The Lego Movie (2014, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller)

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Spoiler warning: these reviews reveal plot twists.

Relentlessly positive construction worker Emmett Brickowski learns that he has a destiny: to save the universe from the evil President Business. He soon joins a gang of rebels, and among his new allies are Batman and Superman…

Batman and Superman’s best bits:

* Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) saves Emmett and his new friends, Wyldstyle and Vitruvius, when they fall off a railway bridge. He’s Wyldstyle’s boyfriend and has a gravelly voice.

* His Batwing aircraft rebuilds in midair and turns into the Batmobile. Once on the road, he shows off his new sound system to Wyldstyle by playing her a song he’s written about himself (“Darkness! No parents!”).

* He joins up with the team, but hates the pink, fluffy Cloud Cuckoo Land where all the rebel master-builders meet for a powwow.

* Superman (Channing Tatum) is there too, being pestered by the Green Lantern, who has a man-crush on him (“Do you want to sit together at the meeting?” “Um, I have to go back to Krypton.” “Didn’t Krypton blow up?”). Also at the meeting are Robin Hood, Gandalf, ‘1980s-something space guy’, Wonder Woman, Michelangelo (the painter), Michelangelo (the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle) and many other icons.

* When the bad guys attack, the Batmobile is destroyed, while Superman is trapped in a big glob of chewing gum and gets captured.

* Batman wants to fight ‘every man for himself’-style, but Wyldstyle guilt-trips him into helping her.

* When Emmett suggests building a submarine, Batman pretends it was his idea – he wants it to be built in black “or very, very dark grey”.

* Batman seemingly abandons the gang when he gets a chance to swan off with Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian and C-3PO in the Millennium Falcon. (Lando and 3PO are voiced by the proper actors.) Wyldstyle is left gutted, so Emmett tries to console her: “You’re such an amazing person, and if Batman can’t see that, he’s just… well, he’s just as blind as a guy whose eyes have stopped working. And I’m gonna tell you something: Batman is the worst person I’ve ever met.” Batman then reappears. His betrayal was just a rouse so he could steal the Falcon’s hyperdrive. “Those guys were so lame,” he reports. “All they did was play space checkers. Plus, it turns out that hairy one’s a dude. And the metal one. All dudes.”

* During the raid on the baddies’ lair, Batman makes several attempts to hit a button with his bat-shaped throwing stars – he says, “Pow! Wham! Ka-zing!” as he throws. But when it’s suggested he should ‘masquerade’ as Bruce Wayne, he claims to have never heard of the guy.

* At the conclusion, Batman realises that Wyldstyle fancies Emmett, so lets her go: “He’s the hero you deserve.”

Review: What a smashing way to end this watch-through of every cinema film featuring Superman and/or Batman. The Lego Movie is witty, pacey and full of cute details. It’s subversive, satirical and ‘meta’. It’s often very funny and constantly inventive. Idea upon idea, joke upon joke, hit you at an amazing lick – it’s like Airplane for the sheer volume of joyful moments. It also reminded me of the best of Aardman or the Toy Story series. It’s *that* good.

Ten double-decker couches out of 10.

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