Watch a funny video game
Loves: Legos, Batman
Likes: Video games, Lego video games
Hates: Cash grabs
This film, a term that's quite a stretch for this 71-minute presentation, is, according to the front of the case, supposed to be "based" on the second game in the Lego Batman series, but flip the box over and the truth is revealed, as this movie is made up of the cut-scenes (story moments) from the game, with some new added material to connect the dots between the scenes. Now if you played, and finished the game, you've seen the bulk of this movie already, so there's not much of a reason to give it another look, as you've had a far more immersive experience. However, if video games are not your thing, but watching Batman act like a petulant child is, then this is right up your alley.
Though there's a good deal of action on display, with Batman and company battling a giant mecha-Joker at one point, the film leans more toward the funny, with Robin serving as ever-present comic relief, always on the edge of a breakdown, and the antagonistic relationship between Bats and Supes keeping the Dark Knight frequently on-edge. The Lego conceit is never far from another brick or piece reference or joke either, which, depending on your tolerance for such things, is always welcome or a never-ending source of groans. More oftn than not, Batman's childish behavior made me laugh, because it stands in such stark contrast to his stoic crime-fighting persona, not to mention the look of the Lego mini-figs, especially the simple, yet emotive face, which just lends itself to humor.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track doesn't quite match up with the quality of the video, mostly because it lacks punch. Dialogue is crisp and easy to understand throughout, and the music is good, though a bit slight. The surround speakers get a bit of work, mainly during the big fight scenes, but there's not that much to it the rest of the time. It's very easy to ignore the side and rear speakers.
A very brief (:37) stop-motion ad for the DC Lego toys, perhaps by Barati, is followed by the top five entries into a Lego stop-motion animation contest (running a combined 14:59.) To be honest, the quality drops pretty far after the first two entries, but those two feel professional, with the second entry often coming off as funnier than the actual feature. All have some bit of charm to them that makes them worth watching.
From the "what do we have lying around here to pad out this disc" department, there are three episodes from the DC Animation series Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Teen Titans. Both shows are good fits in tone with the feature, and are enjoyable on their own, especially the retro The Brave and the Bold, which features characters you don't normally see outside of comic books. The anime-flavored Teen Titans has its fans, certainly, but it's just a bit too kiddy. The episodes included are:
The on-disc extras wrap with a set of trailers, while in the case you get a code for an Ultraviolet download/stream of the film. Also included in the package, at least in this production run, is an "exclusive" Lego minifig of Clark Kent/Superman, which means he's dressed as his reporter alter-ego, but his dress shirt is undone, revealing the iconic S underneath. It's a cute toy and it's well-detailed, making it appropriate for adding to your sets or sitting on a shelf.
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