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The LEGO Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay, and it features the voice talents of Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, and Zach Galifianakis. It’s a spin-off of the extremely popular LEGO Movie from about three years ago. It follows Bruce Wayne/Batman as he attempts to stop the Joker’s evil plan while simultaneously taking care of the orphan that he accidentally adopted.
The LEGO Batman Movie proves that The LEGO Movie wasn’t a one-time hit. This movie manages to capture the creativity and immense sense of fun that was brought about by the first film. The LEGO Batman Movie feels like a movie that takes place in the same universe as The LEGO Movie, yet it stands on its own enough that it manages to have its own personality.
The best part about this movie was how creative and funny it was. It keeps the same type of humor from its predecessor, and it places it in Gotham City. It focuses entirely around Batman and all of the characters that surround him, and that sense of humor worked very well in that universe. I was a little concerned going into this movie because this version of Batman was a supporting character in The LEGO Movie, and I was unsure if he could carry an entire film on his own. Fortunately, this film doesn’t suffer from that at all. It shows that if done right, spin-offs can be almost if not just as good as the original.
Probably the most unexpected thing about this movie, to me, was the amount of heart that it had. Based on the trailers, you’d expect this movie to be an hour and forty-five minutes of Batman making superhero jokes. While Batman does make a lot of jokes in the movie, it was the emotion at the film’s core that brings it to the next level. There are moments in this film, particularly towards the end, where you might find yourself having to wipe away a couple of tears, which was surprising but very welcome.
The voice cast in this film added yet another layer of humor to it. First off, Will Arnett is great as the voice of Batman. His version of Batman is so much different than any other version that we’ve seen or heard before. Almost all of the versions of Batman we’ve seen before are extremely serious and brooding. However, Arnett’s version has much more sarcasm and vanity to it. As far as the rest of the voice cast goes, they all were wonderful, particularly Michael Cera as Robin. One voice I was really looking forward to hearing was Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face. Unfortunately, he had an extremely small role, so we didn’t really get much of him.
The thing that stands out the most about The LEGO Batman Movie is how much fun it is. There are points in this film where its overall attitude and tone reminded me of that of Deadpool (if Deadpool were rated PG and made out of LEGOs). This film pokes fun at Batman’s previous on-screen adventures and it isn’t afraid to laugh at itself a little bit too. I won’t spoil anything, but some of the jokes and little jabs in this film will have you dying of laughter.
Overall, I thought The LEGO Batman Movie was an extremely funny and enjoyable experience at the theater. If you’re a fan of The LEGO Movie and enjoy that type of humor, I would very highly recommend checking this out. Even if you’re just a fan of Batman in general, which most people are, I think that you can have a great time at the theater with this movie. It manages to recapture the awesomeness of the first LEGO Movie, yet it stands on its own really well. If you’re looking for a good laugh at the theater this weekend, you’ll find that in The LEGO Batman Movie.
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Moana is the latest film from Disney Animation, and it features the voice talents of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Rachel House, and Temuera Morrison. It tells the story of Moana, the daughter of the leader of a tribe of people living on an island in the Pacific. When food supplies dwindle and the island starts dying, Moana sails across the ocean seek the demigod Maui for help.
Moana was a heartwarming film that fits extremely well with the other Disney “Princess” films. Disney is known for their fun animated films. Moana is a film that follows that trend, but it stills stands on its own. Disney makes great animated films that are similar, yet they are different enough to be their own entity. They don’t recycle all of their material from film to film. Disney’s originality is what makes films like Moana incredibly enjoyable.
Disney has done a fantastic job making their “princess” films take place throughout a variety of places with all sorts of people. Moana takes place throughout the Pacific Islands. Not only that, but they also enlisted Pacific Islanders as the leads in the film with “The Rock” as Maui, and newcomer Auli’i Cravalho as Moana. Disney was able to really capture a Pacific feel in Moana. It didn’t feel like a Disney Princess film featuring islands. Disney was able to portray the cultures of the Pacific Islands very well through this film.
As with almost any animated film from Disney, Moana features many different songs. These songs, in my opinion, were one of the standout parts of the film. They don't all hit it out of the park, but there are several songs from this film fantastic. In fact, after seeing this film, I was compelled enough to even purchase one of them to listen to. Also, “The Rock” does sing in this film, and he is actually a really good singer. Though, I wonder how much of it was actually him. If it was edited later on, Disney did a really good job making it convincing.
The only real complaint I have with this film is a character that shows up about half way through. They show up, sing a song and everything, and it was blatant that they were just to make kids laugh. For lack of a better word, the character was a little cringe-worthy at times. Granted, this character appears again at the end of the credits for another short laugh, and the joke made is actually really funny.
There are a lot of really good messages throughout this film. Moana portrays really well how to be an individual and chase your dreams, while simultaneously loving and appreciating your family. However, there’s much more to this film than that. There is a lot more to be said about the themes in this film, but that would be heading into spoiler territory. This film is one that can pleasantly surprise a lot of people by the amount of heart that it has.
Moana is yet another great film to come from Disney Animation. It features great songs, fun characters, and an interesting plot that is sure to entertain everyone in your family. You don’t even need to be with your family to see this. Anybody can enjoy this film no matter who they’re with. This year’s Best Animated Feature category at the Oscars was already a close race, but Moana just made it even more so.
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Storks is the latest animated film from Warner Bros. Animation. It is written and directed by Nicholas Stoller alongside Doug Sweetland. It features the voices of Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Jennifer Aniston, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele.
