Lego Batman

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A myriad of colors, characters, and chaos abound in the animated “LEGO Batman” movie. Every character in the DC comic books appears to be on speed in this film. I grew up with DC and Marvel comics so I know most of the characters and all of them seem to be in this film but it moves at such a rapid rate that I wasn’t aware of many of them until I saw the credits at the end of the film.

LEGO Batman stars in his own big-screen sequel to the 2014 hit “The LEGO Movie.”  There are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if Batman wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman will have to learn to work with others. No man is an island, not even Batman.

Will Arnett returns as Batman. Zach Galifianakis is the Joker. Conan O’Brien is the Riddler. Mariah Carey is the voice of Mayor McCaskill, Michael Cera plays Robin. Jonah Hill is the Green Lantern. Channing Tatum is Superman and Ralph Fiennes is Alfred Pennyworth.

“LEGO Batman” was directed by Chris McKay.

This is a VERY witty script full of jokes, gags and witticisms; surprisingly so because there were so many writers. That is usually a sign of a bad script but this one was very humorous. The screenplay was written by Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna &Erik Summers and Jared Stern & John Whittington. The character of Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. The Superman character was created by Joe Shuster and Terry Siegel.

When listing writers if you use “and” it denotes two writers wrote separately. If you use an ampersand (&), it means they wrote together. So basically, two writing teams and a lone writer each wrote or changed this script in some way and all of them wrote the screenplay based on characters created in DC comics.

The colors in this movie were very bright which is unusual in Batman films both live action and animated. Normally, the lighting for Superman films is bright and Batman films are darker. This was a surprise to me and threw me off a little.

The fun begins even before you think the movie starts. I think that this is a film for the kids but there are so many jokes and funny lines in this film that most adults will enjoy it too. My only problem with it was the pace. It was so fast and there were so many characters flying around that I had a hard time keeping track of who was doing what to whom. It isn’t as good as the original LEGO movie but it is entertaining. A side note, Batman whined a little too much.

The “LEGO Batman” movie will open Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12, AMC Eastgate Showplace 6 and Dougherty Theater’s Jerseyville Stadium.

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