The Lego Batman Movie

2017 "Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman."
7.3| 1h44m| PG| en
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A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick.

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SpuffyWeb Sadly Over-hyped
Noutions Good movie, but best of all time? Hardly . . .
Ava-Grace Willis Story: It's very simple but honestly that is fine.
Fleur Actress is magnificent and exudes a hypnotic screen presence in this affecting drama.
mattwells-37368 How many time can you watch a film and laugh at the same moments? In this case the answer is infinite. My kids love this film and every time they put it on I end up watching it and crying laughing. Batman is the star of the show his character is hilarious and the voice over is spot on. This movie is a tonic for anyone with even a limited sense of humour.
Neil Welch Gotham's saviour, Batman, can triumph against villains galore, but his greatest battle is keeping his distance from those who care about him. Review: I must confess that I never "got" the Lego versions of things. I can understand sets of Lego bricks themed to various trademarked franchises, but computer games and videos? Come on!But on reflection, Lego versions in the audiovisual world enable a property to be treated with humour and a degree of disrespect without denting the original, because the Lego-ising imparts a distance and other-ness which enables (in this case) Batman to be presented as a character who is recognisably derived from his comic-book original, yet has foibles and quirks which present scope for much humour.This is a funny film. The gags come thick and fast from start to finish. If you are a super-hero fan, there is much for you here. A DC fan? Even more. A Batman fan? Gags based on any and all iterations of Batman and his supporting cast, from his 1939 origin to date, and running through all screen versions, too. I was tickled to see the 1943 Lewis Wilson Batman serial referenced in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment. The rewards here for knowledgeable comic fans are huge.So it's a shame that I have to add a couple of criticisms. The voice casting is absolutely stellar - just look at the voice cast! - but, while I loved Will Arnett's Batman and Ralph Fiennes' Alfred, neither Michael Cera's Robin nor Zach Galifianakis' Joker worked for me at all. Worse than this, and a criticism I also felt applied to this film's predecessor The Lego Movie, is that so much of the action is so frenetic that it is really difficult to follow what's going on in front of you. The filmmakers write and storyboard and, because they know in advance what is in a particular sequence, that's what they see, without realising that the viewer might not follow it that easily.I think I must also say that while this is ostensibly a kids' film, there is much here which will soar over their heads - Batman's Batcave password being "Iron Man Sucks" being just an example!This is seriously good fun, nonetheless.
bigman13-803-859961 The LEGO Batman movie is geared towards kids, but adults can get great mileage out of this movie, too. It mixes the spirit of Batman with with the childhood memory creator that is LEGO. In the movie, Batman finds out that Gotham City doesn't need him anymore, citing the lack of capture of Gotham's baddest villains. The new Commissioner Gordon takes over all crime fighting. Batman then unawaringly adopts somebody from the orphanage, one of his biggest fans who later becomes his sidekick, Robin. The Joker thinks Batman doesn't think he's his greatest enemy, so he sets out to prove that by releasing monsters from the Phantom Zone. Near the end, when the city separates, Batman convinces Joker to help him save the city, and the city of Gotham helps out as well.The movie has the allure of colors of LEGO for the kids, while older adults will appreciate the adult references and callbacks to prior Batman movies. The LEGO Batman Movie is something all ages can enjoy.
Platypuschow After watching all the Lego DC movies I decided to leave this the grand daddy of them all until last, and I'm glad I did. I'm glad I did so that I could see the contrast.You see all the others were lower budget straight to DVD affairs but the entire cast was made up of voice actors, legends within the industry like Troy Baker & Nolan North. This is the Hollywood version and instead is full of traditional actors, and that does the film no favours.Furthermore it's glitzy and colorful and stands out from all the others, you can tell it has money behind it. It does however play to the whole Lego world more so, and therefore the animation is worse and many scenes are stretching the imagination to breaking point.With countless DC villians and a few from other franchises such as King Kong and Voldemort they really went all out here and went with a Batman similiar to what you'd find in HISHE (2005) namely goofy, egotistical and a parody of the Batman we all know.Sadly the movie is inconsistent, one minute I'm enjoying the satire and cleverly integrated adult humour and the next I'm cringing at childish jokes & musical numbers.Credit where credit is due I see what they were doing here but alas this is so Hollywood it made my toenail ingrow.The Good:Looks greatBrilliant soundtrackPlenty of adult humour for the parentsThe Bad:Should have been the proper voice castDespite the budget the animation is worse than the straight to dvd filmsZach Galifianakis is the worst Joker everIncredibly hit and missThings I Learnt From This Movie:DC is the house that Superman made, but Batman has maintainedBatman doesn't pay his taxesIronman sucksLife doesn't give you seatbelts