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Director: Ken Cunningham
Writer(s): David Shayne
Cast: Kelly Marie Tran, Matt Lanter, Billy Dee Williams
Synopsis: Rey leaves her friends to prepare for Life Day as she sets off on an adventure to gain a deeper knowledge of the Force. At a mysterious temple, she is hurled into a cross-timeline adventure. Will she make it back in time for Life Day?
In the newest piece of Star Wars media, we visit the future of the Skywalker Saga in an effort to revisit the past in a fun and LEGO-filled way. We meet back up with our heroes after the events of The Rise of the Skywalker with Rey trying to teach Finn, yielding Rey’s iconic Golden Lightsaber, in the ways of the Jedi. She can feel a strong sense of the force within him and is determined to revive the Jedi name through Finn.
After a few failed attempts, she reads that the key to her becoming the greatest master would be in a key that can only be found on “Life Day”, the Star Wars stand-in for their Winter Holidays. While the rest of the crew: Rose, Finn, Poe, and Chewbacca, are preparing for a Life Day party, Rey feels that going to find this key is more important. She separates herself from the rest of the group, and along with BB-8 searches for the key.
Rey quickly finds out that this “key” is really a device that can take you through time to many different moments in Star Wars history. Some of these include Luke and Yoda on Dagobah, Obi-Wan and Anakin’s battle on Mustafar, and countless others throughout the Star Wars lore.
This special might not do too much to further the story of the Skywalker Saga, but does a remarkable job of revisiting some of the most famous scenes, moments, quotes, and easter eggs of the previous 9 movies (and maybe a TV show as well). Throughout the entire special, you can’t help but feel happy as a Star Wars fan to revisit all of these precious moments in such a fun way. You see the small moments, and the big ones, that will make you remember what you love so much about this franchise. There is never a sense of redundancy or rehashing that happens either, but a purely original look at some of Star Wars’ bests moments.
But, this is what LEGO has always managed to do well anytime it takes a property. They completely make it their own whether it be movies, video games, or specials like this. The process shouldn’t work, but has continued to bring fun and enjoyable moments for years now, and I can’t wait to see what else LEGO has in store.
Final: Lego Star Wars Holiday Special is a LEGO-filled retelling of the best moments in all of Star Wars lore. Fans of the franchise should find enjoyment in seeing all of their favorite moments retold in a fun, exciting, and witty way.
ON DISNEY+ NOVEMBER 17
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.