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February 10, 2017

The LEGO Batman Movie Review - Now in Theaters



The Lego Batman Movie (Rated PG):
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO® Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble—LEGO Batman—stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Will Arnett reprises his starring role from The LEGO Movie as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (Muppets Most Wanted, the Hangover films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s Arrested Development) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s Daredevil) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the Harry Potter films) as Alfred.

Hawaii Dad Blog Review:
Batman is so good at defeating evil, that the townspeople of Gotham don't even worry when Joker and his gang of super villains attempt to blow up the city. The Joker believes that he and Batman need each other. Batman rebuffs this notion much to the Joker's disappointment. The new police commissioner, Barbara Gordon also believes that Batman and the police need each other and should be working together. Even Alfred, Bruce Wayne's butler, tries to convince Batman that he'd be better off opening up to others - starting with the orphan boy he inadvertently adopted (Dick Grayson, who becomes Robin).

But Batman works alone.

The Joker comes up with his greatest plan to get back at Batman and rule Gotham City. Batman may be forced to accept that working as a team with Commissioner Gordon, Robin, and Alfred is the best way to defeat him.

The Lego Batman Movie is a non-stop bombardment of inside jokes, nods, winks and tributes. There are several references to past Batman movies, and even to the TV series and its use of onomatopoeia in colorful comic balloons (i.e. "Bam!" "Pow!").

Both kids and adults will love this movie.  There are some jokes that will go way over the heads of children, but the movie is truly entertaining for all ages.  My five-year-old son laughed throughout the movie.  There were so many parts he kept talking about after the movie, and he especially liked when Robin made an adjustment to his super hero costume. 

I look forward to seeing this movie again to catch all the jokes I know I missed (I'll probably need a few more viewings to accomplish this).

The LEGO Batman Movie had big shoes to fill.  It does so admirably, and the result is a laugh-a-second classic that the entire family will enjoy.



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