TL;DR – There was so much wasted potential here that you actually start to feel sorry for the film
Rating: 1.5 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special Review –
Well, few things in pop culture have such infamy as the original Star Wars Holiday Special. Sure you may have been the first time we got a look at Boba Fett, but well you don’t get to be a gag in Weird Al’s seminal White & Nerdy for nothing. Well, today we look at Lucasarts giving a second crack at the idea, but this time Lego.
So to set the scene, at the end of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The New Order was defeated, so Rey (Helen Sadler) and Fynn (Omar Miller) decided to travel to visit Chewbacca and his family on Kashyyyk to celebrate Life Day. But for Rey, this is a big struggle because she is struggling to train Fynn in the ways of the Jedi and takes a trip to the past to get some inspiration.
TL;DR – This is a breath of
fresh air in a crowded market that shines by showing the strength of people and
not my trying to tear them down.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
In Australia, it feels like if you want to make any new content you have two
choices Sport or Reality TV. Everything has to be designed around “Event TV’
that is television that you have to watch live so that you can be part of the
conversation the next day in the office. This has been done in the response of
shifting viewing habits of people away from traditional timeslots and TV
stations not knowing how to respond. In Australia that has meant that we are
inundated with one reality show after another, each jostling to try and be that
next event, often by scraping through the bottom of the barrel to see what is
underneath. For a viewer, this means that they take a concept and try and
stretch as much out of it as possible so it can fill as much of the schedule as
possible, and for a consumer, this is a real drag (and I assume it is no joy
for the people making it either). However, every now and again something will
break through the noise, and today I get the chance to look at just one such
show, even though it is a reality TV show on three times a week.
So to set the scene, if you have seen a reality competition show before then
you probably know what to expect here. Eight teams enter into a warehouse where
they battle in the challenge after challenge where some of them will be
eliminated until there is only one team left. The big change this time around
is that the arena where they are battling is not food, or singing, or being
married, at first sight, no it is building Lego creations. It is a show that
celebrates creativity, working under pressure, but also being part of a team,
and supporting them at each step of the way.
TL;DR – It takes the very best of Batman, adds in some great animation and adds an interesting villain, I highly recommend it
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
“I’m Batman”, it is a phrase so common I bet you just said it in your head Christian Bale style or indeed Will Arnett style. Batman is one of those unambiguous pop-culture references and touchstones that everyone knows about even if they have never read a comic or seen a movie. So if you are a marketing executive you are loving this exposure, however, the Batman from the Lego films is a parody and an almost one-note parody at that. This is a problem because we have seen over and over again when you take the zany side character and give them their own film it often doesn’t work, see the last Pirates of the Caribbean. So with today’s review, we are going to take a moment to look at what lead to the creation of this film, then look at the animation, story and characters, and see if it holds up.