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The Lego Batman Movie | MercatorNet | June 2, 2017 |

The Lego Batman Movie
| MercatorNet | June 2, 2017 |

The Lego Batman Movie

Action, humour, and unrelenting self-irony.
Rachele Mocchetti | Jun 2 2017 | comment 

The Lego Batman Movie ****
Directed by Chris McKay; screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith
With the voices of Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes and Zach Galifianakis; 104’; USA 2017.
When Gotham City is in danger and the police don’t know what to do, there is only one person to call: Batman. He’s the city’s superhero, loved by the citizens and feared by the criminals. But when he goes back to his enormous mansion, Batman (Bruce Wayne) is alone. Used to hiding his real identity, he lives as a secretive billionaire with his butler Alfred.
But his routine is stopped one night during a gala in which he not only adopts, by mistake, a young orphan named Dick, but even finds out that commissioner Gordon, who has reached the age of retirement, is going to be replaced as chief of police by his daughter, the charming Barbara Gordon. When the Joker comes back to attack the city with a plan to permanently subjugate it to the villains, Batman will have to fight once again to defend it. But this time, he’ll have something to lose…
After the success of The Lego Movie, the world’s most popular toy bricks return to the theatres with their characters. This time, there is no protagonist but Batman himself.
For once, we have an animated movie that doesn’t just stick to putting together a series of more-or-less hilarious gags with a few action scenes. There is a story, a protagonist going through a journey of change, maybe not particularly original, but effective nonetheless. The authors manage to tackle the theme of abandonment trauma and its overcoming without ever weighing the story down too much.
Through the encounter with Barbara Gordon and the involuntary adoption of Dick, Batman goes from an egocentric universe (in the literal sense of the word: a daily life that has the ego of the hero as its only gravitational center) to seeing the world from a family perspective. Little by little, the protagonist conquers his fears and learns to trust those who care about him.
One of the best aspects of the movie is its unrelenting self-irony. The Lego Batman lovingly teases his flesh-and-bone alter ego, ridiculing his perfect and fit body and the pretentiousness of a billionaire who can afford everything he desires. Younger audiences will hardly get the references, even when very blatant (for example, the intelligent use of very short frames from the old movies dedicated to the superhero), to the decades-long cinematic history of the Batman character, but they will get plenty of laughs from the jokes the film is full of.
Even the action sequences are really impressive and emphasize the ductility of the bricks, which through thousands of different combinations can create anything in the hands of the protagonists.
In the end, The Lego Batman Movie is an excellent compromise for an audience of both adults and children.
Problematic elements: A couple of lines about LGBT parenthood.
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June 2, 2017

Leading our varied menu of articles today is an account of transgender politics in the Canadian province of Alberta as it affects schools, and how this change has been handled by one particular family.
Wayne Ottenbreit is a marriage and family therapist in Calgary as well as a guidance counsellor in one of the city’s school districts. He writes, as one would expect of such a professional, in a calm but forthright manner about the personal and professional risks of resisting an irrational but powerful movement, especially when others who can see its wrong-headedness are too afraid to say so.
But he also sets out reasons for hope and suggests a way forward:
In tending our own patches of soil the most effective tool is confident courage - exercised in relationships that educate hearts and minds. This is the antithesis of withdrawal from culture. This is to enter into the messiness of human living and encounter dissimilar others, with charity and truth harnessed together.
It’s a sturdy and wise article and I suggest you will profit far more from reading it than from any of the thousands of articles on offer right now about Donald Trump’s shock-horror repudiation of the Paris Climate Change Accord.

Carolyn Moynihan 

Deputy Editor, 


How gender became political, and the political became personal

By Wayne J. Ottenbreit
One family’s engagement with the new identity culture.

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Senator Sasse has questions and answers about freedom and virtue

By Sheila Liaugminas
Now that his provocative new book is out, more people are noticing.

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‘Why I am a Jew’

By Michael Cook
A leading British rabbi explains his faith in a short animated video

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The Lego Batman Movie

By Rachele Mocchetti
Action, humour, and unrelenting self-irony.

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Facebook enters the population mapping game

By Marcus Roberts
Does this mean census forms are a thing of the past?

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Grandmother bridges generation gap

By Jennifer Minicus
Henry likes to take his time.

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A Christian abortion doctor? On the ignorance, arrogance, and violence of the Pro-Choice cause

By Charles K. Bellinger
An abortion doctor's inadequate apologia.

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The engagement ring loses its sparkle

By Helena Adeloju
Whoever said 'Diamonds are forever' hadn't reckoned with the millennials.

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Re-opening the apology book

By Raymond J. de Souza
Canadian Premier Trudeau wants (another) papal 'sorry' to First Nations people.

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It’s a hashtag world of sentiment

By Barbara Lilley
But does it do any good to the victims we are so publicly sorry for?

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Exclusive: Trump to get Nobel Peace Prize

By Michael Cook
Norwegian committee has buyer regret after Obama experience

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