the lego batman movie

Needless to say, this isn't your typical Batman movie. This is a more comedic take on the character, that isn't above tossing references to other versions of Batman, all the pop-culture jokes that are mentioned, and the inside-jokes of fan service. It's also set in the Lego Movie universe, so die-hard comic book fans might have issues with how these classic characters are portrayed in this movie, compared to the more traditional takes. In terms of logic, the story goes into very absurd and ridiculous places, that asks the audience to just go with it even if it doesn't make sense. If all that sounds like the movie you wanted this to be, then congratulations, you should have a lot of fun with this. 

Will Arnett as Batman is fantastic here, and really carries the movie splendidly. I like that this movie is really not above making fun of the lead character, and still gets to do some character deconstructing that leads to an aspect of the Batman persona that is hardly talked about in other movies. I also really enjoyed how it poked fun at the "relationship" Batman has with The Joker; played by Zach Galifianakis. Then there's also Alfred, Dick Grayson, and Barbara Gordon, as well as all the many other characters, that either adds greatly to the story, or are at least there for some comedic scene. 

As with most comedies, the jokes in this movie can be hit or miss. I would say that there are more hits than misses, but some jokes will just fly over a lot of people's heads. The visuals are unsurprisingly great, and the Lego aesthetic and animation style is just so entertaining to watch. Like I implied earlier, the story can go all over the place; for the sake of comedy, but not wanting to ignore that "kid's movie" aspect of it all, there is also an overall thematic message and lesson in this one that I found to be really great. You'll come into this for the laughs, but you might leave the movie learning something worthwhile to improve your life as well. 

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