This review was first published in the Holyoke Enterprise.
“Kid Tested – Uncle Approved” is a review series for adults whom either have children or spend a lot of time with children. More often than not, you’ll end up watching something with the kids and a lot of times, the schlock you watch is utterly terrible. I shuffle through Netflix (with recommendations from friends with kids), and find movies and shows worth watching and, occasionally, ones that turn out to be great.
“LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload”
I love LEGO. I played with them as a kid, I play with them now (despite my wife’s groans), and I’ll play with them when I have kids. With the release of LEGO video games back in the 2000s (LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Indiana Jones, LEGO Harry Potter, and LEGO Batman to name a few), LEGO essentially saved itself from bankruptcy by revamping their business model to better fit the market. And thanks to that forward thinking, we now have movies, awesome new play sets, and video games, including a recently announced “LEGO Jurassic World” video game which will included all four movies in the gameplay (you can’t hear me, but I just squealed with joy).
And, as it turns out, their movies are really good. The writing is clever and witty, simple enough for kids to understand with one-liners that get the grown-ups chuckling. I mean, what seven-year-old would understand a cable company joke about arriving “sometime between 8 and 4”. That one’s for us adults. And we thank them for it.
The story begins with Doc Oc attacking a secret SHIELD base in New Jersey and Nick Fury sending Spider-man to stop him. Loki watches from his lair on Asgard and sends a ball of Norn Frost, a concentrated snow ball of magical power, through a portal, causing Doc Oc to “overload” his powers. His reason? There’s nothing better on TV!
Spider-man easily dispatches Doc Oc only to then face-off with Venom, now overloaded by Norn Frost too. What’s going on with these super villains? Ironman, Captain America, the Hulk, and many more heroes of the Marvel Universe do battle against their respective villains until Thor, Spider-man and Ironman travel to Loki’s lair to stop him once and for all.
At 22 minutes, this is a great little cartoon. It’s very funny, has great action, and if you’re a comic book nerd, you’ll get all kinds of warm and fuzzies watching your favorite heroes in LEGO-form with your kids. And Stan Lee even has a cameo as the hot dog vendor! What more do you need?
Rating: Five out of five Snack Packs
Lincoln L. Hayes is a former writer and columnist of the Holyoke Enterprise. He lives in New York City where he is pursuing an acting and filmmaking career. Follow his work at http://www.lincolnlhayes.com.