The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Synopsis: Batman must stop The LEGO Killer from killing everyone with LEGOs by using his own LEGO against him.
Would you be able to sit through it?: Totally. If you’re a pop-culture nerd parent (or spinster) your jellied brain will likely do backflips with all the character references. And plus, it’s just cool.
Any scary/violent parts?: I suppose there’s technically a lot of violence in it but it’s all LEGO so it doesn’t really count. That’s like saying your dog shaking a toy in its mouth is violent.
Anything that will screw up your kid’s head?: They may think that being an orphan will lead to amazing opportunities.
Any lessons to be learned?: You can’t do everything alone, sometimes you have to rely on friends and family to get the job done.
Recommended age: 4. It’s colorful and fun and doesn’t contain much of anything that they won’t understand, except for the graphic LEGO sex scene between Alfred and Poison Ivy.
3D?: 4. Iwould say yes to 3D. We saw it in 3D and there was quite a bit of eye-popping stuff going on, especially given the nature of the animation. It’s actually one of the best presentations of 3D I’ve seen since Gravity.
Rent it, buy it or avoid it?: BUY. You know what these LEGO movies have in common? A lot of build-up. But anyway, this movie is basically wall-to-wall fun and because of the comprehensive Lego license, has some of the greatest cameos every put to film. I don’t want to spoil to much, but there are GREMLINS in it! GREMLINS!!!!! GRRRRRRRRREMMMMMMMMMMLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That alone is worth the price of admission, and I it seemed to also contain basically every DC hero and villain there is, except I don’t remember seeing Solomon Grundy. It’s probably not as good of a movie as The LEGO Movie but it’s by far the best DC-related picture since The Dark Knight. It’s actually really great as a parent in this day and age that there are so many quality family flicks. Between these LEGO movies, Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks, etc., kids are getting awesome content at the cinema that parents don’t have to be dragged by wild stallions to see. It’s a far cry from the ’80s, when all we had was garbage like The Care Bears Movie. So good for us!
The only real knock I’d have on this movie, which is really just a small nitpick, is that with all the different characters from different worlds in one place, it would have been great to see some Disney/Marvel/Star Wars in there, too, but obviously that can’t happen, and we’ll forever be robbed of our chance to see Batman fight Darth Vader and Killer Croc fight Chewbacca.
Score: 8.25 bat men (out of 10)
My Daughter’s Review: She loved it. “My favorites were Catgirl, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn.” She’s sexist.