The LEGO Batman Movie

(2017)

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Title:
The LEGO Batman Movie
Release Date:
8th February 2017
Runtime:
104 min
MPAA Rating:
PG
Directors:
Chris McKay
Writers:
Chris McKenna, Seth Grahame-Smith
Languages:
English
Stream Quality:
1080p / 720p / 480p

Storyline

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, 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.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 91%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 88%
IMDb Rating 7.9

Casts

Michael Cera as Robin/Dick Grayson
Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth
Rosario Dawson as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon
Siri as 'Puter
Will Arnett as Batman/Bruce Wayne

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by WoodBangers Entertainment 11th February, 2017

loved it!

Wanna see a film that will just keep you laughing all the way through it? Well last night we certainly found one, "The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)". Lego Batman was a film that we had been waiting to see and last night we headed out to the theaters to enjoy some laughter. From the start of the movie it was on! This movie was Lego at it's finest, Batman took Lego films to a whole new level of laughter. Every few minutes we couldn't stop giggling. The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) was filled with Batman singing his made up songs, The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) is a movie that made us finally feel like a kid again; awesome from start to finish!

Reviewed by pdxnative 9th February, 2017

Wasn't sure what I'd think...

My husband wanted to see it, I had reservations but I went with. I loved it from the opening credits onward, fun characters, cute story, the best sound effects ever. It wasn't afraid to have fun with it and I love that about movies. Not terribly many movies seem to have fun with the telling of their stories anymore, way too much dark, emo and brooding. However, Lego Batman was fun, energetic and creative, blending the Batman from the Lego movie and putting him in his own Lego Batman story and it turned out wonderfully. I tend to rate movies that I see into 2 categories, do I like it enough that I'd buy it? Or not. I would happily buy this one. I really hope Lego keeps up with the movies, because so far, they're on a very positive roll.

Reviewed by contact-445 8th February, 2017

The best batman movie in years

This says a lot about the sorry state of the live action DC Cinematic Universe, that this Lego Batman movie is actually the best Batman movie in years. The Lego Batman movie aces the lego part, using the constraints of the lego bricks to very creatively frame the movie's universe and the story, like its predecessor, the Lego movie. On top of that, this batman movie is actually about Batman, its story has surprising depth, and while it unrolls at a super-frenetic pace, we never lose track of what is going on, and why characters do what they do. The villains are compelling and the story is better than any recent live-action superhero movie I can think of. The writers also show both real love and real respect for the history of Batman, found a way to make the main villain (the Joker) really interesting, especially in his relationship with Batman, and is the first Batman movie to actually address the question of whether Batman is really a blessing for Gotham city or not, and what to do about it. Again it says quite a lot about the DC cinematic universe that a LEGO movie of all things would nail this. Finally, the movie is also both funny and clever. The movie unrolls as a spastic pace from the very beginning, and never lets up, same with the jokes, so I probably missed some, but the lampshading and send- up of Batman within the lego universe was really well done, while treating the subject very seriously and respectfully I saw the movie with my family in IMAX Laser, and it's one of the very few movies I've seen that really uses the format. Again I don't know if that says more about this movie or the live action ones. Everyone had a great time and liked the movie on different levels. Warmly recommended

