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LEGO BATMAN THE MOVIE: DC SUPERHEROES UNITE

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Recommended age 5-12
71 minutes
DVD
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At first I thought this movie would be kind of like "The Avengers." The movie turns out to be very different! All the Marvel superheroes and everything else are made out of Legos. It is more focused on Batman as a man and other heroes like Robin, Super Women, Super Man, the Green Lantern and many others.

This move has a mix of comedy which I've noticed is in every Lego movie. It has action, adventure, great actors and even a lifelong lesson - sometimes you can't do things all by yourself, you need help. There are some pretty cool structures and machines. All these structures are built out of Lego bricks so you can really build them yourself if you knew how!

The adventure begins when Bruce Wayne wins the "Man of the Year" award. If you don't know who Bruce Wayne is, he is Batman undercover. Then, the Joker commits a crime and Batman and Robin have to capture him once again. As they are trying to achieve their goal, Superman helps him. Batman gets annoyed with Superman but, at the end they work together and call in all the superheroes to defeat the Joker! If you want to know what happens at the end you must watch the movie.

What I love about this funny, action-packed film is how it shows the relationship between Robin and Batman as somewhat difficult. This isn't very good for a side-kick and a hero. At the end though, they become good friends. Also, it shows all the heroes' powers like Superman's strength and Batman's throwing skills. The best part for me is how everything is made out of Legos. And, as in most Lego movies, there are cool animations, good actions and great voiceover actors.

My favorite scene is when the bat cave gets destroyed. It's action packed and shows Joker's "funny" side with his strange humor and his pie bombs. Superman helps them. But, the Joker and his partner Lex, who is running for president and using Joker to win election, gets away. Would you like to know how he was able to defeat Superman's power? Get a copy of this wonderful film and find out!

I recommend this film for ages 3 and up. There's really no violence or harsh language in this movie. "Lego Batman the Movie" is extremely kid-friendly. I give this movie 5 out 5 stars. You can find it on DVD everywhere now.

Reviewed by Gerry O, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Want a positive film that portrays teamwork and friendship for your superhero loving or LEGO loving child? Look no further. A LEGO movie can be a far stretch for adults to endure, but frankly this film is so action-packed and full of special effects that at times you forget that the characters are only LEGOs. On the other hand, there is a certain humor, and even awe, at some of the items that are either morphed so they can be LEGO pieces (like chemicals that are shaped as small LEGO pieces) while other things like buildings and vehicles look surprisingly realistic.

The story follows the relationships between good guys and good guys (Batman and Robin; Batman and Superman; etc.), good guys and bad guys (Batman and Lex Luther; Superman and Lex Luther; Batman and the Joker; etc.) and even bad guys and bad guys (Lex Luther and the Joker; the Joker and Cat Woman; etc.) It shows that relationships are complex and even friends and enemies can fall apart or come together based on mood and circumstance. Though, at times, I did think Batman's annoyance with Robin and Superman were somewhat overplayed.

The voice-overs in the film were fantastic and fit the characters well. There was fighting and explosions, but all in LEGO fashion - so not particularly scary for younger kids. Even kids not old enough to understand the entire plot and relationship nuances will enjoy the characters and LEGO creations.

This film is fun and exciting enough to keep an adult's interest... at least through a single preview. In the end, all of the characters have a better understanding and appreciation for one another and we learn the benefits of teamwork and patience.

When Bruce Wayne receives the man of the year award, fellow billionaire Lex Luthor becomes jealous and decides to run for President. To create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics Lex recruits the Joker to perfect a Black LEGO Destructor Ray which wreaks havoc on Gotham. As Lex destroys Batman's tech, Batman reluctantly turns to Superman for help.
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