Movie Review: The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

Synopsis: After once again foiling the Joker and Gotham City's other villains, Batman uses his fame and glory to overcome the loneliness he feels because he has chosen to isolate himself from the rest of the world. However, when a new police commissioner takes over and the Joker and the other villains surprise everyone by surrendering, it flips his life upside down. To make matters worse, his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, accidentally adopts an orphan.

Who's in it? The animated movie uses voices from Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera and Ralph Fiennes.

Review: My wife, oldest daughter and I saw the trailer for this movie a few weeks ago and, even though it is a film we normally wouldn't make an effort to watch, we thought it looked interesting enough to add it to our Netflix list.

We received it on DVD this past weekend and ended up watching it for our family movie night on Saturday. While it (predictably) wasn't as good as the previews made it out to be, I thought it was an OK choice.

The plot of the movie was one I honestly wasn't expecting. I figured it would be the typical superhero film, with the good guy trying to overcome one (or more) bad guy. Instead, the majority of the movie was about Batman/Bruce Wayne (Arnett) overcoming his fear of being part of a family. This did make the movie much more interesting (and funny) than it might otherwise have been.

I especially liked the part about him and his relationship with the Joker (Galifianakis), who was obsessed with being Batman's #1 nemesis to the point he sounded like a jilted girlfriend. I think that plot point was one of the most entertaining in the entire film, especially since it was the main reason for the Joker's plot to overthrow the city.

The movie is obviously geared more toward children, which isn't a huge deal. However, the bright colors and constant fast-paced movement did, at times, get a little irritating, especially when I accidentally hit fast forward and almost couldn't tell. Fortunately, the overall movie is good enough to make up for this. But, if you get motion sickness from movies, this is one you may want to avoid.

Final Opinion: As I said, the movie wasn't as good as the previews made it seem. But, if you can overlook the fast pace and overkill of color, the overall plot manages to be entertaining enough to make the movie fun to watch. I would recommend it as a result.

My Grade: B


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