'The Lego Batman Movie' - Movie Review

The movie starts with Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) doing his gravelly-voiced voice-over of the opening, including all the logos: "Black. All important movies start with a black screen... And music... Edgy, scary music ..." The number of references they manage to insert - including active characters in the movie, which suggests they got licensing rights, which is amazing - is hugely impressive, and very funny. The Daleks, Sauron, Voldemort, King Kong, many others. For old school fans of Batman, the rogues gallery here includes enemies of his ranging back 60 or 70 years and includes even "Condiment King" (yes, he really existed) The story is shortly shown to be about Batman/Bruce Wayne's deliberate isolation and fear of becoming part of a family after losing his previous family. But the frenetic shtick, so entertaining for the first 15 minutes, wears remarkably thin after an hour and 45 minutes. It's incredibly colourful and they make good use of the references, but I was pretty damn tired of it by the end.