My Movie Review: LEGO Batman

THIS is the Batman movie we have been waiting for. One of the highlights to come out of “The Lego Movie” two years ago was the birth of the best Batman (Will Arnett) since Michael Keaton. The family and I caught the first showing we could as soon as school let out and it was everything we could have hoped for in the movie. Comedy, Action, Romance, Adventure, Explosions, Nostalgic throwbacks to previous incarnations of the caped crusader, and just enough adult references that definitely went over kid’s heads to make it enjoyable for everyone.
The story follows the same formula as most other superhero flicks, which is kind of the point: A moody Batman, living in lonely isolation in his Batcave, must overcome skepticism by the new Commissioner Gordon (Rosario Dawson) to help save Gotham City from an assortment of villains, led by the Joker (Zach Galifianakis). There is so much going on in terms of quick, witty dialogue and fast paced special effects, you almost get the feeling that a lot of the funniest stuff is flying by too quickly.
There’s a very positive message that the film does a fantastic job of bringing home - “You can’t be a hero,” Batman learns, “if you only care about yourself.” While there was a bit of bathroom humor, over-all the movie emphasizes friendship, family, courage, sacrifice, being honest about fear, and admitting we need others. There's even a positive message for foster parents who've chosen to love and care for orphaned children.
Ultimately, if you enjoyed “The Lego Movie”, then you will love “Lego Batman”. I had my doubts that they could follow-up such a huge commercial and critical success as the first film, but the folks involved have another Lego hit on the hands. And when it’s all said and done, maybe even bigger than the first.
I give this film 4 out of 5 stars.


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