The LEGO Batman Movie is creative, hilarious, and a must-see

Release Date: February 10, 2017
Running Time: 1 hour and 44 minutes
Rated PG for rude humor and some action.
Grade: B+
Directed By: Chris McKay

“You like playing games do ya Batman? Save the city or come catch your greatest enemy?”

When Batman saves Gotham City from the Joker, he goes to his Batcave to celebrate. While the citizens of Gotham City think that Batman is living la vida loca, Batman actually prefers the solitude of his cave. As he gazes upon his family photos, Alfred scolds him for avoiding the one thing that he craves the most: a family. Batman insists that Alfred is way off track.

Joker returns with all of the bad guys that Batman has ever fought since he is determined to make Batman recognize him as his greatest enemy. Previously, Batman had refused to admit that he and the Joker have a special relationship. Commissioner Gordan retires and his daughter, Barbara, takes over the official crime stoppers. She has a plan to unite with Batman to fight crime the right way. Being the loner that he is, Batman thinks that this is a horrible plan. Also being a master builder that he is, he reluctantly allows Barbara, Alfred, and his newly adopted son, Dick Grayson, to join him in order to stop the Joker from executing his fiendishly evil plot to take over Gotham City.

IT TAKES A TEAM TO BUILD A HERO

Are you ready to follow Batman and maybe learn a few life lessons along the way? The first lesson is that life doesn’t give you seatbelts! No, really, The LEGO Batman Movie is broadcast like the Bat Signal on the big screen by Warner Animation Group/DC Entertainment and it is absolutely spectacular! This 3D computer-animated treat is creative, hilarious, and a must see for audiences of all ages. Reprising his role from The LEGO movie, Will Arnett voices the confident and aloof hero so well that he is now my favorite Batman after Christian Bale. His zingers and awesome super hero moments are definitely worthy of a full length film and truly is vastly superior because it revolves entirely around Batman.

Arnett’s Arrested Development cast mate, Michael Cera, joins the team to portray Dick Grayson/Robin and every line that he speaks made me giggle. Ralph Fiennes as Alfred provides perhaps one of the funniest moments in the film when he reminds Batman of his phases in 2016, 2012, 2008, 2005, 1997, 1995, 1992, 1989, and that weird one in 1966. Last, but not least, Zach Galifianakis brought tears to my eyes with his voice performance as The Joker. Assemble your team, take responsibility for your entertainment, and fly into the theater to see this one! ~Movie Buffette

“From the team that assembled the Lego movie.”

The LEGO Batman Movie was pure entertainment from start to finish.  The actors voicing the characters were fantastic.  The casting was perfect and the animation was astounding.  The colors were so vibrant and the special effects remarkable.  I really enjoyed the storyline which is based on the love/hate relationship between Batman and The Joker.  I really liked how the principles of family, friendship and teamwork were woven into the script.

The animated comedy was full of adult innuendos which will keep the more mature audiences engaged, yet retains the fun loving feel of a children’s action movie. The film by Chris McKay, in his first major theatrical release, is sure to be a hit with families and Batman fans this February.  The packed audience enjoyed the animated feature as much as we did, which was evident by their laughter and applause. Make plans to leave the comfort of your bat cave and enjoy a family-friendly and highly enjoyable classic. ~A.S. MacLeod

For more fun and games, check out the official website at www.legobatman.com.

Voice Starring:

Will Arnett as Batman
Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth
Zach Galifianakis as The Joker
Jenny Slate as Harley Quinn
Channing Tatum as Superman
Michael Cera as Robin
Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordan
Jemaine Clement as Sauron

About Leigh Ann Rassler

october, 2021

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