‘Lego Star Wars’ brings a few chuckles
Three Stars out of Five
By Joanna MacGown
It’s that time of year again – the time when all the media companies are shoveling out holiday specials in the hopes that some of them will stick.
And now that Disney owns Star Wars, I suppose it was only a matter of time before Disney made one … despite the franchise’s rather unfortunate history with holiday specials.
The original “Star Wars Holiday Special” came out not long after the first Star Wars movie, but it was such an infamous disaster that all the people involved generally refused to acknowledge its existence, and to this day, it exists only as copies of VHS tapes recorded when it originally aired.
Sadly, while “The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special” (available on Disney+) acknowledges the existence of its predecessor, if you’re looking for some sort of parody of that disaster (or even a single joke at its expense), you’ll be disappointed like me. All it does is lift the title and the whole premise of Life Day.
Story-wise, it picks up sometime after Episode IX, with Lego Rey failing at teaching Lego Finn the ways of the Force. This is my first encounter with Lego Star Wars, so I can’t say how it compares to previous entries in that particular franchise, but it certainly lacked the sort of fun and creativity that you see in The Lego Movie or The Lego Batman Movie.
The characters are mostly exaggerations of the characters in the movies, not quite to the point of parody (except for the villains), but noticeably off. The only exceptions are the droids and Rose, one of only three characters that was voiced by her original actor (the others are Lando and C-3PO). I did appreciate her presence, if only because there was so little of her in the last movie.
At 45 minutes, this felt a little long – I think it could have just as easily been cut down to 30. Still, it was never annoying, and if you’re a fan of Star Wars, you’re bound to get a few chuckles out of all the characters from different eras of the franchise interacting.