Film Review: LEGO Batman Movie
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- Published on Saturday, 04 February 2017 11:03
- Last Updated on 03 February 2017
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The storyIn 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 this new movie is a lot better than the first one, in case you were wondering. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, 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. From director Adam McKay and the creative team behind the original comes the big-screen animated adventure The LEGO Batman Movie. Will Arnett reprises his starring role from The LEGO Movie as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne; Zach Galifianakis stars as The Joker; Michael Cera as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes as Alfred. The LEGO Batman Movie is produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Roy Lee, who worked together on The LEGO Movie. The screenplay is by Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers and Jared Stern & John Whittington, story by Seth Grahame-Smith, based on LEGO Construction Toys and based on characters from DC Entertainment. Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger; Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton, Will Allegra and Brad Lewis serve as executive producers.
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The verdictThe kids truly enjoyed the film, particularly the fact that the characters were all made of their favourite bricks. The humour and the action kept them glued and entertained throughout the movie. From the parents' perspective I loved the storyline and would love to see a live action version of the LEGO Batman Movie with real actors. However I am not particularly fond of watching bricks' characters on the big screen. Anyhow it's about the kids and it was fun to see them so happy at the screening. Lego Batman is certainly much better than the first Lego Movie and the moments when I was nodding off were much less.
Kids' Club rating 10/10
London Mums' rating 5/10
Fun with Lego BatmanDiego and I enjoyed ourselves sing the LEGO Batman Movie website to create our very own LEGO character with its own name, skills, either a villain or hero and put ourselves in the batcave / other scenes from the film. The interactive site is http://sigfig.legobatman.com/intl/uk/ Here is a bad-ass female superhero!
Lego Batman booksTo coincide with the release of the film, DK has published four brand new titles: The LEGO Batman Movie: The Essential Guide, The LEGO Batman Movie: Ultimate Sticker Collection and two The LEGO Batman Movie: DK Readers (Level 1 and Level 2).
The LEGO Batman Movie: The Essential Guide offers children and fans insight into the full range of LEGO Batman Movie sets and minifigures, launching to tie in with the film’s release. The book also includes images from the movie, inviting readers to learn all about their favourite characters and relive the story time and time again.
From Robin to Batgirl, this must-have book showcases the Super Heroes from the film, along with facts and trivia on LEGO Batman’s foes including The Joker and Harley Quinn, and information on the film’s exciting vehicles and incredible locations. We really enjoyed finding out about some villains which we did not know as well as the Joker.
The LEGO Batman Movie: The Essential Guide Hardcover | 64 pages | £9.99
The LEGO Batman Movie: Ultimate Sticker CollectionIn addition to The LEGO Batman Movie: The Essential Guide, children can spend hours with The LEGO Batman Movie: Ultimate Sticker Collection. With more than 1,000 colourful and reusable stickers, fans can create exciting scenes and adventures with their favourite Super Heroes and Super-Villains, with informative captions to guide them. We have never seen so many stickers in one book at once! Priceless!
The LEGO Batman Movie: Ultimate Sticker Collection Paperback | 96 pages | £7.99| Publishing 12th January 2017 | 9780241279465
The LEGO Batman Movie: Team Batman (DK Reader Level 1)The LEGO Batman Movie: Team Batman is part of DK’s reading programme, available in four levels to help every child progress and become a confident reader. Aimed at children aged 4+ who are learning to read with support, Team Batman features limited vocabulary and repetition to engage young fans and build their literary skills. Exciting images and photo galleries allow readers to follow Batman and Robin as they save Gotham City from the hands of The Joker. It is very easy to read so even younger children can now enjoy some Batman literature. But older siblings can explain to their little bros all about their favourite superhero.
The LEGO Batman Movie: Rise of the Rogues (DK Reader Level 2)For children aged 5 + who are beginning to read independently, Rise of the Rogues follows the adventures of LEGO Batman and Robin as they stop The Joker from spreading havoc across Gotham City. As they continue to become more confident and fluent with their reading, young readers will also meet all the new characters from The LEGO Batman Movie. More details and more complex sentences are added to this level as well as more details on the superheroes for the more experienced young readers. It is a pleasant read for parents to their children.
The LEGO® Batman Movie: Team Batman / The LEGO® Batman Movie: Rise of the Rogues Hardcover | 24 pages | £4.99THE LEGO® BATMAN MOVIE © & ™ DC Comics, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., & The LEGO Group. All Rights Reserved. (s17) Previews for Lego Batman will start this weekend in UK cinemas and then the film is out on 10th February 2017.