On Monday night we were given tickets for an advanced screening of The Lego Batman Movie which releases in the theaters to the general public on Friday February 10 (2017). It was lucky my husband was traveling on business that night because my son was absolutely dying to go and I had only 2 tickets. It is a funny thing too, because he has been rather anti-superhero his whole life but he really wanted to see this! He couldn’t wait!
The movie opens with the Joker trying to take over the city. He has teamed up with all of the villains from the Batman series and they have planted a bomb on one of the reactors at the power plant. The movie starts off with lots of action as Batman saves the day (it would be a short movie if he didn’t). He is loving his life, being a hero, doing what he wants, and avoiding any kind of “ship”….aka relationship. It seems his deep rooted broodiness and loaner attitude stems from losing his parents so many years ago and has resulted in his fears of losing more people he loves. He has convinced himself that all superheros lead a solitary life and is surprised when he finds they actually don’t and have strong bonds with one another (this is a really funny scene actually – there are cameos by other superheroes like Superman, Wonder Woman and several others). The story brings more people into his life, and begrudgingly he starts to accept them. Robin steals the show and adds such fun comic relief as well as several touching moments which really add to the movie. Meanwhile, the Joker really wants a “relationship” with Batman too and this is leading him to go to extremes to become Batman’s true “arch nemesis”. He wants to be the “bad guy Batman hates the most”. The Joker is teaming up with even more “Baddies” and I loved that they brought in characters from loads of other fantasy and Sci-fly shows and movies including Harry Potter, Dr. Who, King Kong and many more. This is not your typical Batman movie!
All of this is going on along with loads of humor that is suitable for both kids and adults. I didn’t see anything there that made me rethink taking my 9-year old. In fact he said, “one thing I really loved about that movie is there was no kissing!” I am not sure where that came from, but there you have it. The “butt” jokes are plentiful, so that is the only thing that might come back to haunt parents in the days following.
I thought the graphics were wonderful and there was tons to keep you interested. I bet I will see new things each time I watch the movie because I know we will be seeing this again. The story keeps moving but felt a little thin in some places. More than anything though, it was just plain funny – we laughed a lot. One thing I really loved were the throw backs to the previous 60 years going all the way back to the old tv show from the 60s. That was really fun to see despite it leaving me feeling a bit old!
Kid’s review is 5 out of 5 stars
Mom’s review is 4 out of 5 stars
We recommend the movie to anyone looking for a good laugh! Check it out starting this Friday!
We were given free admittance to this movie. All opinions are our own and we were not required to write a positive review. It was just fun!