Saturday, June 24, 2017

What I've Been Watching: WB June Edition



THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE:



"Lego Batman Movie, The (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) (BD)
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman (Will Arnett) – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up."

If Batman Vs Superman left a terrible taste in your mouth due to it's extreme darkness, good news, here's your alternative. While I prefer the dark, serious take on Batman, Lego Batman combines everything that makes Batman so enjoyable for all ages. Using references to all incarnations of Batman from the 60s tv to Batman 89 to The Animated Series and everywhere in between. Now that doesn't automatically mean it's a children's movie, although it is a great movie to show your children. At the same time, there's gonna be something fun and enjoyable for fans of every age.

The story of Batman not wanting to accept new partners or friends is a Batman story as old as the character itself. That's been done to death in every cartoon and movie to date. Using Legos and catering to every audience makes it a little bit more fun. The humor, the in jokes, the fan service. There's no way you can watch this movie and not enjoy it. This movie is a perfect movie for Batman fans and for families looking for a great addition to movie night!

And for those who love Batman 1989 just as much as I do, be sure to keep your ears open when TwoFace talks...Trust me! ;)


In the irreverent spirit of fun that made "The LEGO® Movie" a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble - LEGO Batman (Will Arnett) - stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Special Features: Super Special Features: 4 New Original Animated Shorts, 4 Deleted Scenes, 6 Featurettes
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made "The LEGO® Movie" a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble - LEGO Batman (Will Arnett) - stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Special Features: Super Special Features: 4 New Original Animated Shorts, 4 Deleted Scenes, 6 Featurettes
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made "The LEGO® Movie" a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble - LEGO Batman (Will Arnett) - stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Special Features: Super Special Features: 4 New Original Animated Shorts, 4 Deleted Scenes, 6 Featurettes
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made "The LEGO® Movie" a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble - LEGO Batman (Will Arnett) - stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Special Features: Super Special Features: 4 New Original Animated Shorts, 4 Deleted Scenes, 6 Featurettes
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made "The LEGO® Movie" a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble - LEGO Batman (Will Arnett) - stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Special Features: Super Special Features: 4 New Original Animated Shorts, 4 Deleted Scenes, 6 Featurettes


CHiPs:





"Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Michael Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten-up pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job — inside the CHP. The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s bike skills combined with Ponch’s street savvy it might just work…if they don’t drive each other crazy along the way."


 I wasn't born in the 1970s but I remember my family being a huge fan of CHiPs and I certainly recall watching reruns with them, so I kinda knew enough about the show going into this movie. I know a lot of fans who were not looking forward to this because the show meant so much to them. I get it. It's how I felt going into the first 21 Jump Street movie. Sadly, as much as I loved 21 Jump Street, fans of CHiPs didn't love this movie. But I gotta say, I thought it was pretty good.

Ok, this is not the 1970s tv show. It wasn't going to capture that similar feel. It's nearly impossible. Beside, if this movie was going to be exactly like the tv show, there'd be no point. I personally love a when a show gets rebooted into a movie, because even though it's not the original characters or actors, it still offers an extension and grants a new generation a look at an old favorite.

Now that said, there's a lot of goofiness going on in this movie and a lot of sophomoric humor, which I'm a big fan of. I'm also a big fan of Dax Sheppard, who has come a long way since being just a stunt boy on Punk'd. I think comedy is where he shines the most and this was definitely an entertaining effort on his part. I think Michael Pena does a great job playing a straight man to Dax's comedic relief. It's a good pairing and it worked. My only issue with the movie was it relied too heavily on the silly humor and not enough of a story. But then again, when I watch a comedy, I'm more interested in getting laughs than a story. So in those terms, I totally liked this movie and hope for a sequel. Is a sequel possible? I would certainly hope so. Maybe more fans could give it a second chance!

Both of these fun releases get a recommendation out of me! Either movie is a good choice for a laugh or two!


-Chad




1 comment:

  1. Was going to see CHiPS in theaters but it was gone pretty much right after it was released lol

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