Batman films. Yes, even the “ridiculous” 1966 Adam West movie.
Remember the Prince soundtrack to the 1989 Michael Keaton/Jack Nicholson movie? Yeah, that gets a mention. If you were a fan of the recently deceased George Michael, there is even a Wham reference – in more ways than one.
Will Arnett, who might have the best Batman voice of anyone to ever portray the Dark Knight, is perfect even in an animated film.
Nobody in an all-star cast that includes Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Jenny Slate, Ralph Fiennes, Zoe Kravitz, Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Jonah Hill, Ellie Kemper, Adam Devine, Kate Micucci, Eddie Izzard, Jason Mantzoukas, Billy Dee Williams, Conan O’Brien and, even Mariah Carey as the mayor, is wasted.
Previous Batman films aren’t the only movies referenced. Many of the allusions to Lord of the Rings, Godzilla, King Kong, Jurassic Park and various romantic comedies – sorry Tom Cruise – may go over the heads of children, but will land perfectly with adult audiences.
Even if you don’t have a child to take to the movie, go see this movie and you won’t regret it.
To reference the first LEGO Movie, everything about the LEGO Batman movie is awesome, even the “Buttmobile” joke.