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IT did not take long for the nov­elty of Lego movies to wear off.

Only the sec­ond of its kind af­ter 2014’s witty and eye-pop­pingly de­signed The Lego Movie, in which Lego char­ac­ters ex­isted ex­clu­sively within a Lego built world, The Lego Bat­man Movie has the sig­na­ture sass but lit­tle of the imag­i­na­tion.

Bat­man’s (Will Ar­nett) broody, lonely ex­is­tence is shaken up when Gotham’s new tough as nails po­lice com­mis­sioner Bar­bara Gordon (Rosario Daw­son) an­nounces the force will fight crime with­out the su­per­hero’s help.

But when the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and his team of su­pervil­lains sur­ren­der to the po­lice, Bat­man be­lieves he has an ul­te­rior mo­tive and is joined by new side­kick Dick Grayson/Robin (Michael Cera) to stop them.

This is ba­si­cally an­other Bat­man movie, as if we have not had enough,

but with a cheeky self-ref­er­en­tial streak. At first it is funny and there are some great mo­ments, pop cul­ture ref­er­ences and sight gags, but the longer this film goes on, the less fre­quently laugh out loud it be­comes.

de­spite the fast-paced ac­tion se­quences, the story lum­bers along to a pun­ish­ing hour and 45 minute mark.

If you en­joy this one, you will be pleased to learn there is an­other Lego movie on its way, al­ready be­ing ad­ver­tised. If not, you may not be so ex­cited by such news.

THE LEGO BAT­MAN MOVIE ★★½ Di­rected by: Chris McKay Star­ring: Will Ar­nett, Michael Cera, Rosario Daw­son Screen­ing: In cine­mas now Re­viewed by: Ju­lian Wright

A scene from The Lego Bat­man Movie, now show­ing in cine­mas across Perth.

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