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Movie Reaction – The Lego Batman Movie

We saw the Lego Batman Movie a couple weeks ago, and I’m not quite sure what to say about it. It was good. We enjoyed it.

It ends up as a pretty good answer to the question of “what is it like in the realm of one of the master builders?” Because that’s how you make a stand-alone movie that’s also a sequel to the Lego Movie. Batman makes for a good hero, since he was a hilarious secondary character in the original.

It also ends up a pretty good movie for exploring the question of, “who is Batman? And who is Batman in relation to others?” What Batman needs is a family. What he has no idea how to deal with is a family. This movie explores that pretty well, with the young ward, with Batgirl and the relationship with the police, and even exploring the relationship with Alfred.

All-in-all, it seems like not much to say. If you’re a Batman fan, check out the movie. If you’re a Lego Movie fan, check out the movie. But all of that also seems pretty obvious. It was good. It didn’t blow me away like the Lego Movie did, but that was probably impossible.

And then, the review circuit gave me something to talk about.

Gay Adoption Undercurrents? Really?

There’s a review that said that a simple running joke in the movie was in fact an insidious hidden political agenda. The joke is simple: when Batman is confronted by Robin about how his adopted father, Bruce Wayne, should be consulted before he runs off to be a superhero… Batman lies. Rather than reveal his secret identity, he claims that he adopted Robin along with Bruce Wayne.

It is mentioned a few times, so it becomes a running joke. There’s not really any discussion of what relationship Bruce Wayne and Batman have – just that Robin has two fathers.

In my opinion, the joke is that Batman tells an obvious lie and Robin buys it hook, line, and sinker. The joke is that he doesn’t get it. And the joke relies on the audience knowing full well what the truth is – so the audience knows, completely, that it’s not true. So any young people who might get brainwashed by any subliminal messaging there… they know it’s a lie.

But still, there’s that thought that – because no one corrects Robin of his belief in his two fathers – it’s normalizing the idea of having two fathers. But the joke relies on the absurdity of that claim – so does it actually normalize anything?

Or is it just a joke playing on the blind trust of Robin, the naivety, and the cold Batman who won’t let anyone in?

I’d love to know what you think, about this or about the movie in general!

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Favorite Lego Game Series

With playing the Lego Movie game (and with reviewing it yesterday), we have been thinking back to the Lego games in general. Hard to pick a favorite game! So instead, we present you with a choice of a favorite series.

Do you like running around Hogwarts and going to classes? Want more to do with a lightsaber? Wishing there was someone with more powers than Super Skrull? Vote in our poll!

Everything is Awesome! – My Review of The Lego Movie

I was unapologetic in being excited for The Lego Movie, it being one of my most anticipated movies of 2014. I’ve found every Lego video game to be funny, and I was expecting no less from this movie. Visually, you can do the sort of slapstick humor that you see in, say, Looney Toons – things blowing up and walking away from it.

However, I don’t think that everyone was expecting quite what we got in this movie. Clearly it was not on everyone’s radar, as it took the critic community by storm. The number of positive reviews led to people writing negative reviews just to stand out in the crowd, I imagine – or at least, led to tongue-in-cheek negative reviews like the one on The Mary Sue.

So I don’t feel like there’s much I can add to the conversation, because I don’t feel the need to implore you to go see this movie. Others have already done so, and better. However, with as much as I was looking forward to this movie, I feel I would be remiss in not at least making a few comments about it. I will avoid spoilers, as I have noticed other reviewers doing a good job of so far!

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The Nine Alignments of Batman

So for today’s post, I put my work into something other than writing. In the early character studies, I was enjoying the thoughts of figuring out characters and what their Dungeons and Dragons alignment would be. I came up with an alignment grid in this post. I think it was pretty good, and a lot of fun both for the thought that goes into it, and the creation of the final product.

I also created an alignment grid centered around the character of Wolverine here. And when you look online at full alignment grids, you see three main types, I feel like. One is the overall grid, where you try to present the best characters you can think of for each alignment. Another is the grid based on one complicated character, like The Doctor or Batman. However, I’m going for the third kind today: Nine Alignments from one fictional world.

So I give you the nine alignments, from the world of Batman. There don’t actually seem to be a lot of these, at least not ones outside of the Christopher Nolan movies. And while I am nowhere near a Batman expert, and though I thought of so many other characters, there’s still a lot of content to consider and I tried to show a bit from multiple sources. So follow on to check out the results!

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