Tyler K. Lopez
*Gravely, throaty, voice* Hi. I’m Tyler. I’m sort of the Batman of this site. Meaning I do all the cool stuff while the other guys handle things that some people might classify as important. But I do the cool stuff. For instance, I watched this movie. That’s right, the best DC-comic-based movie since the last Batman movie and the two Batman movies before that. You’re the Batman of review reading. You know why? Because you’re reading this review. The coolest review you’re going to read within the next 10-15 minutes or maybe even more. Could be 20 minutes. Don’t quote me on that though, I don’t know if you’ll read any other reviews from this site. This’ll still be top 5 though. I can almost, maybe guarantee that. Okay let’s go. This is the The Lego Batman Movie by the way.
1- Writing: 8/10
The writing was completely above average. Almost well above average, but not quite. They took some typical movie tropes and turned ’em around. They also did a great job poking fun at other Batman and DC movies. Especially the recent ones that deserve some poking. I say “they” because there’s half a dozen writer’s credited on this movie, but I’m going to give all the credit to Seth Grahame-Smith. Good job Seth!
2- Direction: 7/10
The movie was pretty much exactly what you’d expect. Nothing blew me away, but uh… It’s a Lego movie. You wanna have some fun? This movie is fun and Chris McCay does a good job of keeping it that way while still finding tender moments. Good job Chris!
3- Cinematography: 8/10
Yeah that’s right, another above average. I’m not saying the movie was beautiful or anything, but with Lego movies you get to explore cool Lego stuff as well as cool story things. My English teachers probably loved that last sentence and stuff. Truly though the visuals are at times almost overwhelming, but they’re certainly unique and creative. My English teachers probably appreciate that sentence a little more and junk.
4- Acting: 8/10
I loved the actors in this movie. We got to see the reunion of Will Arnett and Michael Cera who have fantastic chemistry even in animated movies apparently. Ralph Fiennes is so good as Alfred that I didn’t even know it was Ralph Fiennes which is probably the best compliment for a voice actor right? I thought Rosario Dawson was good, not great. Yeah I said it.
5- Editing: 7/10
The pacing was fine. I bet they could have shaved off a little more time for an animated movie, but I’m not complaining. Moving on!
6- Sound: 8/10
Sound for a movie like this must be fun to invent. It also must take forever considering there’s a million things that need sound for an animated movie about Lego superheroes. The sound was excellent and really helped tie the movie together. I would have given it a higher grade, but there are times when so much is happening it becomes a blur so… “above average” instead of “exceeds expectations“.
7- Soundtrack/Score: 9/10
The soundtrack was tremendous. There were bits of Michael Jackson, White Snake, and of course the smash hit “Everything is Awesome“. I mean does it get more diverse than that? The score was also great, but it’s harder to name drop a score. Lorne Balfe was the one credited for all the music in the movie. Good job Lorne!
8- Production Design: 9/10
I mean c’mon. It’s a movie about Lego superheroes, it’s going to have a pretty interesting production design. The reason the movie earns “exceeds expectations“. McCay explores all sorts of old, awesome, hilarious Batman costumes and concepts in fun and unexpected ways. Not only are you given a fun Lego movie, but a fun Batman movie which sounds silly in writing, but needs to be said anyway.
9- Casting: 10/10
That’s right. A perfect score. An “excellent” if I’m going to continue overusing grade school terminology from the ’90s and ’00s. I already mentioned the main cast, but there’s also Zach Galifianakis, Jenny Slate, Jason Mantzoukas, Conan O’Brien, Doug Benson, Seth Green, Jemaine Clement, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Adam Devine, Mariah Carey, Zoe Kravitz, Ellie Kemper, and the inimitable, the incredible, the smoothest man in show business, Billy Dee Williams! There’s even more than that, but who can top Billy Dee?
10- Effects: 8/10
Hard to top the casting… The effects were about as great as you could want from a high-profile animated movie. Not a whole lot to say. It was good!
Overall Score: 8.2/10
*Half-way deep, sultry voice* That’s it. You’re Welcome. I gave you the best review you’ll read in at least 7 or 8 minutes as long as you don’t read any more from this site. Wait what’s that? I haven’t finished yet? You’re right. And yet I know with complete certainty that this review is the best one you’ll read in probably 5 minutes or so. The Lego Batman Movie is tremendous fun. It’s creative, it’s entertaining, it’s a Lego Movie meets a Batman movie. That’s right. It’s definitely worth watching and I highly recommend it. Just like I highly recommend rereading this review which is probably the best review you’ll read in at least the next four and a half minutes. Three minutes tops.