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The LEGO Batman Movie Review: Let’s Get Nuts

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Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Team Rawlins had a great time at a VIP screening of The Lego Batman Movie in Downtown Silver Spring, MD at the Regal Majestic Stadium 20 & Imax this past weekend. The comedic superhero feature was hilarious but simultaneously emotional as it touched on the meaning of family. I encourage all Fit Fathers to plan an outing with the kids next weekend and enjoy a day of bonding. Oh yeah, Batman (Will Arnett) kept it fitness focused with his abs of steel which actually saved the day!

In theaters nationwide Friday February 10, Warner Brothers’ thesis goes like this: “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, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) 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 the opening black screen, staged with a melodramatic Batman voiceover, to the ending white screen The LEGO Movie is full of sarcasm and satire that will leave you begging for more. You and your children will be laughing at catchphrases and descriptions like sick new vehicles, Joker out, or Robin’s Tweet Tweet on the Street. Actually his manifestation is hilarious as the adopted orphan becomes a hero after adjusting Batman’s Reggae Man costume and helping dad save Gotham City which is the most crime ridden city in the world according to the new commissioner Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl. Of course she attended Harvard For Police and graduated at the top of her class. Batman adores Gordon but his social awkwardness keeps things weird throughout the movie.

Batman, who also happens to be the greatest orphan of all time faces off again with The Joker aka the Crown Prince of Crime, but refuses to acknowledge him as a nemesis — even telling The Joker that they are nothing and have no relationship — to the point where the supervillain’s feelings are hurt leading to the shedding of a few tears. Of course The Joker retreats into hibernation while devising a master plan that will congregate every desperado or evil allstar you can think of from The Gremlins, to Medusa to King Kong. Other shady characters include The Riddler, Two-Face, Catwoman, Clayface, Poison Ivy, The Penguin, Lord Voldemor, Condiment King, and many more. It all begins when they break into the energy plant to take over Gotham City until Batman once again thwarts their plans with his 9-pack of abs while singing a self written hero song dubbed “Let’s Get Nuts” with lyrics like “who does the sickest backflips, Batman” and “who always pays their taxes? Batman.”

But after every successful mission he goes back to a lonely, island Batcave with Alfred Pennyworth, all of his toys and gadgets (Bat Sub, Bat Train, Batmobile aka the Speedwagon), a home theater where he watches sensitive love movies, and every other amenity that makes for a billionaire lifestyle. Yet, Batman is sad and feels alone but loves to pity himself. Alfred reminds the hero of his greatest fear but Batman continues to deny the inevitable. To offset this “low end theory” Batman works on his abs, pushups and fitness focused goals. In fact, much of his wisdom and advice to friends, foes, and even the kids at the local orphanage is based on taking care of your abs. I wholeheartedly agree!

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