Box Office: Newcomers Crushed by ‘LEGO Batman’, ‘Fifty Shades’

The box office was home to three new wide releases this weekend. Unfortunately, none of them broke through and the big holdovers reigned supreme. The LEGO Batman Movie (Nick’s review) topped the charts with nearly $35 million added to its total. And Fifty Shades Darker (my review) pulled in another $20 million. Suffice to say, both of […]

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Sorry Batfleck, Lego Batman is the only Dark Knight that matters now

The smart animated spinoff has a far better understanding of the character’s essential mythology than last year’s silly, swaggering Batman v Superman

In the 1960s there was never any doubt who was Batman. Cuddly crimefighter Burt Ward, equipped with Toys ‘R’ Us batsuit and ACME shark repellent, was the only Dark Knight in town. These days Warner Bros seems determined to assault us with an army of caped crusaders of all shapes and sizes. On TV there’s teenage Batman, or at least Bruce Wayne, in the weeny form of Gotham’s David Mazouz. The DVD and download realm is owned by small screen Bat-veteran Kevin Conroy, most recently showing up in controversial Alan Moore adaptation The Killing Joke. At the multiplexes there’s Batfleck himself, a six-foot-four colossus of raging testosterone and Superman-baiting alternative facts prone to bouts of totally unnecessary ultra-violence against male and female enemies alike.

Related: Batman: The Killing Joke and why you can’t just ‘update’ sexist source material

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ is a pop-culture feast that also gives good Batman


Mashing up two brands can be a great way to make neither seem appealing: Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, Men in Black and 21 Jump Street, the Flintstones and the Schmoo — you get the nausea … errr, the idea.

And that’s the inherent risk of The Lego Batman movie, in which Warner Bros. takes two of its most potent film-franchise brands — one relatively new and developing, the other time-tested and fool-proof — throws them into a blender and hits frappé.

Have no fear, people of Gotham! What comes out is a whirlwind of comic-book and comedic delightsThe Lego Batman Movie is hysterical and irreverent, yes, but also visually captivating, with big screen-worthy action and the best new bat-vehicle since the Batmobile itself (it’s called the Scuttler, and you’ll soon be seeing it on a Christmas list near you). Read more…

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The Lego Batman Movie: trailer for superhero spin-off – video

The Lego Batman Movie finds the Dark Knight not only dealing with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of the boy he adopted. Starring Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera and Rosario Dawson, the brick-based adventure is released in US and UK cinemas on 10 February

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The Lego Batman Movie review – relentlessly funny superhero parody

Will Arnett voices a brilliantly gruff, macho, humourless Dark Knight in this expressive, cinematic and subversive Gotham City satire

It was already brave of the custodians of the Batman franchise to let The Lego Movie mock their prize asset so mercilessly in 2014. The fact that they’ve doubled down with this feature-length parody suggests they figure either Batman can take it, or that he’s reached that point in the superhero cycle where it’s no longer possible to take him seriously. Either way, this gag-packed, knockabout action-adventure has a lot of fun with the character, while also broaching his pathologies in a way the “serious movies” rarely do. It doesn’t have the heart, the depth or the novelty of the first Lego movie, but it is relentlessly, consistently funny – which excuses everything.

Voiced with Christian Bale-like gruffness by Will Arnett, this is the macho, humourless, self-regarding Dark Knight we get here, who imagines he’s brilliant at everything and prefers to work alone. “Batman doesn’t do ’ships,” (as in “relationships”) he tells a crestfallen Joker, denying there’s anything special between them during a spectacular opening fight (as with its predecessor, this movie’s Lego-bricked animation is surprisingly expressive and cinematic). Afterwards, our hero goes home to an empty Batcave for some microwaved lobster, a little solo heavy-metal guitar, and a night alone in his home cinema with Jerry Maguire. He’s a bit of a loser, in other words.

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Lego Came To Life And It Was Freakier Than Expected

We all loved playing with Lego as a kid and can’t resit constructing something epic even if we get our hands on some today. So, you’d think Lego coming to life would be heaven on earth however, two guys just proved that couldn’t be further from the truth. The friends created a lifelike Lego man […]

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$15,000 Lego Sculpture Destroyed By Child At EXPO

Lego is a sensational part of our lives due to it sparking the creativity of our childhoods. Even when we grow up, we all love it… unless you stand on a piece bare-footed. When we were kids we loved building things out of bits and pieces, but we also had a love for destroying our creations too and then rebuilding it. Lego […]

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Man Tells His Love Story With His Co-Worker Through Heartwarming LEGO Video

The internet is never short of heart warming real-life stories, yet this seems to be one with a difference. One couple have shared their love story in the most unique way possible – through a LEGO video! Freelance animator Kevin Ulrich wanted to share his cute love story with the internet and chose a pretty unique […]

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