So, it’s been speculated since 2014. It’s had a LOT of trailers. Fans were going crazy. And now it’s finally here. Yes, I’m reviewing the LEGO Batman Movie, a film that’s, well, to put it this way… WOW! It’s got the action, it’s got the humour, and it’s got a shed load of references. This is the Batman movie we deserve after the disappointment of Batman vs Superman. It’s great!

What I like about the movie is that Warner Bros can make Batman really dark over in the DC Extended Universe, then mock how dark it’s gotten with LEGO. It’s good to see the contrast in this kids’ movie, just as it is to see how many references to the dark stuff they can fit in here. In the opening scene, we here an unimpressed pilot tell the Joker, “What about that time with the two boats?” which references 2008 movie ‘The Dark Knight’, where Joker tries to make two boats ships blow each other up. Visual references were there as well, multiple being toward Lazlo Valentin, A.K.A Professor Pyg, a character too dark to be in the movie himself.

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I also enjoyed the plot-line, as the film has a sub-plotĀ about the Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) desperate attempt to prove himself as Batman’s (Will Arnett) arch-nemesis. It follows the protocol of a romantic relationship, but altered enough to be a hero-villain nemesis, for example, “Tell me you hate me, or we’re done!” This is a funny concept. but the main plot is of Batman becoming a part of a family and not living in solitude. Of course, the Caped Crusader is known to be a bit of a loner, and this provides a good feelingĀ for Batman as he teams up with Robin (Michael Cera), Batgirl (Rosario Dawson) and Alfred (Ralph Fiennes). It’s nice to give an emotional aspect to a movie that’s full of humour.

Overall, this is a great movie. It’s got all the action, emotion and humour, and it’s great for fans of animation, LEGO and DC alike. There’s more I’d like to say, but it involves spoilers. I love it!