The Lego Batman Movie
2017
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Director: Chris McKay
Cast: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Hector Elizondo, Channing Tatum

Batman has become cocky, narcissistic, and disconnected from the world around him. When Gotham City’s new police commissioner no longer requires Batman’s services, and the caped crusader unwittingly adopts a fanboy, it’s time for serious introspection. The Lego Movie was an unexpected surprise. This spin-off continues with the same breakneck speed and, if possible, ups the gags per minute ratio. It brings the DC Comics superheroes into the Lego universe, or maybe it’s the other way around since Lego blocks play hardly any role in this. By the end, the list of baddies also include Sauron, Voldemort, Gremlins, Agent Smith, King Kong, and many others. So, there is a lot going on, probably too much. The movie is consistently funny but visually cluttered.