The story centers around a company run by storks. They used to deliver babies, but now they deliver packages, as it is more profitable. When one stork in particular accidently ends up in possession of a child, he and an orphan that lives at the company must try and find this baby’s home.
Storks may be one of the biggest pleasant surprises of the year so far. It’s an incredibly fun family film that has moments of enjoyment not only for kids but for their parents as well.
This film is the definition of a family movie. There are so many underlining themes about what it means to be a family throughout this film that would be difficult to imagine watching it without a family member. There are many different themes throughout this film, and they all serve a purpose.
If you can get past the first fifteen to twenty minutes of this film, then you’re in the clear. The opening of this film was rough. It almost immediately feels like the kind of film that is made exclusively for kids and anybody else would be checking their watches constantly throughout it. However, after that initial fifteen to twenty minutes, this film becomes much, much better.
The voice talents in this film did very good jobs, particularly Andy Samberg. In fact, he did such a good job that I didn’t even realize it was him until about half way through the film. The rest of the voice cast also fit their roles really well, especially Key and Peele as the two wolves. Those wolves provided some of the most absurdly entertaining parts in the film.
This film does have some major weaknesses in it. One, in particular, comes in the form of a pigeon. This pigeon may be one of the most annoying characters in an animated film recently. He was such an unnecessary piece to this puzzle, and it was painfully obvious that he was there exclusively to make five-year-olds laugh. Granted, this is an animated film, but it’s more of a family film than a kid film. The inclusion of this character might make the kids laugh, but to adults, it’s cringe worthy.
The plot in the film is pretty predictable at times. As you might expect, they run into problems along the way and they overcome those problems fairly quickly. The overarching antagonistic force throughout the film was very weak, and it made the plot a little less interesting. Also, throughout the film, it cuts away to the family that the baby is to be delivered to. The story with that family had some good lessons to it, but it didn’t add anything to the overall plot.
The biggest thing I have to say about Storks is that it features one of the best fight scenes in an animated film that I’ve ever seen. They showed it a little in the trailers, I won’t spoil it here. All I will say is that it was incredibly clever, and it made for probably the funniest moment of the film.
Storks was by no means an amazing movie. I was expecting this movie to be sort of mediocre, and I was pleasantly surprised. It was a really enjoyable family film. The voice actors all did very good jobs, the themes about family worked well, and it features one of the best fight scenes in an animated film. I thought Storks was extremely clever, and I would definitely recommend it.
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Well, I suppose it wouldn’t really be moviegoers, rather than TV watchers. That is because today, I decided to talk about one the strangest TV shows I’ve ever seen, Rick and Morty. There is something about this show that seems to draw people into it. Being on Adult Swim, the animated show can feel free to do basically whatever it wants to do, and it wants to be different. So what is it that really makes Rick and Morty such an interesting show? It’s a difficult question to answer, but here’s what I came up with.
I think it’s important to note that Rick and Morty is definitely not a show for everyone. As I mentioned above, it airs on Adult Swim so the humor can be pretty crude at times. That being said, through the atmosphere created by the showrunners, it works extremely well.
This show is, at its core, the definition of absurdity, but not in a bad way. Rick and Morty is absurd in the fact that they do things that you’d never expect to see in an animated show. There is so much to this little bundle of irregularity. On the surface, it’s a science-fiction animated show. But in reality, they take a ridiculous premise, and somehow inject just the right amount of heart to make the audience love it. The individual plotlines in the episodes of this show are so creative, that you can’t help but be glued to the screen in an odd mixture of confusion and wonder. Whether it’s by having an entire planet where literally everything is on a cob, or by attempting to save the life of a homeless man by entering the miniature theme park built inside him, the showrunners of Rick and Morty always come up with new and outlandishly innovative ways to forward their plot.
Rick and Morty is only two seasons in, and it has already created a hugely passionate fan base. People that watch this show often get so into it that they feel the need to show it to all their friends (I'm talking from personal experience here). Rick and Morty didn’t become popular because of a strong ad campaign, but rather because of word-of-mouth. People love to talk about this show and all of its strange happenings, and for good reason. This show knows how ridiculous it is, and it builds upon that.
What really keeps the whole show together is its characters. It’s main duo, Rick, and Morty, are loosely based on Doc Brown and Marty from Back to the Future. Morty is sort of the audience surrogate. He is a 14-year-old boy who is the grandson to Rick. Morty is a very relatable character to the audience. He asks questions the audience might be thinking and voices the general thoughts from the audience during these crazy situations. Rick, on the other hand, is the one that usually causes said crazy situations. He’s Morty’s grandpa, and he is a scientific genius. He often takes Morty with him on his adventures to parallel dimensions, other planets, and sometimes, even to school. The dynamic between these two is what makes this show so great. Add in the fact that Morty’s parents and sister, Summer, are also big parts of the show, and you start to realize this isn’t just a science-fiction show. It has really deep meanings in it, particularly about family. The family in Rick and Morty is an odd one, to say the least, but they are a family, and that’s one of the main points I think the show is trying to make.
So, if you haven’t watched Rick and Morty, I would certainly recommend it. It’s probably the most original show on TV right now. You’ll definitely be entertained by its ridiculous premises and the surprising amount of heart. It has some of the weirdest characters you’ll ever see, but it’s sure to make you laugh. We have yet to get a release date for the third season, but we know the writers are hard at work making it their best yet. Hopefully, it lives up to its potential.
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