Lego Batman DVD Review and Giveaway

Lego Batman hits DVD on June 13th, and brings back the egocentric, broody Batman (Will Arnett) in all his conceited glory. Although Batman doesn't sing his theme song again, there are others that'll have you bopping and laughing along with, I mean how can one go wrong with white suits ala Backstreet Boys. After winning over audiences in The Lego movie, it was only a matter of time before Batman got his own movie, it's darker, and edgier than the Lego Movie, but lets face it, that's expected as a Batman movie and its just what we never knew we needed.

There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman wants to save the city from the Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Maybe his superhero sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) and loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) can show him a thing or two.

The Lego Batman Movie, like the Lego Movie before it, is smart, imaginative, and funny, with nonstop action. I mean a serious amount of action with villains not just from the DC universe, but pretty much every universe. And while it may take a darker turn than its predecessor, with the characters in constant peril, the stakes at an all-time high, the actual damage remains low and kid-friendly. Lego Batman doesn't take itself too seriously, going so far as to poke gentle fun at the broody “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” It's full of jokes and pop culture references that will keep adults just as entertained as the kids.

The animation is colorful and slick. The writing is inventive, proving that Legos remain fun for all ages, and the voice acting is so on point. Arnett stole the show as the Dark Knight in The Lego Movie, and he has no trouble stepping into the spot light and leading the show here. His deep voice is hypnotic while Cera's higher pitched Dick Grayson/Robin is perfectly perky, naive and hilariously pant less for most of the flick. Rosario Dawson's Barbara Gordon/Batgirl plays the cool tough-chick that you reluctantly like. Fiennes is the perfect balance of droll and fatherly while remaining vastly amusing; and Galifianakis brings a fresh quirk to his menacing Joker.

Lego Batman is pretty irresistible. It's fun and zany, with a great message about family and trust without delving into the off-putting real world that the Lego movie ventured into. It's not without its flaws. The movie while fun and enjoyable is a full length toy ad. It doesn't deliver the big feels that movies like Inside Out does, but it is full of distinct, memorable characters, plenty of growth and more laughs than should be legal for a kids movie.

The Blu-ray and DVD both have a bevy of features including 4 animated shorts, and a slew of deleted scenes. While the animated shorts are pretty funny, my favorite being “Batman Is Just Not That Into You” featuring Harley and Joker in a daytime talk show format, the deleted scenes were definitely deleted for a reason.

Now the reason that all of you are really here. Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has been nice enough to give us three (3!) copies of Lego Batman on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD to giveaway to our lovely readers. To enter: Send an email to Subject: Lego Batman with your name and address.


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