Lego Batman Movie, The : Movie Review

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"The LEGO Batman Movie" is F-U-N, more than worthy of all-caps and hyphens. The second theatrically released film based on the LEGO® brand follows 2014's surprisingly inspired box-office smash "The LEGO Movie," and, as successful as that picture was, this one might be even better. The feature directorial debut of Chris McKay (TV's "Robot Chicken") is bursting with imagination, dizzyingly acerbic and consistently clever without evoking an off-putting "too-cool-for-the-room" vibe. He and screenwriters Seth Grahame-Smith (2012's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter") and Chris McKenna (2008's "Igor") & Erik Sommers make the very act of creating a new movie about the Caped Crusader look so easy one has to wonder why the various adaptations have been so hit-or-miss over the years. Setting the story in a universe where all of Batman's previous exploits coexist, from the campy 1960s Adam West television series, to Tim Burton's brooding 1989 and 1992 films, to Joel Schumacher's garishly punny 1995 and 1997 installments, to Christopher Nolan's gritty 2005, 2008 and 2012 trilogy, to Zack Snyder's divisive 2016 iteration, was a wisely inclusive choice that allows its makers to dabble in different tones and styles while avoiding the alienation of its wide swath of fans.

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