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.
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Tonight I am reviewing The Lego Batman movie, the follow up to the very successful Lego Movie.
I will start off by telling you that I’m not a big Lego fan, but I am a huge Batman fan. That being said, I thought this movie was great fun. This movie works for both adults and children.
When the first Lego movie came out, I had no interest. One day my wife Martha and I caught it HBO. I laughed the whole way through. I was surprised. When I heard that the next one would be Lego Batman, I was immediately interested.
This movie is for Lego fans, Batman fans, animation fans. If you’re a Batman fan, the movie is filled with Easter eggs. I need to see it again, just to catch all the in jokes and other hidden surprises. There are a lot of DC superhero and specifically Batman movie references, including a few digs at the 60’s Batman series.
The two stars of the movie are Will Arnett and Michael as Batman and Robin. Much of the humor comes from them not knowing each other very well. Zach Galifianakas is an inspired choice to play the Joker. I think that it’s a good idea that they didn’t go with the voices from the Batman animated movies, to separate the “serious” versus humorous Batman universes. One exception that I liked was having Billy Dee Williams play Two Face, just as he did in the original 1989 Batman movie.
I need to mention the animation. The detail is amazing. You can see all the seams, which makes everything look very realistic for being Legos. It also helps if you see it IMAX like I did.
I give this movie 4 out of 5 possible stars. This movie will appeal to just about everyone. I think its going to do well in the theater as well as be a DVD that many parents are going to get sick of as kids watch it over and over.