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The Lego Batman Movie Review

Title: The Lego Batman Movie

Director: Chris McKenna

Voice Cast: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes

Genre: 3D computer animated action comedy

The spin-off to the 2014 film ‘The Lego Movie’ chooses DC Comics’ most popular superhero as protagonist: Batman. Bruce Wayne, in Legoland, will embark on a personal journey to acknowledge the importance of relationships with adopted children, platonic lovers, as well as long-time friends and enemies.

The script of ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ was written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern and John Whittington, and harps upon the importance of teamwork and friendship, as the hero in disguise saves Gotham City one more time from a hostile takeover set carried out by his legendary opponent: The Joker.

The entire plot has some amusing moments of mockery towards the history of film (especially romantic comedies such as ‘Jerry Maguire’), and teases the glorification of the comic book heroes that have inundated movie theaters in the past few years. There is an amorous tribute to the character of Batman, especially when the Lego-Alfred goes down memory lane reminding Mr Wayne of his previous identity crises, listing the years that refer to all the previous Batman movies.

The A-list actors, who are part of the voice cast, overplay their brick alter egos, throughout the entire erratic and fatiguingly goofy-looney adventure. Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes, parodically animate the Lego characters, further helping the sales of the popular children’s game.

Technical: B

Acting: C+

Story: C-

Overall: C+

Written by: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi is a storyteller, who speaks and writes fluently in English, Italian, French and Spanish. She is member of the Italian Association of Journalists and of the Foreign Press in New York City. She studied in a British school in Milan, from nursery to high school, after which she graduated in Political Sciences, got a Masters in screen-writing and film production and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles.

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