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What's in it for the Kids?
It's Batman and Lego, together. Two things that most kids, mine in particular love. Jack has been really into Lego (especially the little men) and it's neat for them to learn a little bit more about the back story of batman that won't terrify them a la Heath Ledger Joker. This movie has fast action in toys your kids will love.
What's in it for the Adults?
Will Arnett is back reprising his role as Batman from the original Lego Movie. As a big time fan of brooding anti-heroes I was super pumped about Batman and his industrial music stylings, but the real star of this movie is Michael Cera as Robin/Dick Grayson who's interpretation of Robin is wide-eyed, innocent and fun. My runner up for best addition to the film would be Zack Galafianakis for his portrayal of The Joker, a bad guy who's feeling a little unappreciated.
Best Parts of the Movie
High action with some jokes that work for both kids and adults. This movie digs into the fight scenes really quickly, and provides some much needed insight into the ways that Batman is not always awesome. This movie pokes holes into the bat armour to show some pretty big character flaws in The Dark Knight in a new and refreshing way. Kids will learn from the "team" based approaches to success and look into what family can really mean. The Batman vs. Superman frenemy plot line had me laughing out loud a few times.
Worst Parts of the Movie
It felt long, and like a sequel, which it essentially was to The Lego Movie, which was much, much better. My kids normally are the annoying ones who ask lots of questions during a movie, and they were quiet, but mostly because they had nothing to say about the film good or bad. Other kids in the theatre were tantruming and acting up out of boredom. Chris fell asleep during one part of the movie. There has been no mention of the movie one way or another since by either child
I would rate this movie 2.5/5, mostly because I felt really let down after reading misleading and extremely positive reviews pretty much everywhere else. The next day I saw a friend who had seen the movie with us and she said, "Was it just me or was that movie really mediocre?" because she didn't want to complain in front of the kids. I wouldn't go out of my way to see this movie in theatres, or at all, period. I don't understand why it's still rating so high.
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