Having absolutely loved the first Lego Movie, I had high hopes for this one. Overall, I enjoyed Lego Batman, but not quite as much as the original. Part of the problem is that the opening sequence is so crazy loud that it just feels like a mess. Now I realize and appreciate that there is actually an artistic reason for that. It sets up a stark contrast to a hard hitting moment of solitude that is really more of the heart of the film. That said, I certainly felt like our relationship (that between me and the film) got off on the wrong foot.
Getting back to that moment of solitude is something the film does beautifully again and again. Despite the zillions of villains, and messy impossible to decipher action/battle scenes, this film is essentially about the very personal challenge of daring to be vulnerable. Yeah, who would have thought? If you have a member of the family that is an over-protectionist, or overly-macho, or afraid to hug or say the "L" word – maybe they can find some encouragement here.
Probably most of the target audience would not agree with me, but I would have liked to see the action scenes cut to make more room for more heart-hitting "relationship" stuff – especially between bat and orphan. BTW, to be fair, I saw Lego Batman in 2D and the original Lego Movie in 3D.
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