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Review:  The LEGO Batman Movie

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.  

That's the official synopsis of The LEGO Batman Movie.  That synopsis doesn't do the movie justice.

Filled with the same fun-loving irreverence that made The LEGO Movie such a runaway hit, The LEGO Batman Movie is a welcome sequel and, probably, the beginning of its own franchise.

What makes the movie so much fun, to an old Bat-Fan like me, is its willingness to embrace the 75+ year history of the Caped Crusader, hold it dear and still be willing to poke fun at it when the need arises.

Condiment King anyone?

Will Arnett remains the Batman I didn't know I wanted until I did.  His gravelly smug voice is perfect for this iteration of the character.  Arnett has spent a lot of his career playing wounded man-boys and that tradition continues with his Batman.  He brings the bluster, but also makes sure we can see the damaged man beneath the cowl.

Michael Cera's Robin is a lot of fun, as Robin should be.  Rosario Dawson's no-nonsense Barbara Gordon is a treat.  And, of course, Zach Galifianakis' Joker is Zach Galifianakis' Joker and the perfect foil for Arnett's Batman.

The LEGO Batman Movie is available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and 2-disc DVD Special Edition. The Ultra HD Blu-ray features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the film in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc of the film in high definition, and a digital version of the film in Digital HD with UltraViolet*.The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. All versions include a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet.* Fans can also own The LEGO Batman Movie via purchase from digital retailers.

Additionally, all of the special features, including interviews with filmmakers, new original shorts, featurettes, deleted scenes and 360° videos, can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When purchased digitally and redeemed on UltraViolet, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene, simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia, or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

The LEGO Batman Movie is one of those rare movies that is as enjoyable for the parents as it is for the kids.  Check it out as soon as possible.

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