Lego Batman

Reviewed
Tue. 2/21/17
Lego Batman
4
Acting
3.5
3.5/5
Morality
4
4/5
Music
4.5
4.5/5
Story
4
4/5
Visuals
4.5
4.5/5
Kernel Factor
3.5
3.5/5
Great laughs for the family and a creative spark for Mom and Dad
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
Theater
Viewing Crew:
Friend(s)
Times Watched:
2
Genre:
Kids/Family
Payment Method:
Regular Ticket
Review:

The LEGO movie was a game-changer for me. I didn't think I could laugh that hard or be so caught-up in a creative and heartfelt story. So, this film had A LOT to live up to. There are few films that I can recall that started so HOT like this film. It has you all-in from the start. Will Arnett and the loveable LEGO minifigures are so funny and well-scripted. The script is pretty solid throughout. But after the first 10min the hot-start fades and you're watching a good, heartfelt animated movie. There are moments where I'm sure I needed to be a better DC/comic fan to understand some of the punchlines, but since I'm not I'll just come out and say that superhero movies (even ones like this) are very tough for me to love. Ironically, having just watched Arrival (which has a ridiculously strong theme) this movie rivals it with an even stronger theme (you can't do it alone. You need support/friends). It's sort of nauseating, but also a good reminder in a very individualistic society. They definitely miss an opportunity to go into the "real-world" which bummed me out, but overall this is a great movie. *I rented this movie again in July 2017, and I updated my "Visual" score to 4.5, because of how super dark the film is - a higher level of contrast would've definitely helped. My wife literally hates this movie and made us turn it off, but I'll keep the rest of my scores in tact. 

Acting
Will Arnett's voice gets annoying and there are some poor casting decisions from my perspective. However, the characters overall are well-scripted and bring the punchline when we need it.
Morality
Lots of unneccesary violence, but then again, that's how playing with LEGOs is sometimes lol. That being said, the theme reinforces friendship and supporting each other. Batman and Joker "hate" each other and it's sort of strange how that comes across - I would have to ask a kid if they understand that humor.
Music
This is when licensing works! Great song selections and some funny, catchy originals as well. 
Story
Well done. I wish I could've seen what some of their other ideas were. I'm disappointed we didn't go into the "real-world" - this film needed that to bring in the creativity of the human mind and relate to those who "play" with LEGOs like this.
Visuals
It's worth watching just to see the visuals. It will look dated one day, but in 2017 this is a marvel to watch visually.
Kernel Factor
Superhero movies, even LEGO ones, are hard for me to love. There's something in this that simply builds/makes fun of an already existing franchise. They were self-aware to know that and they handled it well, but if this series of films is to continue I want to see more original content (LEGO movie) not spin-offs of licenses.

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