The central thematic conceit at the heart of The Lego Batman Movie is–
Oh, who am I kidding? It’s Lego Batman, for Pete’s sake. So I’ll spare you my usual line of in-depth socio-philosophical analysis. The only thing you need to know here is that it’s a really funny family-friendly movie, with tons of humorous references to various other incarnations of Batman–especially the late, great Adam West.
It’s true to the spirit of Lego, in that it is good-humored and full of crazy, giant battle scenes with characters from different franchises fighting each other all willy-nilly. It’s exactly like the way I played with my Lego as a kid. And it’s a lot of fun.
The one way in which it can perhaps be analyzed as something other than an entertaining trifle is the part involving the new Gotham city police commissioner’s plan to make the police force less dependent on Batman. She even uses the phrase “It takes a village” to emphasize the collective effort. Given when the movie was released (late January), I can’t help but wonder if they were expecting that line would have more political relevance.
But never mind that stuff! It’s a nice, entertaining movie. Sometimes the action moves too fast for anyone but a hyperactive child to follow–but then, that is the target audience. And there are plenty of jokes that will keep everyone entertained throughout, even when the battles become incoherent.