Reviewed by ryanjmorris 6th February, 2017

Lego Batman is as fun, funny, inventive and touching as you'd want it to be

Let's be honest for a second and agree that The Lego Movie should never have worked. On paper, it's a horrible idea. Yet, Phil Lord and Chris Miller did what they always do - take a strange and unwieldy idea and turn it into something great. Including Batman in The Lego Movie seemed a bizarre choice, but the Will Arnett voiced character was a highlight for pretty much everyone who watched it and it didn't take long until a spin off was announced. With Lord and Miller only serving as producers this time, the satisfaction of The Lego Movie wore off and we were all sceptical about whether the spin off was a good idea. It turns out that, just like last time, we never needed to worry at all. When he isn't fighting crime as masked vigilante Batman, Bruce Wayne (Arnett) lives in recluse in his mansion with his butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes). His arch nemesis, the Joker (Zach Galifianakis), rallies together an endless group of villains to attempt to rid Gotham City of the Batman, all while new Police Chief Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson) proposes that Batman abandon his solo nature and work alongside the law enforcement. After a misunderstanding, Wayne also accidentally adopts local orphan Dick Grayson (Michael Cera), who he reluctantly takes on as a protege. Eventually, it is down to Batman, Grayson, Gordon and Alfred to battle the Joker and save Gotham City. If it sounds kind of mental, it's because it is. If you thought The Lego Movie was high octane and relied on energy, it pales in comparison to The Lego Batman Movie. But, once again, here we have a film that is not only zany and energetic but also consistently funny, mindbogglingly inventive, nimbly structured and genuinely touching. While it loses the surprise effect that made The Lego Movie such a treat and its conclusion doesn't rival the sudden foray into live action that made its parent film so poignant, Lego Batman remains a highly enjoyable film that puts a smile on your face from beginning to end. I would comfortably say that this is a funnier film than The Lego Movie. The jokes come thick and fast, a large percentage of the film is more than prepared to drop at least three jokes per minute and they all land. There are digs at other recent Batman stories - most notably Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman, obviously - and multiple other references to other films, but Lego Batman even finds room for more adult humour (how the number plate on Bruce Wayne's car made it into the final cut is hilariously baffling to me) and countless sight gags. The faux stop motion animation style carves the way for some brilliant little visual flourishes that add depth to the film's comedy - it isn't just content to run one joke into the ground, rather it consistently finds new comedic territory and makes every joke its own. The way Lego Batman even lands on something genuinely moving in its finale is even more impressive. You could make a case for the film's central theme being a bit obvious when it comes to Batman - the whole film is pegged around isolation and loneliness and how you combat that to form a human relationship of any kind - but it handles it excellently. It's written smartly enough to simultaneously act as a life lesson for small kids as well as a powerful sentiment to older viewers. The fact that it has a better grasp of Batman as a character than Batman v Superman did isn't exactly surprising, but what is surprising is just how committed to this theme the film really is. It doesn't just form it around Batman. Young Dick Grayson feels the same emotional distance, Barbara Gordon only wants to do well in her first challenge as the new Police Chief, Alfred wants to help his adoptive son refocus his life and even the Joker just wants to comfortably know that he really is Batman's arch nemesis. It all sounds silly, and of course it is, but Lego Batman excels whenever it combines the silly and the thoughtful. Thankfully, that's most of its run time. The voice acting is faultless all round, too. Arnett remains the obvious highlight for too many reasons than can be explained, but Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes, Rosario Dawson, Jenny Slate, and Channing Tatum are all delightful as well. Lego Batman's biggest triumph, though? It perfectly reminds us that the concept of a Lego Movie shouldn't put us off anymore. There have been weirder franchises in cinematic history, and while this sounded like one big cash grab from the word go, everything we have seen in this Universe so far has been terrific. Lego Batman loses that surprise element because about ten minutes into the film you stop worrying, you just know you're going to have a blast. I mean, how could you not? The less said about a plethora of other characters who appear in the film's second half, the better - but it's hilarious and unique and wonderful all at once. If just one film drops in 2017 that's more fun than this, what a year it will be. TO SUMMARISE: Dazzlingly inventive and unrelentingly funny, The Lego Batman Movie adds another enjoyable and surprisingly moving entry to the ever impressive Lego Movie franchise. www.morrismovies.co.uk

Reviewed by gunmasterg9 6th February, 2017

Kids movie that Parents and Adults will enjoy

My 5 year old son had been bugging me wanting to watch this since he first saw the trailers. Skeptically I booked tickets for a preview and went along thinking I would let him enjoy this whilst i got an hour or so to have a nice nap :-). From the word go this movie is hilarious with a lot of jokes that older kids/adults will find. in certain aspects i enjoyed this more than my kid lol. Sont of the one liners are brilliant - especially the password that Batman has set for his computer which is not the one he says in the trailer. A great fun movie which took the Batman from the LEgo Movie and made it even more awesome. A top rated movie from me.