DC SuperHero Girls: Intergalactic Games
DC SuperHero Girls: Intergalactic Games 2017
One thing that I realized while watching this movie is that it is going to be increasingly difficult to review more movies in this series without getting too repetitive. I’m going to try my best, but this is only the third of these movies that I’ve watched and I feel like I’ve already said everything that needs to be said in the previous two reviews. And there’s three more of these that have already come out left for me to watch and review. But while these aren’t the greatest in cinematic creation, they aren’t completely insufferable and they generally clock in at the standard for DC animated films being just an hour and fifteen minutes. The one thing that I am slightly curious about is if there is any continuity between the movies going forward, especially as they switch from regular animation in this movie to LEGO animation for the next several.
This is the second full length movie in this series but it doesn’t really follow much of the events of Hero of the Year and brings in Starfire as a new lead to help tie in with her sister Blackfire. There’s still a big, heroic contest going on in this movie like in Hero of the Year, but this time it brings in two different schools that are both led by villains though one is more like an anti-hero type school led by Sinestro with Blackfire and Lobo of all characters to be among the students. The third school is basically Apokolips with Granny Goodness and the Furies. Both schools have ties to a character within SuperHero High where Blackfire is Starfire’s less heroic sister, and Big Barda was previously one of the Furies before turning a leaf and becoming more heroic.
For a film whose title is about the Intergalactic Games, the actual games don’t take up very much of the overall screen time. Instead, there’s about three other plot threads that dilute the story and ultimately make the one hour and fifteen minute movie feel about twice as long. Besides the actual games, there’s a trio of metallic robots causing havoc which ultimately end up being a creation of one of the professors who was trying to more or less give them free will to make them heroes somehow. There’s also Lena Luthor posing as the school’s IT consultant who ends up trying to use the robots and the school’s tech to destroy the school itself. Also also, there’s the Apokolips school who also seem to be after using the robots for some reason but get into the Intergalactic Games to help them accomplish that goal or something along those lines. In other words, there’s a lot of different threads to keep track of. It isn’t exactly difficult to keep track of what’s going on as it’s rather simplified, it’s just unnecessarily complicated.
When it actually does get to the actual Intergalactic Games, they’re not even handled very well. We really only get to see about three of the events and one of them gets cut short as Supergirl and Starfire excuse themselves to save a couple people from a building fire. Of course, the games come down to the last event as SuperHero High have to face off against Sinestro’s school while Apokolips is a distant third. And before they can, things get interrupted by the climactic action scene.
Similar to the other SuperHero Girls movies, there are a series of morality plays going on through the course of the film. There’s the sisters Starfire and Blackfire who have more or less gone their separate ways being in different schools with different ideals, partly focused on the fact that Batgirl doesn’t have any super powers and shouldn’t be included with the rest of the supers, but by the end of the movie, they are able to find common ground, Blackfire is able to respect Batgirl’s abilities, and reconnect with her sister. Wonder Woman also gets the chance to become a peacekeeping ambassador for Themyscira but throws it away when she’s asked to protect the head ambassador and instead goes off to actually fight and do heroic deeds. There’s also plenty of opportunities for the girls to attempt to create friendships rather than just fight their way through things as the actual villain of the movie changes three to four times. They try to seek help from Lena, and one of the robots becomes sentient and heroic at the end.
All in all, this felt roughly the same quality of the two previous SuperHero girls movies that I have reviewed. There’s not really anything special here, it’s overly complicated and the characters aren’t exactly very well rounded. The action scenes were decent, the comedy was ok, it felt like it was trying to recreate some of the best parts of My Little Pony and Steven Universe, but it doesn’t quite make it. There were a few fun background moments with Parasite the janitor. Not only that, but one of my complaints about the previous movie where the majority of the students were female while the majority of teachers were male wasn’t nearly as bad here. There were a few male students sprinkled throughout like the Flash, and the mix of male to female adults was more even with Waller, Goodness, and Luthor even though two of those were villains. I do still think that this is a good series of movies for anyone who has a daughter who enjoys superheroes because there are so few female-focused superhero movies out there, and while this isn’t the best, it’s pretty ok. Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.