LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special ★★★½ Hollywood 360 Radio Podcast

Hi Carl, tonight we have two films: First up streaming on Disney+ “LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special.” The film reunites Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie, Rose, and the droids for a joyous feast celebrating Life Day.

Most Star Wars fans know the 1978 Star Wars holiday special as the worst installment of the franchise. Thankfully, the 2020 edition directed by Ken Cunningham is sweet, charming, and has just the right amount of sarcasm to right the wrong of over twenty years ago—and rightly so. Fans deserve a great holiday film, and now, I’m pleased to say—they have it.
Clip: “Was the night before Life Day in a Galaxy Far, Far, Away…”

The adventure begins with a magical crystal unearthed at a mysterious Jedi Temple, where Rey and Finn are hurled across critical moments in Star Wars history. Finn longs to become a better Jedi master to her apprentice Rey as they cross paths with the iconic heroes and villains from the Skywalker films.

The key question here—can the duo make it back in time for the fun festivities of Life Day?
Rey and BB-8’s festive yet humorous escapade dials in at 45 minutes, featuring ongoing jokes that are full of heart, garnering an excellent escape for families. Yes, family-friendly is the keyword here!

I’m way in 3½ Stars out of 4, finally, a Stars Wars holiday film that is great fun!
It’s great to see so many familiar characters as Rey explores the past and present of the Skywalker saga and the expanded universe—with the surprise addition of The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda.

Sarah Knight Adamson© December 13, 2020

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