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Classic Calamity With The Caped Crusader

Luke Myslik, Staff Writer

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Warner Bros. released The LEGO Movie in February 2014, and we all thought that from the trailer that it was going to be a 90-minute long toy commercial made just to promote a popular product. But surprisingly, it wasn’t. It was not only one of the most surprising movies I’ve ever seen, but it was also an original and hysterically funny movie, with clever jokes and puns, ground-breakingly stylistic animation, a load of grin-inducing moments, quotable lines, and memorable characters. Three years passed and we were still waiting for what The LEGO Movie franchise was going to give us next, and our waiting was rewarded with the most hilarious and entertaining animated film of the year so far: The LEGO Batman Movie.

The film features The Dark Knight himself, Batman, saving Gotham City from its most evil villains. The problem with Batman, though, is that he’s kind of a humorously self-obsessed narcissist who really doesn’t connect with people around him, especially his greatest enemy, The Joker. When Batman denies the fact that he and The Joker have a hero-villain bond with each other, The Joker has a breakdown that causes him to hatch a maniacal plan that consists of gathering the most dangerous villains of all time to take over Gotham City. It’s up to Batman to not only rally with those around him, but to get the help he truly needs to stop the dastardly deeds of The Joker.

Ultimately, The LEGO Batman Movie is a parody of every Batman Movie, basically satirizing and making fun of Batman’s film history, and this movie does a fantastic job of poking fun at Batman’s previous films. From Adam West’s Batman The Movie in the 60s, to Tim Burton’s Batman films in the 80s, to Joel Schumacher’s Batman movies in the 90s, to Christopher Nolan’s well-known Dark Knight Trilogy in the early 2000s, all the way to Zack Snyder’s 2016 movie, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Heck, it not only does that, but it also makes hysterical jokes about other films in the DC Universe like last year’s Suicide Squad. All the jokes used in the movie are used with cleverness, and most of the jokes that the movie throws at you will make you laugh hard.

Speaking of which, the characters in the movie are memorable and they all have their moment to shine. Ranging from Will Arnett as the stoic and egotistical Batman, to the bright, delightful Robin voiced by Michael Cera, to Zach Galifianakis’s humorous The Joker. Other performances from Ralph Fiennes as Batman’s sophisticated butler, Alfred, and Rosario Dawson as the by-the-book Barbara Gordon (a.k.a. Batgirl) do a really great job as their characters.

The LEGO Batman Movie, like its previous film (The LEGO Movie), has top-notch animation. This film has beautiful CG work, as seen with the characters and the whole town of Gotham City, and alongside it, the film also has a very bright and pretty color scheme, mixing vibrant colors with darker ones to make the film more beautiful and colorful.

Funny, witty, and incredibly clever throughout, The LEGO Batman Movie is not only one of the best animated films of the year, but quite possibly the best Batman movie ever created under the DC property, since 2008’s The Dark Knight. It’s an animated film for everyone to enjoy–not just fans of the Caped Crusader. This movie is well worth your money and time.

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