Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.
Five years ago, if someone said LEGO was going to make movies, and they were going to be good, the collective public would have scoffed. However, after the success of The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie and a slew of popular straight to DVD films, LEGO has a solid format.
And they have continued that with the latest installment, LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain. Brain Drain is the third film spinning off from the series, following “DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year” and “DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games.” The LEGO DC Super Hero Girls’ television show is in its third season, complete with an infectious theme song (“Get Your Cape On” by Jordyn Kane), LEGO playsets, graphic novels, and voice actor heavyweights such as Tara Strong, Grey DiLisle and Stephanie Sheh.
Brain Drain offers all the hallmarks of a LEGO production, the witty humor often riding the line between absurd and relatable. The characters, mostly comprised of an all-female ensemble, which is unusual for the genre, remain true to their bigger comic book personalities while in their high school setting. These characters also get to behave a bit differently, as you would probably never see Supergirl burping.
In this story, Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl are called to the scene of a crime, where they see their fellow super hero high school classmates, Katana and Bumblebee as the perpetrators. Perplexed as to why their two good classmates would suddenly turn bad, they engage in a chase scene but are lost on the trail. When they head to school the next day, the trio begins to pick up that something is very, very off.
As Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl uncover why Katana and Bumblebee were stealing things and why their own memories are askew, an engaging ride the whole way through is presented.
What ensues is the type of comedy we’ve known LEGO to deliver on consistently. As the super hero girls face some very 21st century problems (Batgirl releases an embarrassing video of Harley Quinn that goes viral). The humor is easy enough for children to get big laughs at, but there’s plenty of it that will have adults hovering nearby, or intently watching it with their offspring with splits in their sides. It’s the kind of humor LEGO and the creatives they hire nail time and time again.
As a kid’s movie, you can expect plenty of lesson learning. However, the lesson aren’t spoon fed and waved in front of you like an episode of Full House would do. Instead, they are neatly tucked in to dialogue and storyline.
LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain is out on DVD on August 8, and it is worth a trip to the store. It had thoughtful super heroes, jokes a plenty and a storyline fit for a comic book movie. With the summer wrapping up, it is sure to bring about great afternoon of fun in the air conditioner for you and the kids. (But it’s totally acceptable to watch on your own too!)
When Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Bumblebee and Katana suddenly realize they cannot remember a single moment from their Monday at Super Hero High, the young DC Super Heroes spring into sleuthing action! Suspecting foul-play, they band together to retrace their steps and uncover the mystery of who exactly stole their memories – and what nefarious plan might be afoot?