Blu-ray Review: The LEGO Batman Movie
Feistily clicking the linked bricks between The LEGO Movie’s 2014 freshman franchise and the eagerly anticipated 2019 continuing saga,“The LEGO Batman Movie” is fast-paced, fun, flamboyant, and above all funny. And while, yes, the maniacal magic and madcap meanderings of this wacky bat can be overwhelming in certain scenes, Arnett and his talented entourage prove that even a character as beloved and broken as the dark knight can find a lighter side.
Superb writing and rapid fire one-liners set the pace of the film, all delivered by a talented voice cast who are certainly no strangers to the formula. Arnett energetically reprises his role as the mini masked crusader, growling one-liners faster than a thrown batarang. Michael Cera brings his “perpetual virgin” persona to a wide-eyed Robin; Zach Galifianakis is the baddie du jour as hokey-jokey Joker, and hilarious performances by Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Jenny Slate, Doug Benson, Conan O’Brien, and Billy Dee Williams round out the excitement.
As was its predecessor film, and indeed all things Lego, the LEGO Batman Movie is tons of fun and extremely engaging no matter what the age of its audience. Like the one-liners of the film, the extras menu is chock full of golden nuggets, from original animation shorts which turned the improv musings of Arnett and others into little animated gems to a robust set of featurettes all poised to explain the inner workings of the film’s production. Most of the extras can be taken at their respective title face values, but some of the major extras highlights would include the “One Brick At A Time” making-of featurette, which takes viewers behind the scenes to explore the animation process and meet the animators of the film; the “Brick By Brick” voice cast featurette, where viewers are invited to meet the voice cast of the film; and the “Behind The Brick” character featurette, where individual characters from the film lay out self-serving plot lines and skewed views of the film. So with zany leads of both heroes and villains and armed to the teeth with shark repellent, “The LEGO Batman Movie” is a magically colorful ride on the mini-fig side.
Studio Synopsis: In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble—LEGO Batman—stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
Studio: Warner Bros.
Running Time: 104 minutes
Number of Disks: 2
– Original Animation Shorts:
– Dark Hoser
– Batman is Just Not That Into You
– Cooking with Alfred
– Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?
– The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short
– Deleted Scenes
– One Brick at a Time: Making the Lego Batman Movie
– Inside Wayne Manor
– Brick by Brick: Making of the LEGO Batman
– Behind the Brick
– Me and My Mini Fig
– Comic Con Panel
– Rebrick Contest Winners
– Film Trailers
– Lego Life Trailer
– Social Promos:
– Follow Me Online
– Don’t Skip
– Happy Holidays Jingle
– Batsby New Year’s
– Team Cutdown
– Director and Crew Commentary
Voice Cast: Will Arnett | Michael Cera | Rosario Dawson | Ralph Fiennes | Zach Galifianakis | Jenny Slate | Jason Mantzoukas | Conan O’Brien | Doug Benson | Billy Dee Williams | Zoë Kravitz | Kate Micucci | Riki Lindhome | Eddie Izzard | Chris Hardwick
Director: Chris McKay
Central Writers: Seth Grahame-Smith | Chris McKenna | Erik Sommers | Jared Stern | John Whittington
Theatrical Release: February 10, 2017
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: June 13, 2017
Genre: Animation | Action | Adventure
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE
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