Batman’s foes have an existential crisis in his latest outing, The LEGO Batman Movie.
Kicking off with an amazing 10-minute song-and-punch introduction, the LEGO Batman Movie not only features a bevy of villains, known and obscure — Crazy Quilt and Killer Moth! — the movie also treads into interesting meta territory.
After Batman saves another day in Gotham City, he drops a bombshell on the Joker — the Dark Knight doesn’t think the Clown Prince of Crime is his greatest foe.
Teary-eyed, the devastated supervillain escapes and begins work on a new plan to get Batman’s attention.
Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne finds himself torn against a potential love interest and a new commissioner who sees Batman as a problem. Between bouts of love and anger at Commissioner Barbara Gordon’s new plans for the city, Bruce agrees to adopt the orphan Dick Grayson.
It wasn’t my idea to rent The Secret Life of Pets.
My wife, on a whim, brought it home from a Redbox — she had a coupon for a free movie — and since we don’t watch too many movies together anymore because of our busy schedules, I made it a priority to sit down and be in front of the television while it played.
The trailers for the movie seemed uninspired, filled with tired jokes and boring sight gags. The premise — going behind the veil to see what our pets really do when we’re away — only a hair or two from Toy Story. I planned on doing other things while the movie played.
But let me tell you, I was in for a treat — The Secret Life of Pets isn’t half-bad or slightly bad. It’s actually pretty good — especially if you’re owned by a pet or two.
“I’m going to wreck it!”
That’s the catchy battle cry that Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) shouts before he starts pounding down on an 8-bit video game roof of an apartment complex.
In reality — or the complex reality of a movie about video game characters whose lives outside of their arcade cabinets don’t necessarily mimic the roles they inhabit during their day jobs — Ralph’s a pretty nice guy, well-meaning yet unhappy to carry the stigma of being his video game’s main villain.
Ostracized by the apartment tenants, Ralph comes to find that a celebration’s being held for Felix, the game’s hero, in honor of the game’s 30th anniversary.
Unwilling to accept what others think of him, Ralph makes a wager and goes on a mission to get his very own medal.