Genre Guesstimation – The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (2020)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Chris ‘Tank’ Tanski of Fright Rags and we will be reviewing our favorite Alternative Christmas Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Dec by sending them to alternativetank@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Tank!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Alternative Christmas Movies……

“Participation trophies for Jedis there are not. ” – Yoda

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Dec 2020)

Brief Synopsis – As Life Day approaches, Rey trains Finn in the ways of the Jedi, she learns of a secret Jedi temple that could help her be a more effective teacher

My Take on it – As a Die Hard Star Wars fan, I was looking forward to seeing this ever since it was announced.

They do a fun job here with this story and they find ways to give us so much insight into the type of connection that a Jedi Master and Padawan should have.

The film uses a very clever plot device here that allows some of the characters to travel through time and space and land in other Star Wars films in an attempt to gain more knowledge on how it is to be a Jedi Master.

The choice of scenes that the characters appear in are great ad help make things so much more fun to watch especially for someone like me who can understand just about every one of the connections.

The main drawback of this film is that since it’s a Lego movie, they apparently wanted to make thins more kid friendly, so they throw in lots of silly jokes which drag things down a bit and take away from this being even more powerful to watch unfold.

Bottom Line – Fun Star Wars story that gives us some more insight into the type of connection that a Master and Padawan must have. The film uses a clever device to have some of the characters become transported into key scenes of some of the films in the series and they do a wonderful job making all the right connections. Being that this is a Lego movie, they go a bit overboard trying to make this more kid friendly and that actually hurts things a bit due to some of the silly dialogue thrown in along the way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Premiered on Disney+ on the same date (17 November) that the original The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) was broadcast on CBS 42 years earlier. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. Star Wars story are always fun, but this is far from perfect despite the vast Star Wars knowledge ingrained into this story.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (2020)

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur – December Finale – Die Hard (1988) – Fright Rags | MovieRob

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